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Five Common Use Cases for Middleware in Modern Development

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This is the fourth installment in our middleware modernization series. You can read the first installment here, the second installment here, and the third installment here.

In previous posts, we’ve explored what middleware is, what it does, and how you can use it in your modernization efforts. You’ve learned the basics and now you’re ready to find the type of middleware that best fits your business needs.

There are many use cases for middleware development, but let’s take a look at the most common ones: developing new applications, optimizing existing applications, comprehensive integration, APIs, and data streaming.

Middleware Use Cases

Developing New Applications

Building new applications on legacy platforms can be time-consuming and difficult. Middleware enables Agile development across platforms and can deliver commonly used functions such as web servers, single sign-on (SSO), messaging, and in-memory caching.

Optimizing Existing Applications

Legacy applications are often built to run only on-premises. Middleware can transform legacy monolithic applications into cloud-native applications and improve performance and portability.

Comprehensive Integration

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As organizations grow, new platforms, systems, and applications are added to the enterprise, and integration can be difficult. Middleware integration tools connect critical internal and external systems. Integration capabilities make it easier for developers to extend capabilities across different applications.


Many middleware services are accessed via APIs, which makes it possible to connect different products and services through a common layer.

APIs are a quick and easy way to access an application’s features across multiple software interfaces. With APIs, developers can use the business logic of the main application without having to develop from scratch, reducing development time and effort and improving the user experience across multiple software platforms.

Data Streaming

Asynchronous data streaming replicates a data set in an intermediate store, where it can be shared among multiple applications. Middleware can help developers, architects, IT, and business leaders automate manual decisions and improve resource management and overall efficiency.

Download our guide to learn more about middleware and start your modernization journey today.

Why Perficient

Our middleware and application modernization expertise earned us the 2020 Red Hat Application Platform Success Partner of the Year Award. As a Red Hat Premier and Apex Partner, we help drive strategic initiatives around cloud-native development, DevOps, and enterprise integration to ensure successful application modernization and cloud implementations and migrations.

We offer targeted platform as a service (PaaS) solutions for the enterprise using Red Hat OpenShift, which are founded on our best practices, methodology, and reusable frameworks to accelerate, migrate, and automate processes.

Red Hat OpenShift pushes the boundaries of what containers and Kubernetes can do for developers, driving innovation for stateful applications, serverless or event-driven applications, and machine learning. The platform integrates tightly with Jenkins and other standard continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) tools for security-focused application builds. Red Hat OpenShift helps you build with speed, agility, confidence, and choice so that developers can get back to doing work that matters.

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Caitlin Koenig

Caitlin is the Marketing Manager for Perficient's Emerging Solutions portfolio and Salesforce. She lives in St. Louis and is a proud St. Louis Blues fan.

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