HCL, a Perficient partner, hosts a podcast entitled Commerce & Cocktails. The podcast is a friendly chat between technology professionals discussing eCommerce technology hosted by Gary Schoch, Brian Gillespie, and John Tinch. Perficient’s Mike Rabbior, Chief Commerce Strategist, and Lori Sackowitz, Commerce Sales Executive, recently shared their expertise on the podcast in the episode Demystifying Microservices!
Impact of Microservices on Success
Along with a variety of other topics, the point of discussion during the podcast was microservices and ultimately attempting to demystify them. Microservices, also known as microservice architecture, make data more consumable by developing a single application as a set of small services. Microservice architecture provides greater agility and assists in single functions while also saving money.
To ensure microservices are effective, there must be a commitment between both the business and IT.
“These have to be conscious decisions and commitments from both the business and IT to move forward in that direction and microservices can help you get there as part of that transformation,” Mike Rabbior explained on the podcast.
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It is crucial for organizations to keep their audience in mind when creating and using microservices.
There are two different versions of microservices: Headless commerce and backend commerce.
Lori Sackowitz spoke about this in relation to how it works for her clients, “I get where headless is and separating the one piece of technology that is going to change the most because it is the frontend. I need it to be responsive and behave differently for different kinds of users.”
Meanwhile, backend commerce does not need to be broken down into small services. “For all the other stuff like the backend, how often does that change? The backend business practices are very known,” continued Sackowitz. Ultimately, the two versions are prioritized differently depending on the business need.
The Value of Microservices
During the podcast, Mike posed the question to the group that if things aren’t digital, then what are they? The strength of an organization’s digital presence is guaranteed to affect its relevancy and profits. As microservices continue to thrive, having the right platform in place will only become more important to business success. “You need guidance to do it right or you don’t have any value in it. These are paradigm shifts, they’re not little incremental updates,” said Rabbior.
Understanding what the client is trying to compose with their commerce implementation is the key to providing great value. To learn even more about microservices and commerce in general, watch HCL’s Commerce & Cocktails: Dymystfying Microservices! podcast.