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3 Simple Steps That Will Help You Start Working With Microservices Today

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3 Simple Steps That Will Help You Start Working With Microservices Today

These three steps will help you overcome the usual challenges of working with a new tool or technology in microservices architecture.

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We professional developers and architects always want to do and explore new technologies, bring something new to our projects and clients, and to improve our technical knowledge and careers.

But this is not always the case...

Usually, the common challenges we face in any project are:

  • Not having the appropriate time to start understand a new concept or tool (here I mean study time window plus ramp-up) in order to use the technology.
  •  Struggling with incorporating a technology or tool into our projects so we can add more value to our final customers.
  • Understanding the main purpose of a new technology or tool and translating it to the client's business necessity.
  • Convincing third parties (stakeholders, managers, etc) that the adoption of that particular technology or tool will give long-term positive returns.
  • Depending on the technology or tool involved, justifying the monetary investment needed to bring that technology to the company's catalog or roadmap (again, convincing stakeholders and managers/investors).
  • Selecting the appropriate tools to support that technology in the long run that will easily adapt themselves to the current project or architecture without much technical effort.
  • Preparing a delivery pipeline for the new technology or tool using CD/CI approaches.

On top of that, with the microservices architecture style, we can come up with 3 simple steps that will help you overcome some or all of the challenges mentioned so far.

The first one is to Know your business.

Know Your Business

To get the most benefit from microservices, you should be comfortable with your business domain and projects running in production. You should be able to talk about the business concepts to your peers in any scenario that you might have in your company.

This will help you a lot in understanding and splitting the monolith in business components and creating business or functional boundaries that will be delivered as decoupled, isolated microservices.

In addition to that, you should have a broader view of all systems that are running so you can pick the ones that are not so critical and the ones which give business value to the final users. These types of projects are excellent project candidates to use microservices.

Have Continuous Delivery/Integration in Place

After identifying which projects you could bring to the technology evolution's table, you should guarantee that all changes you did (refactoring, creation of new components, new configurations, code base, etc) are totally true and do not have a negative impact on the core solution you have today.

CI and CD help you on that direction once you guarantee that you are

  • Testing your components appropriately (including backtesting).
  • Automating packaging tasks.
  • Achieving fast delivery.

Explore It by Creating PoCs (Proof-of-Concepts)

You have to explore all of that before putting in production, mitigating the technology and tools selected to assure that you made the right choice in several conditions, such as concurrency, scalability, performance, security, etc.

Start by selecting a real business scenario that will add value to the customer so they can really see the value of what you accomplished and give you the appropriate credit for this effort.

Plus, compare the results of the selected tools or frameworks and create result sheets or charts to give your work more credibility. You can use infographics in order to do that.

With this simple initial steps we can assure you that your Microservices will no longer be a future point in the roadmap...

Extra: Small Teams

Execute your project in a small and dedicated team in order to increase the dynamics and expertise of this team in a specific microservice/business topic.

Make microservices happen in your company. Start today!

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