The MACH Alliance has set out to break the release cycles of enterprise solutions and promote a new ecosystem of technologies within companies. Frontastic is in on the action from the outset.
At 9:00 a.m. on June 23, commercetools, Contentstack, EPAM Systems, and Valtech officially launched the MACH Alliance. Their goal is to make companies aware that enterprise suites have long since ceased to be “the more secure solution”. The future belongs to an ecosystem of technologies that are: based on microservices; think API-first; are at home in the Cloud as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS); and are headless. The Alliance is committed to breaking the release cycles of enterprise solutions and helping companies leverage the best and most agile systems, processes and skills.
There’s a clear paradigm shift in the world of enterprise software, which we’ve supported as a Frontend-as-a-Service (FEaaS) provider from the start. We know that the future belongs to individual business functionalities that are developed, installed and managed independently and can be connected via API interfaces. We also know that these microservices must be delivered as SaaS in the Cloud. And of course we know that it makes sense to decouple frontend presentation from backend logic, channels and programming languages. In this respect, we consider such an alliance to be extremely important and helpful, and we’re convinced that it’ll give extra momentum to our area of frontend development.
A powerful frontend can only develop its full potential in a powerful software architecture
The importance of digital touchpoints to customers was highlighted by the Corona shutdown. The frontend of an online shop as a digital shop window is increasingly becoming the determining factor in the interaction with consumers. A glance into such a shop window is often enough to make or break a purchase decision. A retailer often doesn’t get a second chance.
Accordingly, it’s important to convince customers at first glance. But when it comes to customer experience, online shoppers are increasingly spoiled and demanding. They take it for granted that their shopping experience is intuitive, seamless, pleasant and personalized. But retailers can quickly fail to meet these demands if they use monolithic systems. Although they offer comprehensive basic functionalities, they’re never specialized in one area. The growing complexity and demands for an optimized frontend can’t serve such solutions. On the other hand, a FaaS solution such as Frontastic helps companies to get innovative ideas on the road quickly.
But a powerful frontend can only develop its full potential in the environment of a powerful solutions architecture. Solutions that are MACH (Microservices-based, API first, Cloud native and Headless) offer precisely the optimized interaction and flexibility that’ll enable retailers and brands to survive. However, practical experience also shows that many retailers and brands are still struggling to understand MACH-based software structures, let alone apply them in their own organizations. The MACH Alliance has set out to close the existing knowledge gap. We want to support them with all our might because once you go MACH, you never go back!
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