The New Front-End Landscape
- Data is (and is not) Like Oil
- Are You a Data-Intensive Application? [Yes]
- Building Non-Linear Applications
- The New Front-End Landscape
Data-intensive applications are everywhere. Companies are building these products to sell, and increasingly, more companies are building them internally to leverage their own internal data, AI/ML initiatives, sensors, and more.
We have seen countless companies sitting on exabytes of data but not having the ability to turn oil into gold. You constantly hear about companies that are never able to leverage their customer data, create a new offering for their customers, or even internal departments being stymied by their internal IT’s resources and bandwidth to take on new projects. Often this is because the bottleneck for creating such rich and non-linear workflows has been the creation of a usable front-end.
When we look out at the front-end development landscape we can decompose the world into 2 axes… how fast a team can get value/build a product and how open is the stack.
And in this space, something very exciting is happening at Kleeen Software – at the intersection of an open-stack and fast time to value.
Open Stack + Long Time to Value
But while the time-to-value is long, the control is quite high. You and your team can customize everything. The front-end stack is yours to control… and so is your middleware, your backend, your DB, your hosting, authentication and more. Anything you ask your engineering team to do is technically “possible,” but it all comes at a cost. That is the freedom that has kept manual development the go-to solution for building data-intensive SaaS applications.
Open Stack + Quick Time to Value
Kleeen Software has taken a wholly different approach. Our solution is not about enabling customers to build workflow wizards or forms for their end-users; rather it empowers customers to build products/solutions which the end-user can use to investigate data a little differently every time. This is perfect for unstructured and non-linearly structured tasks – where there exists a clearly defined structure and relationship to the underlying data.
To create a product with Kleeen, you input WHAT you want your customers to do and WHY – not drag and drop. And as a result, it isn’t just “low code,” Kleeen is No Code to generate the application front-end. Kleeen’s AI will construct workflows, design UI, and generate production code ready for you to integrate to your APIs and ship.
Moreover, instead of previewing with a mockup, picture, or drag-and-drop layout – Kleeen builds you an instant prototype – the real production UI code (running on Kleeen’s cloud) but with simulated data. Test and validate before you spend months building out a data-lake or analytics. This is true WYSIWYG because this is the real UI with all interactions there to experience live. Thus you can design and build out a new product in a few hours, iterate and have a full front-end integrated with your stack in days, not months.
Kleeen Software is not just about BI and data visualizations. We create the UI and the UX, allowing you to create a “Single Pane of Glass” to merge insights and context from those data visualizations with CRUD operations, actionable insights, and buttons that can connect to complex back-end business logic or even change data values to move a company forward. In short, we allow end-users to analyze data, make their decisions, and take action, regardless of where the data resides.
The secret here is transparency. Kleeen Software generates front-end code and checks it into your Git repository as a pull request. You can see, review and approve any and all coding changes. Nothing is closed. Because at the end of the day, your team is responsible for your product – which means you are responsible for the code. And Kleeen Software knows that too.
In addition, every API needed by the generated front-end has a corresponding hook providing state and context from the UI and providing you the specification for the incoming data from whatever backend technology you wish to hook up. In the end, Kleeen is just a developer on your team — an extremely highly productive one.
Furthermore, Kleeen allows you to drop in custom modals, widgets, pages, authentication systems, even styling. As a result, if you like your BI tool, drop in embedded-BI. If you need to create something custom that is domain specific, product specific, or a dashboard with “sizzle,” Kleeen doesn’t stop you at all. Want to restyle your product to conform with your brand, go ahead and drop in your custom CSS. Kleeen doesn’t box you in – it takes the most common workflows and front-end infrastructure off your plate with a true no-code solution, freeing up time, people and money to focus on what makes your product great. And next time you have a new feature, want to make an update, or respond to a customer – it turns into a resourcing decision not an “if” decision.
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