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Microservices Architecture

It’s time to adopt a Microservices Architecture, given its long-term business value and Domain-Driven Design (DDD), along with the following benefits:

   

Reduced time to market
Increase agility, accelerate incremental-releases, and streamline concurrent development.

   

More cost-effective scaling
Stop wasting resources scaling everything by only scaling elements with the greatest load.

Improved overall quality
Shrink your testing surface and eliminate “side-effect” bugs.

Because a Microservices Architecture fundamentally changes how organizations think about databases and the data layer, many know they want to adopt it but struggle with making it happen. Going from centralization to distribution requires shifts in mindset as well as in organizational/team structure. Plus, DDD requires a deep knowledge of your domains. Perhaps your organization suffers from poorly defined (or unclear) business domains. Either way, getting service-boundaries wrong can be expensive. These are all common challenges to adopting a Microservices Architecture. We’ll help you overcome them. Our Kickstart helps your organization plan its migration to Microservices by pursuing an incremental approach to adoption. Additionally, we perform a dependency analysis, using logical modeling to identify domains and visually assess domain coupling. Further, we help your organization embrace Domain-Driven Design: the design standard of Microservices. Based on Bounded Contexts, DDD organizes and models software design around core business domains (vs. technology elements).

Adopt a Microservices approach to finally let your IT architecture work for you, not against you.

Our 3-week Microservices Architecture Kickstart helps your organization:
Break free from monolithic legacy systems and poor integrations.
Overcome the challenges of adopting Microservices Architecture.
Establish standards and teams for governing Microservices initiatives.
Bring to life your Microservices Architecture Migration Strategy.
Leverage the advantages of Domain-Driven Design.
Ensure IT readiness to adopt a Microservices Architecture.

Our Process

The Microservices Architecture Kickstart follows three key steps, typically over a three-week period:

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Direction Setting

We begin by setting business-impact objectives to measure and track the benefits of Microservices. These include Business and IT alignment with major initiatives and priorities, and establishing key qualitative/quantitative drivers. Next, we identify any existing gaps related to legacy systems and architecture. Lastly, we establish a baseline by performing a current-state analysis that includes your people (structure, skill sets, COE’s), process (architecture patterns, standards, governance) and technology (monolithic systems, tech stack, supporting infrastructure).

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Technical Considerations & Solution Envisioning

This step identifies your solution layers and components and API Management/API Gateway components. Additionally, we consider your security components, service-design principles and patterns, and development technologies and toolset options. We determine your environmental and integration needs and readiness along with assessing your IT control and manageability, and exploring options for ongoing monitoring and solution analytics. We also conduct facilitated ideation sessions to discuss any monolithic legacy systems and construct a scenario matrix for the decomposition of their business domains. High-level domain-modeling exercises help drive our prioritization analysis and facilitate the mapping of core domains to current systems. Lastly, we score and rank domains based on key criteria (e.g., business driver impact, ease of decomposition, organizational readiness) in preparation for building your Roadmap.

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Phased Implementation Roadmap & Action Plan

Our Phased Implementation Roadmap is based on the alignment of systems and domains with your drivers and objectives, dependencies, and cost/effort considerations. The immediate (phase I) action plan includes the scope of systems/domains and services, and the approaches for design and development, migration, and budgeting. Finally, we provide specific next-step recommendations to achieve our envisioned “to-be” Microservices Architecture, based on existing gaps, overall readiness, and critical dependencies.

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Drivers & Opportunities

Summarizes key business drivers, priorities and Microservices initiatives.

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Guiding Principles for Microservices Architecture

These guiding principles to govern your Microservices Architecture are based on findings from the direction-setting activities.

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Current & Future-State Architecture

• Summary of Current/Future State• Identified Gaps and Risks

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Phased Implementation Roadmap & Action Plan

• Foundational, Short-term, Mid-term and Long-term roadmap for building out your future-state architecture.• Quick Wins & Next-Step Recommendations

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Executive Readout

• Comprehensive executive summary of findings and recommendations• Readout presentation deck