Pick an eCommerce conference or meetup and we’ll point you to speeches referencing microservices. Why are microservices so popular nowadays? Roughly speaking, because of the great support they provide in systems scaling and in deployment of a large number of changes daily. But not only…

The microservices development approach is a modern way of structuring big systems architecture as a set of loosely coupled, collaborating services. With microservice architecture, each system feature is implemented by a single microservice. The whole system consists of a set of microservices related to each other. For example, a system might consist of microservices such as an order management service, an inventory management service, etc.

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It offers many business benefits for all companies, including eCommerce. Let’s recap the most important of them:

The key advantages of the microservice approach:

#1 Business constancy

With the microservices approach, all business features are granularly split into separate micro-applications, also when migrating from monolith architecture to microservices. Then each of them can be developed, tested and deployed separately – and without shutting down or risking losing the stability of the whole system.

#2 Faster time to market

Leveraging a decentralized development process, you can test out ideas in a short time and introduce innovative solutions to your customers before your competitors. Progressive web apps can be one of them (check how we run a proof of concept for the Magento platform).

What’s more, by promoting teams whose features are published for production you can raise their accountability, effectiveness and engagement.

#3 Domain expertise

Microservices allow you to have separate services for things like promotions, checkout, or product catalog. Each of them can be continuously improved by a dedicated development team with business analysts and developers on board. Such an approach builds engagement of team and speeds up development and innovations.

#4 Simpler knowledge transfer

Leveraging the Single Responsibility Principle means that a single microservice performs exactly one business function. Therefore, developers can create more efficient, clear and testable code. The overall microservices architecture is much easier to understand thus even new developers can maintain or modify it, in a shorter time and with fewer mistakes.

#5 Easier outsourcing

With the microservices approach, all services are separable and usually, relations between them have to be well documented. It’s rather easy to use ready-made products, like mobile-first solutions, or outsource particular services to other companies.

That’s just the beginning because introducing microservices architecture into the company can also positively influence management within an organization, push teams towards the agile way of working and it will definitely help your company to adapt quickly to arising market needs.

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Aleksandra Kwiecień

Marketing and content manager. Passionate about new technologies that make our everyday life easier, and people who create them. Leader of the eCommerce Trends 2020 report, editor of Divante blog (2018-2020), and reports for eCommerce experts, incl. The New Architecture and PWA Book | LinkedIn

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