WSO2 App Factory is a shared, multi-tenanted, elastic and self-service enterprise DevOps platform. It is designed for multiple project teams to collaboratively write applications and manage their lifecycle stages in a shared, regulated and a controlled manner.
Why you need a controlled development infrastructure
An organization exposing its applications as APIs to external parties ideally want to control what kind of applications are developed using their APIs, and how. API providers want to control and monitor API usage for various reasons such as business, security and monetization. Organizations also want their in-house development teams to follow a common set of standards and best practices when developing applications.
A collaborative development platform is the easiest way to impose rules, governance policies and maintain control over all aspects of the software development lifecycle. You can enforce developers to follow a uniform practice with defined coding guidelines, a standard set of libraries, best practices, and ensure that a checklist of prerequisites is met before an application goes into production.
There are numerous drawbacks in not providing such a controlled infrastructure. For example, developers and QA end up building and testing applications in environments that might not simulate a real production setting. The result is that issues appear only when the application runs in production. Issues appearing in later stages of the lifecycle impose a greater cost of recovery. A controlled and a managed software development infrastructure ensures early issue detection, cost savings and faster go-to-market.
Unified platform with WSO2 App Factory
WSO2 App Factory is equipped with a complete software development life cycle (SDLC) tool chain that aims to address many aspects of the application management process such as project tracking, source code management, issue tracking, test tools, build and release management and team management. WSO2 App Factory facilitates this complex set of tasks so that teams have a unified, controlled platform to easily create and administer projects, automatically build applications, provision quality assurance environments, run continuous integration tests, and continuously promote and deploy software assets across development life-cycle environments (i.e., development, test, and production).
Figure: Lifecycle Management Activities Integrated in App Factory
WSO2 App Factory encourages software delivery best practices and is highly extensible and customizable. Since all the third-party tools used in App Factory are integrated through extension points, you can easily configure new lifecycle stages, workflows and tools of your choice.
In summary, WSO2 App Factory provides you the following advantages.
- Reduces the cost of development and time-to-market by early detection of issues.
Simplifies the developer experience. Developers simply select a project type and the platform creates a skeleton project automatically.
- Extensible and customizable. Allows you to add tools and workflows you are already familiar with.
- The platform automatically manages dependencies for you. For example, when moving an application from development to staging, you usually have to connect to different APIs and databases. But now, the developer can simply move the application through its lifecycle stages while the platform automatically connects it to correct resources.
Can impose policies and standards between lifecycle stages so that an application won't progress from one stage to the other before meeting regulatory and quality standards.
Helps build a digital business ecosystem. You can make your applications public in a storefront and encourage to reuse them and build new applications. Since developers understand what capabilities are already available before starting a new development, cost of rework is reduced.
- Provides numerous dashboards to manage and monitor.