Improving Developer Tool Sets: Shortening the Time to Innovation

BrandPost By Aaron Goldberg
Oct 05, 2021
IT Leadership

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As businesses go digital and customer experience (CX) improvements are delivered via new applications and services, the team of developers that build these experiences become central to getting things done and driving revenue. Indeed, the speed of development often determines the speed of business, and dev teams’ need to innovate demands that they be given the optimal tools and flexibility to customize those tools to be successful. That means eliminating siloed systems and tools that result in inconsistency and make it difficult to innovate quickly and collaborate efficiently.

Complexity is the enemy of efficient and timely development. Developers are most comfortable using specific environments or tools, and every time they must work with technology that they aren’t facile in, the process slows down. Ideally, they should share one modern, cloud-native framework that enhances the team’s productivity.

Adobe has addressed this issue with the upcoming launch of Adobe Developer App Builder, a complete framework to extend and integrate Adobe’s enterprise applications in Adobe Experience Cloud. With seamless integration and consistency, the App Builder reduces the time it takes to create apps from days to as little as 15-30 minutes. The framework will be available for Adobe Experience Manager starting in December and will be released shortly after for Adobe Commerce and Adobe Sign.

The key to the solution is providing extensibility across the development areas of user experience, core services, and middleware. This extensibility gives developers much greater leverage from both existing code and new development.

  • User experience extensibility: A consistent framework gives developers control over everything end users experience in their journey.
  • Core services extensibility: Enables developers to enhance default behavior within Experience Manager workflows with custom features and business logic.
  • Middleware extensibility: Enables developers to tie Experience Manager into existing back-end systems, connecting external enterprise systems through custom connectors or leveraging a suite of pre-built integrations.

Developers like that App Builder delivers strong and seamless integration, especially because the framework is cloud-native. The open-source and serverless implementation offers the flexibility to utilize different cloud service providers based on the unique needs of a functional team or the app itself.

App Builder provides developers a modern, cutting-edge, cloud-native environment that delivers far faster time to solution, reduces costs, and makes integration of apps and services seamless. And with App Builder, developers are not limited to APIs for Adobe apps; they can use Adobe’s SDK to integrate Adobe applications.

To try App Builder, developers can sign up for the trial program here.