Microservices architecture encourages change only where needed

It’s almost annoyingly recurrent how we list the perks of flexibility in the e-commerce industry. But that’s where we are today. Keeping up with our time's shoppers, demands, and anticipations of e-commerce - a changeable base is just what you need when building e-commerce ready for new integrations, functions, and new tool launches at any time. Microservices architecture keeps you away from limitations and encourages change only where needed.

What is Microservices Architecture?

Imagine having all of your applications independently and easily operated on their own, but combined they create software. That’s Microservices architecture. A flexible approach to building software where the application is developed as a collection of services, independently developed, deployed and managed. 

Microservices are essential for scaling a business and can be deployed to run various aspects of the company. It considers single functions and will improve software time to market and ease fault isolation by testing decoupled components efficiently. One could say that it’s the most change-friendly way to build an e-commerce today, only using best-of-breed tools without being interrupted or limited to what an all-in-one system provides. 

Let’s look deeper into some of the benefits.

The benefits of building an online store using Microservices Architecture

The flexibility of change where needed

We mentioned it briefly above, but the flexibility that comes with the microservices architecture is definitely an eye-opener for the e-trader used to a legacy system that comes with “everything you need”. The all-in-one solution is in our words a limited way of running your business, you might be satisfied until you find that one update you can’t do. With the microservices architecture, you’ll be able to get your software updated where needed, tailoring your e-commerce after your exact need with the flexibility to add as many third-party services as required.

Enables continuous delivery and deployment of complex applications

Since each service collected in the structure is relatively small, it’s easily handled in many ways. Being small in size makes it easy to understand and change while also being faster to test. It also enables better deployability since all services can be deployed independently. Microservices provides the openness any developer asks for to keep things simple, providing the ability to implement new technologies quickly. 

Eliminates commitment to technology-stacks

Microservices architecture won’t lock you in any framework. When developing a new service in your collection you have the ability to pick a new technology stack. This means that no big changes made to an existing service will stop you from rewriting it using a new technology stack.

Future proof and faster time-to-market

Our digital world makes everything regarding e-commerce move fast, keeping up with expected functions, demands, and needs. Using microservices you’re many steps ahead of your competitors at all times since your business is positioned to be faster to market, easily adjusted after upcoming tool launches or new frontend channels. Using microservices is a future-proof architecture, ready to be integrated with new demands when needed. 

Extend services while keeping a lower total cost

With Microservices your developers can easily extend the services of your e-commerce without worrying about your performance dipping. Since you only pay for the services and tools included in your technology stack, microservices also lower your total cost compared to a traditional system.

It’s clear that the e-commerce industry is moving in a straight line forward, reaching an up-for-change approach in almost every way. How we managed to handle online stores before this era is starting to fade. We definitely believe that this flexible approach is here to stay.


Carl Abrahamsson

Chief Commercial Officer