Microservices are becoming more and more important in IT. This is a new kind of software architecture that brings many advantages. It is mainly very flexible, so that it can be easily adapted to new requirements. In e-commerce, too, there are already the first solutions that use microservices. However, most retailers still use classic systems such as Shopware or Magento. This is because the changeover is quite difficult. However, it is also possible to integrate microservices into the standard software. In this way, you benefit from the advantages of both systems.

 

Microservices - an alternative to classic shop software

The classic shop software is monolithic programs. That means they're self-contained. The individual functions are always dependent on the program core and cannot exist independently of each other. Microservices have a completely different structure. Many independent program blocks are used for this purpose. They can communicate with each other and exchange data via interfaces. Each individual module offers a very specific function. It is only through interaction with other microservices that a complete system is created that fulfils all the desired tasks.

 

Microservices offer these advantages

The advantages offered by Microservices are manifold. For example, they guarantee a high level of technological independence. Since each program works on its own, nothing depends on the developments of the major software vendors. It is also very practical that each individual component can be further developed individually. If a further function is to be added or if a change is necessary, the effort for this is quite small. This makes the system extremely flexible. In addition, the individual programs can be reused. When creating new systems, it is usually possible to continue using the existing microservices without any problems.

 

Standard software and microservices - can also be used together

For many online merchants, the question now is whether they should use the advantages of microservices or whether they should continue to use the proven standard software. The decision is often in favour of conventional shop systems. One reason for this is that the changeover is very difficult and involves considerable costs. However, there is also another alternative. This is because it is possible to continue to use the standard software and only add microservices in some areas. The classic shop systems have a suitable interface that allows the integration of these programs. This makes it possible to benefit from the advantages of microservices without having to completely convert the system.

 

Application examples: How to combine Microservices with shop software

In many cases it makes sense to use Microservices in combination with a standard shop solution. For example, if you want to use a configurator with which customers can customize their products, this is recommended. Of course, it is also possible to use a plug-in for this purpose. However, if microservices are used for this purpose, you can continuously develop the functions further. In addition, this technology also allows the software to be used for other systems. Even if you want to change the standard software, you do not need a new configurator. If you want to connect an ERP system to the shop, Microservices also offer advantages. These take over the data exchange between the systems so that you do not have to adjust them or only adjust them minimally. In addition, there are many other possibilities for combining microservices with classic shop software.

 

Conclusion: Advantages through the joint use of microservices and standard software

Monolithic programs and microservices use completely different structural approaches. However, this does not mean that these methods are mutually exclusive. Rather, the high flexibility of Microservices allows them to be combined with conventional shop software. In this way, you can outsource certain services. As a result, you benefit from the numerous advantages of Microservices. However, you can still use your familiar standard software so that no high adjustment costs arise.