What is a Microservices Architecture system?
Understanding the basics of microservices architecture is of absolute importance in today’s fast changing technological world. A better understanding of the core ensures an effective implementation of this path breaking methodology. But why are organisations shifting to microservices? To know the answer to that we need to understand the scenario that led to the advent of this system.
There came a time when several huge (mostly application/software-based) companies began facing issues with carrying out changes within their operational structures. Due to their absolute, complex, and giant structures, they were unable to affect even minor changes effectively.
In most cases, they’d face roadblocks with other fragments of the system when changes were initiatedfrom one end. This traditional (monolithic) systemposed massivehindrances when it came to being able to diversify or transform smoothly.
The solution? Well, a system that wasn’t a single structure, but rather a strategically broken downinto fully flexible and deployable micro parts that could purposefully merge into a bigger system at any given time.
The perfect group of micros for the perfect macro. This was the thinking; and its successful implementation and adaptation – became the solution.
To communicate and blend into other systems seamlessly, a Microservices Architecture system makes the use of Application Programming Interfaces (API’s).
And, the selection and integration of the perfect group of such divided services is known as Microservices Architecture.
Today, companies like Netflix, PayPal, Amazon, Twitter have moved towards a Microservices Architecture for their systems.
Benefits of a Microservices Architecture system
Decentralized Structure – Unlike the older approach of opting for a single megastructure of code/software, Microservices provides a fully decentralized group, capable of functioning independently. Each separate microservice or independent system can function by itself and even automatically merge with other systems.
Perfect for Diversity & Growth – The particular independent Microservice system allows for an easier and better overall understanding of the functionality by the people working on it, along with providing several options to tweak or change certain styles or patterns, or even the whole component if required without disturbing the overall structure.
Overall Flexibility – Apart from the fact that thecode can be written in a variety of languages, a Microservices Architecture allows for the independent functionality of several small teams of people. Microservice systems easily integrate with other systems through APIs to form a larger and more efficient whole system.
Increased Productivity & Speed – Bigger systems are reorganized into smaller divisions in such a way that it is much easier and faster to develop and put to use. The additional benefit of getting all of the work done simultaneously by highly efficient teams adds to the overall value of the Microservices Architecture system.
How/Why does a Company’s Culture affect its implementation?
When it comes to implementing a Microservices Architecture within an organization, there comes with it a great responsibility of restructuring, not one, but several (other) associated processes. Though, these changes aren’t only limited to software, hardware, or technology, but also extend to the people and teams operating within the architecture
More than usually, the Microservices Architecture system brings with it a range of upgrades in terms of technology, methodology, processes, software, hardware, etc. This means that the workforce wouldbe required to speedily upgrade their skills to be able to fulfil their renewed roles accordingly.
Important decisions like selecting the most appropriate language for code that would best suit the particular Microservice; research, analyzation, selection and deployment of new teams throughout the organization; roles of the individuals within the teams and the ones they report to; new technologies to be adopted; and developing new abilities & skills training programs require a significant cost in terms of time and energy (and finances).
This can take a toll on the people in the organization especially when it comes to the pressures of not only keeping the newly adopted system smoothly functional, but also that it is reaping maximum benefits.
Thus, it is always highly recommended to conduct changes like these in a manner that would best-suit each individual company. Because at the end of the day, no two organizations are alike. Each have their own vision, their own goals, and their own methods of achieving those goals.
And if a certain organization faces any kind of difficulties before, during, or after the implementation of a Microservices Architecture system, it is advised to initiate the intervention of industry professionals – who are well-equipped for carrying-out such changes on any scale.
Keeping in mind the challenges that the organization, its structure, and its people would face when adopting or switching to a Microservice Architecture system, there should be in-place a sound plan of overall thought-to-action.
Re-organizing, especially when it comes to the reasons for increased productivity and growth, should always be approached holistically. Because when the people can comfortably adapt and learn the newer and better ways of evolution, the morale of the entire organization almost-automatically nourishes an atmosphere of ideas, innovations, and inventions; not to mention – growth & prosperity of everyone involved.