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App Design Patterns

Unlike the monolithic architecture of traditional MES platforms, app-based architectures are composable and allow for significantly greater flexibility in building solutions that fit the unique requirements of your production process.

Here are some common patterns of app-based architectures that can be rapidly developed and deployed to solve problems in your operations:

Graphic showing diagrams of 6 different design patterns for how apps can be composed together to form a solution. The design patterns are Linear, eBR/eDHR, Configurable, Sub-/Assembly Hierarchy, Terminal, and Monolithic

Compared to the monolithic approach, an app-based, composable solution enables:

  • Flexibility and Customization: Rather than trying to shoehorn your process to conform to your MES solution, a composable, app-based approach allows you to build apps tailored to the unique needs of your operations.

  • Reduced Risk and Cost: Composable solutions allow you to incrementally deploy new solutions and technologies without the need for a large upfront investment or a complete replacement of existing systems.

  • Future-Proofness: A composable architecture makes vendor lock-in a thing of the past by enabling interoperability with any tools, enterprise systems, etc. that support open protocols and standards like REST, SOAP, SQL, and more.

  • Continuous Improvement: An app-based approach allows for components of your solution to be easily added, updated, and replaced at will — unlike monolithic solutions characterized by periodic, large-scale updates.

How Composability Enables Rapid Time-to-Value

Check out our recent webinar for a deeper dive into how a composable approach to solution building can enable a rapid pace of development impossible to achieve with traditional, monolithic systems.

Process engineer building a Tulip app in the app editor.