Composable enterprise

Composable enterprise definition

Composable enterprise refers to a marketing or ecommerce stack that is comprised of packaged business capabilities (PBCs) or microservices, all interacting with one another via API (Application Programming Interface).

In a composable architecture approach, components of an app are broken down into smaller parts in a modular way. Even though PBCs constantly interact with one another, they maintain their independent functionality, meaning the downtime of a component doesn’t stop the whole system from operating.

To address a user request, a composable enterprise can engage many internal microservices to create its response.  

Composable enterprise solves many bottlenecks associated with monolithic architecture, the traditional model for the design of a software program or application in which all aspects of the software/app operate as a single unit.

monolith v microservices

Composable enterprise benefits

An architecture approach based on composable enterprise allows a business to select and put together the best components that suit its requirements and serve its specific needs. These components are referred to as best-of-breed microservices.

Composable enterprise decentralizes all app components and data, offering a variety of benefits over monolithic ecommerce software, including increased flexibility, scalability and customizability.

Composable commerce tools can help brands build a future-proof and flexible ecommerce stack, fully adapted to their specific business needs. The integration of a business’ tech stack with a composable commerce platform ensures smooth and fast data flow between the backend services and the frontend(s).

As a business grows and acquires new customers, it needs to run at scale to meet its new scalability and complexity requirements. The granular functionality of microservices enables businesses to scale up without having to allocate a large sum of their resources. 

From a developer’s perspective, one of the most alluring benefits of a microservice architecture is its capacity for autonomous deployment and monitoring through what is called CI/CD (continuous integration, continuous delivery and continuous deployment). 

Composable enterprise requirements

In order to unleash the full power of composable enterprise, a business needs to prepare itself from both behavioral and technical perspectives.

In terms of behavioral requirements, a business needs to develop a startup mindset, which is characterized by agility, flexibility and real-time responsiveness. 

Composable enterprise helps an organization overcome inertia by turning adaptation to change into a core competence of the business. 

From the technical perspective, you need to ensure that your tech stack is able to integrate seamlessly with CRMs and other third party APIs.
Your software engineers and developers need to have sufficient skills to deploy and work with distributed systems. They must be able to resolve issues with load balancing, health check, data management and latency.

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