4 Technologies that Remove Barriers to Web App Innovation

Innovation is about more than simply having great ideas. It’s also about being able to implement them. Here are 4 technologies that remove barriers to web app innovation.

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Entando - Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Tags: Micro Frontends Microservices Process Management

User experience is key to the success of any organization. When potential customers come to your app or website, they're expecting an experience that’s intuitive and easy to use. And if your UX doesn’t measure up, people will vote with their feet and abandon your brand.

Organizations that invest lots of effort and resources into perfecting their user experience are far more competitive, and the data bears that out. One study indicates that a well-designed user interface could increase your website’s conversion rate by as much as 200 percent, and a better UX design could give you 400 percent more conversions.

In order to rise to the challenge, enterprises need applications that are responsive to user needs and must constantly iterate their user experiences to perfect them over time, as well as remain current with UX trends.

But in order to deliver modern experiences to users, developers need to utilize modern methodologies. Organizations need to look for tools that remove barriers to fast innovation.

Here are 4 technologies that will help your team to move more quickly and create innovative user experiences.

1. A Microservice & Micro Frontend Architecture

Monolithic application architectures present a considerable barrier to fast innovation. Development and deployment can be slowed, and organizational barriers to change can arise. Teams are unable to quickly iterate certain functionalities without affecting the entire codebase.

Microservices and micro frontends support autonomous, cross-functional teams and allow organizations to maintain high efficiency as their needs grow in size and complexity. Microservices focus on decoupling backend logic from the monolith, while micro frontends focus on breaking up the frontend monolith.

These smaller codebases are easier to maintain, and cross-functional teams are able to iterate at the speed of their ideas. Rather than wading through the red tape that may come along with updating a monolith, these cross-functional teams are able to focus on continually experimenting with features in order to drive a better user experience.

2. A Kubernetes-Native Infrastructure

Kubernetes is an open source container orchestration system. Taken from the Greek word meaning “helmsman,” Kubernetes allows developers to determine a desired state for their containerized applications and then manages containers to maintain that desired state at scale. Enterprises who develop Kubernetes-native applications are able to optimize infrastructural resources by scaling applications up and down quickly, based on user demand.

Enterprises can also deploy applications that are self-healing, since Kubernetes is able to automatically diagnose an issue and resolve it when a particular instance fails. Kubernetes also allows for rolling updates for applications, incrementally updating pod instances. These features enable organizations to rest more easily knowing that their users are not likely to experience any application downtime, even if particular instances of it run into a problem.

The consistently excellent performance of an application goes a long way toward bolstering the credibility of an organization and builds the user's trust of the application.

3. Automated Code Generation Tools

When building applications, an organization’s ability to increase efficiency and automate repeatable tasks can go a long way toward allowing them to focus more energy on the business logic and UX features of a functionality.

Employing a code generation tool like JHipster frees developers from needing to handcraft boilerplate code, enabling quicker development and oftentimes even improving the quality of the code delivered. And since this automated code generation facilitates the sharing of resources across different projects with little ramp up time, organizations are able to develop applications more quickly and afforably.

All this allows teams to focus on what really matters--creating an intuitive and captivating experience for the user.

4. Business Process Automation

Business process management and automation are a key part of delivering a high quality experience to users, whether they are from within your organization or consumers and potential customers.

Building automation into your application may go a long way in improving your staff morale. One survey of customer support professionals revealed that maintaining or improving morale was very challenging, likely because of the high volume of necessary but repetitive tasks. Investing in process automation could likely alleviate much of this strain and provide a better working experience for employees.

What’s more is that the user experience of a consumer or potential customer is greatly improved through automation. 60 percent of US consumers actually prefer an automated or digital self-serve customer experience that enables them to access services on demand without the help of an employee.

User experiences that are augmented by responsive automation are likely to be perceived as modern, and the measure to which they anticipate a user’s need and fulfill it is where enterprises have an opportunity to innovate.

Entando is removing barriers to innovation.

When release cycles take months instead of weeks, your business is left unable to deliver modern online experiences. Development bottlenecks slow your ability to make application updates, keeping you from iterating and innovating. And outdated or clunky UX keeps you from winning customers over and retaining them.

So that’s why we created a platform to help you get your ideas to market faster.

Entando is the leading micro frontend platform for building enterprise web apps on Kubernetes. We want to change the way enterprises think about building their apps, sites, and portals in order to innovate more quickly.

With Entando, you can leverage customized blueprints to quickly create micro frontends and assemble them onto a single page. Then reuse UI/UX components across multiple projects via the Entando Component Repository, saving money and increasing development speed. Scale quickly and effectively with Entando’s custom Kubernetes operator, automating the deployment of scalable, self-healing applications.

Entando is open source with available enterprise support. Begin developing on the platform today, and get a quote to see how our Professional Services team can help your enterprise build better apps, sites, and portals--faster.

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