Developing software that would perfectly meet your business needs is a very complicated process with many pitfalls and a 65% risk of failure as the result of its launch. However, if you have made a decision in favor of developing your own business management software, you have to get a theoretical background about the software development cycle behind. Usually, everything goes well until the Design stage. The most common mistake the development team makes is the wrong architectural pattern choice. Traditionally, microservice architecture remains a hot topic in this case. But does it?
Just to refresh your mind, let me quote Martin Fowler’s microservice definition:
"In short, it is an approach to developing a single application as a suite of small services, each running in its own process and communicating with lightweight mechanisms, often an HTTP resource API."
According to our experience working with applications developed for diverse business aims with diverse architectural styles. And here we can outline 5 following benefits of microservices comparison to other popular software architecture styles.
Dividing each big task or process to some smaller sound a little bit sophisticated but it really works. And microservice architecture makes it possible in the context of coding an application or other software products. It allows each service to be independently developed and updated in the process of launching and further maintaining.
As we were talking before, each service can be scaled independently in terms of all the application improvement. That makes the whole process less cost-wasting and more time-efficient. Microservices give your application more opportunities to be expanded in the future to satisfy the very new customer business needs and to adapt existing and new planned features to the upcoming technologies and business sectors' requirements.
Unloading the Management
As microservice architecture looks like an ordered scope of small, simple, and easy-to-understand elements, it can be regulated and managed quicker and easier than other architecture styles. It allows you to focus more attention on coding and testing these elements.
Agiled Like a Pocketed Coil Mattress
To make a better understanding of these points, let's go into such an example. Pocketed coil mattress is built of many independent coils placed into their own pocket and located near each other. The only springs that are compressed, are located under the pressure of your body. Other elements are not affected. A familiar situation, huh?
Any changes make the impact only on the particular service, not on the whole application. This makes possible decreasing risks during new features and extensions implementation and decreasing faults in its exploitation.
Your development team is not limited in the technologies, methodologies, and programming languages choice. Indeed, they can even combine diverse languages for different services. That makes the recruitment process easier and wider. The greatest benefit is an application capable to be reorganized from the monolith architecture to the microservice to broaden the horizons of its opportunities.
To summarize, microservice architecture is a great choice for applications that have really made a revolution on the market and are going to scale their presence among the users. Actually, you can start from the monolith and transform it into microservices, however, is it worth it?