18 Jan 2023
One of the biggest changes that’s taken place in the world of business/ecommerce software is a move towards headless, microservices-based platforms — driven by consumers’ desire for personalized experiences and tailored content.
Monolithic systems are increasingly unable to provide the level of flexibility and service customers and businesses require.
Our new ebook takes a look at headless commerce & microservices, and why they’re becoming an increasingly popular choice for businesses in all industries.
Here’s a quick preview of some of the things you’ll learn in the ebook - Headless Commerce & Microservices Explained.
The core principle behind headless commerce is headless software. You’ve probably heard the term, but many people are still unsure what headless software actually is.
Ultimately, headless software is backend software (software responsible for non-user-facing functions) that operates without a frontend (the software users interact with).
This is the opposite of traditional monolithic systems, where the frontend and backend are coupled together.
When backend and frontend software functions are decoupled, the platform becomes much more flexible, scalable, and versatile.
There are many reasons why headless software and microservices have become the go-to choice for ecommerce:
Headless commerce allows businesses to create their own custom software stacks using many different microservices
Headless commerce provides much greater flexibility for new ecommerce channels
Headless commerce saves on developer time and reduces the risk of new changes disrupting the rest of the system
Ultimately, ‘best of breed’ microservices represent the next generation of ecommerce software platforms. Building upon the headless software model, best of breed microservices each fill their own niche within the wider ecommerce software stack.
They can be compared to monolithic software systems as follows:
A traditional monolithic ecommerce system may include functionality for payments, inventory management, and frontend ecommerce shop layout. These functions are all controlled by the same piece of software.
Under the headless commerce approach, each of these functions is handled by a specific piece of standalone software (i.e. a microservice).
Microservices are especially suited to large enterprise level businesses because they’re modular, scalable, and packed with features.
This means that businesses get much more for their money, and they don’t have to worry about upgrading or changing their system as their demands grow.
Ultimately, because microservices each serve their own specific niche, they tend to provide greater functionality than monolithic software systems can.
You can find out more about headless commerce and microservices, including tips on how to choose the right ones for your business, in our ebook.
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