Benefits of Microservices Architecture in Retail

Microservices Architecture

Every retail business has two variants of architecture to choose from: the traditional monolithic architecture and microservices architecture. Let us first cover the basics of what each of these is.

Monolithic architecture is considered a traditional way to create applications. According to this approach, every part of the app is connected to one another. Therefore, each part of the project has to work smoothly to have the end product working.

On the other hand, the concept of microservices is that the developer creates parts of the application instead of one whole. The end application is therefore created from a combination of small services. Each of these is developed, created, and deployed separately. Therefore, they run their own processes and are great for retail services with large and complex projects.

Let’s look at how microservices architecture benefits the retail sector and what makes it an easier choice.

6 benefits of microservices architecture in retail

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1. Improved scalability

With microservice architecture, each service works as an independent component. This gives you the opportunity to scale up a function on-demand without having the need to scale up the entire application. Your product therefore becomes all the more agile and can handle the changing usage patterns. At the same time, it offers a reduced total cost of ownership. It also helps optimize in-store server usage and performance by deploying services that are critical to the success of a business.

2. Constant deployment and delivery

Retailers mostly have a continuous delivery model wherein development and testing has emerged into a process. Microservice is the best solution for such a business model. Such an approach enables retailers to create new environments in which code can be developed continuously and deployed to the production-like environment. This, in turn, results in:

  • 21% increase in new software and services delivered
  • 22% improved quality of deployed applications
  • 19% increase in revenue
  • 50% reduction in failures

3. Increased Resiliency

Microservices architecture enables better fault isolation. This means that even if one component fails to perform, it will not impact the entire production in a domino effect. Additionally, retailers also use a container tool through which they can add an additional layer of resiliency. Therefore, overall a product’s capacity and redundancy can be restored in minutes.

4. Better productivity

The microservices code is organized around business capabilities. New engineers don’t need to invest a lot of time to understand the entire application. They simply would be required to learn how a microservice functions and what outcomes it should deliver. This immensely increases the autonomy of individual teams, as a delegation of ideas will no longer require coordination or approval from other teams.

5. Stronger security

Since various components of the app are isolated, even if a security problem arises in one component, it will not affect the other areas of the application. Microservices security practices also account for increased usage of API and ports per app. Even if intruders try, they cannot leverage the sensitive data.

6. Absence of vendors

Through technology stack, microservices can be developed in different programming languages. This means that retailers will have more room for experimentation and testing. Additionally, they can also opt to upgrade critical app components with new stacks, tools, and other technological advancements.

Wrapping it up!

Evidently, microservices allow retailers to gain agility and new capabilities to meet ever-growing customer demands. Microservices architecture provides unique opportunities to increase productivity. If you have large and complex applications and wish to scale the solution, then microservice is a perfect choice.

There is no denying that this approach is highly profitable for fast-growing solutions and an agile team of developers. Consider starting with components that have an urgent need to scale, and that would benefit from frequent updates or the ones that you want to extend independently to new touchpoints – mobile apps, shoppable content, or even in-store digital experiences.

Are you moving from a monolithic architecture to microservices? Let us know in the comments below. 

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