E-Commerce Microservices vs Headless Architecture Explained
In fast moving, hyper-competitive sectors like retail and e-commerce, maximising agility to stay ahead of the curve is a no-brainer. But building agility into your backend systems can be easier said than done, especially if you’re operating a monolithic legacy platform. Here’s how an e-commerce microservices architecture can help.
There’s no two ways about it; if your organisation is still using the same monolithic e-commerce platform it implemented five to ten years ago, then you’re most likely hindering your ability to adapt fast and move with the market’s ever-changing requirements.
Whether it’s the rate at which your business rolls out standardised updates, more substantial website changes, or releases new products or services into the market, speed matters. Neglect the ability to be nimble for too long, and your business will get left behind.
In this article, we explain why a microservices architecture approach provides a compelling solution for retail and e-commerce agility, without needing to undergo a complete transformation.
Why choose an e-commerce microservices architecture?
Microservices is an increasingly popular approach to software development which allows organisations to loosely group individual services into an application that’s easy to update, move, scale and deploy.
Unlike a monolithic, off-the-shelf e-commerce platform, an e-commerce microservices architecture can provide your organisation with the extensibility to integrate new, purpose-built tools and APIs fast.
From a delivery and operations perspective, this equates to greater agility, more frequent deployments, and increased scalability—leading to a more seamless customer experience, faster time to market for new products and services, and a distinct competitive advantage.
More specifically, an e-commerce microservices architecture could allow you to:
- Roll out an existing product in a new territory fast to meet growing demand
- Deploy a critical website update to remove friction when checking out
- Launch a new online service in a matter of days/weeks instead of months
The beauty of adopting a microservices approach is that you can continue to use the strengths of your existing proprietary software as you evolve, gradually moving away from vendor lock-in to suit your business’ roadmap.
If you’re tired of waiting for your existing vendor solution to upgrade and add new features, and your business is seeking the flexibility to pivot fast as your customers’ needs evolve, then an e-commerce microservices architecture can help you get there.
View our retail and e-commerce fact sheet now to find out how we’re helping organisations like yours unleash microservices to unlock flexibility and agility.