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Why You Need a Micro Frontend Platform for Kubernetes

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - Entando

In a world where customers will abandon your brand after even one bad online experience, constantly innovating UX is essential to any business plan. However, when your organization builds large web apps with a monolithic structure, it can be difficult to respond to user needs in real time. 

To overcome this challenge, many IT leaders have opted for a more modular approach to development. Building applications with micro frontends in a Kubernetes environment can help you structure your organization into independent teams that have control over a particular business function within a larger app at every layer of the stack. In so doing, you allow your decision making units to be smaller, which enables your organization to innovate more quickly overall. 

So then why do you need a micro frontend platform for Kuberntes? What does a platform add that enhances this process?  

Here are 3 compelling reasons your enterprise needs a micro frontend platform.

1. Managing Complexity

While developing with micro frontends on Kubernetes brings a number of benefits, it also presents some considerable challenges. And that’s because deploying Kubernetes-native apps with a micro frontend architecture is a complex process. 

In order to accommodate these complexities, you can build your own framework. Or you can leverage a micro frontend platform like Entando. 

A micro frontend platform provides developers with tools to rapidly build, design, and assemble applications from micro frontends, microservices, and web content in a Kubernetes environment.

A platform like Entando integrates technologies to help you more quickly develop components and easily compose them into a unified user experience. By integrating with JHipster, Entando allows you to generate micro frontends from customized blueprints, eliminating the need for your teams to spend time writing boilerplate code and shortening your time to market. Entando also provides a UI interface for assembling your components, as well as a WCMS for your team to update content. 

Building Kubernetes-native apps with micro frontends isn’t impossible without these tools, but it quickly becomes a much more arduous process. And you could certainly build your own framework to accommodate for these needs. But your time would probably be better spent using a micro frontend platform, so that you can simply focus on building your apps.

2. Reusing Components Across Projects

Another great benefit of using a micro frontend platform, and Entando in particular, is the ability to reuse components across projects. With the Entando Component Repository, you can create your own library of components that can be accessed by any of your teams for any of your web app projects. 

Doing this will help you implement and manage a strong design language system and promote consistent look and feel and usability standards. As you build more applications using the repository, your development time will decrease as you reuse more components, lowering your overall costs.

3. Support for your Enterprise

Entando is an open source company, and the platform is available for any development team to use. Furthermore, the open source community surrounding the platform can go a long way toward helping you accomplish your goals. We have easy to use getting started instructions, documentation, tutorials, webinars, and a community forum

Additionally, Entando offers enterprise subscriptions and professional services. Some of the service packages we offer include Entando Innovation Labs to get your project up and running quickly, Upgrade Analysis to help you transition to the latest version of the platform, Architectural Review to ensure your project gets started right, and UX Standardization to align user experience standards across your organization. 

Begin developing with the leading micro frontend platform for building enterprise web apps on Kubernetes.

When release cycles take months instead of weeks, your business is left unable to deliver modern online experiences. Development and deployment 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 using the Entando Component Generator (built on JHipster) 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 and services. Begin developing on the platform today, and get a quote to see how our team can help your enterprise build better apps, sites, and portals--faster.

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