Microservices are small, independent programs that perform a well-defined task, and have long been part of the IT landscape. A common interface allows each element to communicate with other services, and because they are not tied to one specific programing language, they allow very wide compatibility between different programs. Microservices are continuing to assert themselves in many different economic sectors. As a result, they are not only changing structures within the IT department, but also have the potential to trigger a comprehensive cultural change within the company.

Microservices are no longer just an IT-related topic

While microservices were previously only relevant to a company’s computer specialists, they are increasingly coming to the attention of managers and corporate leaders. Microservices offer many strategic benefits, which can affect the way an entire business operates. For example, unlike more comprehensive programs, it is only necessary to acquire components that are really needed. Microservice architecture also makes it possible to adapt the IT infrastructure to accommodate new requirements quickly and easily. It thus becomes feasible to specify the lifecycle of individual software components. This approach can also have a positive effect on other areas of corporate culture.

An individual strategy for the deployment of microservices is important

Although microservices offer a lot of potential and can have a positive impact on the entire corporate culture, they are not a standard recipe that will always work in any context. Thus, it is important to customise the use of this technology in each case. This demands a thorough analysis of corporate structures. In some instances, it may be sensible to migrate the entire IT architecture to microservices. This is particularly useful when extreme flexibility is required across all areas. In other cases, the recommendation may be to continue to use standard software, but to adapt it by introducing individual microservices. After all, there are some corporate structures in which this approach may not secure any advantage. Therefore, it is very important to research this topic in detail, and commission a professional analysis before deciding to go ahead with implementation.

This article was originally published on LinkedIn.

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