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Microservices Architecture

Elastic Path’s microservices-based architecture delivers for brands that want to create and update omnichannel commerce experiences at the speed customers demand.

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What Are Microservices?

Microservices are an architectural and organizational approach to software development. When leveraging this approach, teams create software by combining multiple individual microservices. Microservices themselves are de-coupled services that are developed and deployed independently. They communicate via APIs and each have their own data source. Generally, microservices are organized around business capabilities.

Is microservices architecture right for your business?

Microservices are a good fit if:

  • Your customer needs and business priorities change quickly. You need to be able to make changes in days, not months.
  • You want to build a “best-for-me" commerce solution that you can easily integrate with your existing applications.
  • You may have unique or complex products, sales processes, or checkouts that require customization.
  • You have an in-house technical team or plan to use an SI for your implementation. This is important since microservices are technical. At Elastic Path, not all of our customers have a high digital maturity – but they all leverage microservices. Brands who have a medium or low digital maturity can work with a partner to complete their implementation, eliminating the need for an in-house technical team.

Microservices may not be a good fit if:

  • Your digital commerce experience(s) stay relatively static and you do not desire to update them regularly. You are able to keep up with customers’ demands using a non-microservices architecture.
  • You need a commerce solution provided by a single vendor.
  • Your products are relatively simple and you do not need to customize checkouts or sales processes.
  • You do not have an in-house technical team and do not plan to bring on an SI to support your implementation. You may have a technical team that is low on experience and resources and does not have the bandwidth to work with a microservices-based solution.

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