IT Uses Microservices to Increase Performance

Imagine yourself back in school for a moment – the lockers, cafeteria, gym class and more. Remember when you were assigned a topic, did you immediately tackle researching, writing and editing the paper in one day? Or did you separate your tasks into smaller, more manageable pieces?

Maybe you did your research one day, wrote the first half of the paper on the next, concluded the paper the day after that and finally edited it after all the rest of the work was completed? Doesn’t this sound far less overwhelming than trying to cram all the work into one day? This is the same outlook most IT professionals have when designing and operating what is known as microservices at their company.

It’s not just writing papers. Cleaning your house, loading the dishwasher, cooking — most everything is better when breaking down tasks into smaller manageable parts.

What are microservices?

Essentially, the process of creating microservices involves IT professionals dividing a full-scale app or platform into smaller, easier to digest units or solutions, according to Customer Think. While developed and maintained separately from the rest of the solution, the pieces communicate and work with each other to achieve a unified goal.

itUnlike a monolithic, traditional software architecture, where even the most inconsequential modifications may mean that the entire system must be rebuilt, IT professionals can adjust each individual, microservice component without having to burden or slow down the entire monolith.

How can they support my business?

Many major companies use microservices to take their big problems and divide them into more manageable challenges. For example, Netflix and Amazon separate their “user reviews” into another app from their “add to cart” software, Business Insider reported. Meanwhile, PayPal turned its “make a payment” button into a little app that is monitored and continuously improved on by a small internal team.

Microservices can support your business by offering flexibility, scalability and resiliency. As an IT professional, you will also be able to enhance, modify and test various components without having to impact other services. Overall, microservices allow you to choose technology that is right for your particular operations and functionality.

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Tami Matthews is a content marketing manager at ReadyTalk. What’s content marketing? It’s a fancy way to say she writes, edits, and plans content – copy, articles, videos, podcasts, and more -- for our website, social media, white papers, ebooks, etc. She has more than 20 years of experience writing and loves it so much, she does it in her spare time. When she’s not at work, she’s hanging out with her spunky daughter and loving husband, reading, writing, and hiking. She’s kinda into sci-fi and loves to talk Star Wars, Star Trek, Dr. Who, Firefly, Blake’s 7, Hitchhiker’s Guide, and general geekery with anyone who will listen or engage.

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