In an industry where precision and efficiency are paramount, actuaries are finding dynamic allies in low-code applications. These applications, developed by actuarial teams and powered by a Data Symphony platform that combines an Office.js Excel front-end with a versatile microservices backend, are setting a new standard in actuarial workspaces. Whether hosted in the cloud or on-premises, this platform’s flexibility accommodates the complex computations actuaries require and provides a familiar interface through which they can interact with sophisticated plugins.



In the intricate realm of actuarial science, professionals have long relied on technology to navigate complex computations and data analyses. However, the current landscape in many actuarial work environments is one marked by redundancy, inefficiency, and risk. It’s not uncommon to find different teams within the same organization independently constructing similar tools and capabilities, predominantly in Excel. This siloed approach inevitably leads to significant duplication of effort and, given the varying levels of expertise among teams, a disparity in the quality and efficiency of the tools created.

Moreover, the prevalent reliance on Excel has its pitfalls. While Excel is a powerful and accessible tool, its use can engender critical challenges, especially when versioning workbooks. The versioning is often a manual and cumbersome process, prone to human error. Without an automated, standardized system, versions can be saved incorrectly or, worse, work can be lost entirely, leading to setbacks and unreliable outputs.

This fragmented and precarious environment underscores the need for a transformative solution. The advent of low-code applications, developed by actuarial teams and underpinned by a platform combining an Office.js Excel front-end with a microservices backend, heralds this new era. Hosted flexibly through cloud services like AWS or on-premises, this innovative platform transcends traditional barriers by offering a unified, reliable, and adaptable workspace. Its generalizable nature ensures it serves not as a mere temporary fix but as a sustainable, evolving asset capable of reshaping the actuarial world.

Empowering Teams through Collaborative Customization

One of the standout benefits of transitioning to a low-code microservices environment is the democratization of development capabilities. No longer confined to the purview of a specialized few, the ability to contribute code logic becomes accessible to teams across the organization. As teams embed their unique expertise and insights into the platform, they inherently create tools that can benefit the wider organization.

By introducing this modular, low-code approach, teams can seamlessly share, modify, and expand upon the capabilities developed by their colleagues. The cumulative effect is a repository of powerful, refined tools and services, each reflecting the combined expertise of the organization, readily available to address diverse actuarial challenges.

Seamlessness of Office.js Excel Front-end

Office.js provides the tools necessary for creating interactive, data-rich Excel add-ins that are web-based but can interact deeply with the content and functionalities of Microsoft Office applications. This is especially beneficial for actuaries, as Excel remains a staple in their day-to-day operations. By leveraging a familiar interface, the learning curve is significantly reduced, encouraging greater adoption and utilization among actuarial teams.

Versatility of Microservices Architecture

The microservices backend stands as the cornerstone of this platform’s operational prowess. By decomposing applications into smaller, loosely coupled services, each service performs a specific process and communicates via well-defined APIs. This architectural style offers enhanced scalability and allows for parts of applications to be updated independently, without affecting the overall operation—a critical feature for continuous refinement in actuarial applications.

Cloud and On-Premises Hosting

Whether opting for the broad accessibility and robustness of cloud platforms like AWS or the control and security of on-premises hosting, this platform maintains its efficacy. Since the services are doing the majority of the workload (e.g. moving and transforming data) and are hosted on the company network, slow connections and VPN stability issues will have a minor impact.


The advent of low-code applications in the actuarial realm marks a significant stride toward heightened efficiency, precision, and adaptability. By melding a user-friendly Office.js Excel front-end with a potent microservices backend, and offering flexible hosting options, this generalized platform is not just a current solution but a future-proof asset. It epitomizes a collaborative effort between actuaries and development teams, all geared towards refined, reliable, and revolutionary actuarial workspaces. The fusion of these technologies paves the way for an era where actuaries are not just consumers of technology but active participants in its evolution.

Take the Next Step with Data Symphony

Are you intrigued by the prospects of revolutionizing your actuarial workspace with a cutting-edge, low-code platform? We have a platform that is quick to deploy and integrates front-end Office.js Excel with backend microservices to enable the creation of transformative solutions tailored to the unique demands of actuaries. Don’t let your organization be left behind in the age of digital transformation. Reach out to Data Symphony today and embark on a journey towards streamlined efficiency, unparalleled precision, and collaborative empowerment.