Any business wants that monolith vs. microservices fight ended as quickly as possible in favor of the last one. But the legacy unified system transformation into hundreds of separate services is a complicated task for IT representatives and business owners. Usually the transition lasts several years and takes up a huge amount of resources. And no one guarantees that the new system will work flawlessly in all 100% of cases. But if you do everything in the right way, a miracle will happen. Let's consider how the fast code platform helps eliminate errors within the transition process 4 times faster.
Microservice Product Development: Business and Technical Expectations
For the mature company, the business side should always be serviced by the technical, not the other way around. When management decides to migrate to microservices/create a new microservice product, it waits for:
short time-to-market period,
optimization of the employees' work (fewer people = higher productivity),
long-term usage of quality products,
simplification of approval procedures,
absolute meeting business needs.
IT teams also have similar desires - they are focused on speed. Specialists want to quickly solve technical problems, speed up the approval procedures, and optimize their activities. Moreover, it is developers strive to:
accelerate the development cycle with ready-made, user-friendly tools,
simplify of product testing,
find inconsistencies and fix them effortlessly.
As seen, for an efficient transition to microservices, a company needs an environment where components can be developed quickly to fulfill business challenges. Some enterprises create their own corporate platforms. Let's consider a real example to understand why it's efficient.
Almost every large company needs to boost document flow. So, a large business player named A, working in 10+ countries also required it. The company had several domains and providers of document flow. The challenge was to ensure that each domain quickly received documents from each provider in the required format. Such product creation usually takes about 6 weeks of a developer's and an analyst's work. Company A has a system of ready-made tools previously developed by internal IT teams. Using them, one analyst has created a robust product in 56 hours. The issue has been resolved 4 times faster.
You can tell that this "revolutionary" solution is suspiciously similar to Low Code platforms.
You're right to some extent, but there are significant differences between the two environments. In the first case, the platform was developed by the company, providing it with complete independence. Low Code solutions also seem to be good.
So, how do you like a complete dependence on the platform, a complexity of integration with existing software, limited scalability, and permanent investments to support the product?
Earlier, we wrote about why the Low Code environment is a trap for fast-growing businesses. For small or medium-sized enterprises' solutions, this way is probably more optimal than development from scratch. But when it comes to full migration, it's an entirely bad idea.
The fast-code platform is a safe alternative to already known products. Thanks to open source, it deprives the client of the vendor's dependence. Moreover, it allows engineers to use ready-made Java-based tools and templates. The solution to all linear technical issues helps employees concentrate on business logic, optimize their activity, and speed up the development stage.
The opportunity to create products quickly affects the approval procedures. One of the platform's advantages is the ability to design a minimum value product (MVP) quickly. The prototype development takes from 2 to 6 weeks. Prominent examples are a chatbot that monitors supply chains for a major player in the telecom market, a solution for collective disposal of industrial waste, a platform for cryptocurrencies selling, etc. Based on the MVP analysis, the business side can decide on changes in the product or the need for further development.
Core aspects for building robust microservice systems are fast-made shortcomings/improvements as well as long-term product usage. Popular Java technologies and a convenient platform environment help engineers easily navigate the code of any size, find the desired fragment, and change it without affecting other components. This approach and support for modern technologies allow creating a microservice product that can serve for over 10 years. That is how long the Point of Sale system for 54 convenience stores, designed by XME.specialists, will operate.
⚠️ Warning ⚠️
XME. fast-code platform is not a magic tool to keep the engineer from coding. Not at all. Coding allows companies to create meaningful and efficient digital products. The environment, in turn, helps to accelerate time-to-market through:
ready-made, quickly adaptable templates, and a popular stack,
an easy-to-use interface for productive work,
the rapid prototype development for analysis.
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