By harnessing the power of composable technologies, we not only ensure an impartial approach but also provide our customers with the essential tools and technology they need to outpace their competitors.
WHAT IS COMPOSABLE ARCHITECTURE?
Composable architecture is software architecture comprised of stand-alone services with independent APIs. Together, this constitutes a complete software solution.
Unlike monolithic architecture, composable architecture displays each business logic as a stand-alone application. Each component is responsible for its own business area and can handle multiple business areas and applications that use different technologies.
Since 2010, we have used the Microsoft Azure cloud platform to build composable architecture for a number of B2B and B2C customers.
The architecture has made it easier for our customers to scale their business as needed, while cloud-based management ensures that customers only pay for the services they need.
INCREASED TURNOVER WITH A COMPOSABLE, CLOUD-BASED PLATFORM
Several large companies have converted their IT architecture to composable commerce.
In July 2019, we launched Carl Ras’ new site, built with composable architecture and a headless commerce approach that ensures an agile solution with faster time-to-market.
The results speak for themselves.
Carl Ras experienced an online revenue growth of 35%, along with a 10% increase in the average order value and 20% increase in conversion rates.
6 BENEFITS OF COMPOSABLE COMMERCE
The market’s leading IT architectures are built up from composable commerce services. Here are six good reasons why:
1. COST MINIMIsATION
Hosting costs, which include expenses for hardware leasing, data centers, and licenses, are greatly reduced or even eliminated. Furthermore, by utilising composable commerce, a flexible organisation is established, allowing a shift from more fixed capital expenses to ongoing operational costs.
2. SCALability with ease
By embracing a cloud-based composable commerce architecture, you can swiftly and efficiently scale the solution to match your specific requirements. Each individual service can be scaled independently and utiliSed only when relevant.
3. ENHANCED EFFICIENCY
Composable commerce services can be repurposed across various channels and solutions, reducing the resources needed for rectifying errors, modifications, and expansions in the solutions offered.
In addition, the organisation gains agility through the swift introduction of new features. This streamlines organisational growth and ensures quicker time-to-market.
4. Ensured SECURE PERFORMANCE
If monolithic architecture develops a bug, it risks affecting the entire site. Conversely, in a composable commerce setup, bugs are contained within the specific service where the issue arises.
5. FUTURE-PROOFed ARCHITECTURE
With composable architecture, errors are quickly detected and easily corrected, as individual services can be corrected and deployed as a smaller unit, as opposed to monolithic architecture, where everything must be deployed every time.
This reduces development risks and simplifies risk management.
6. AGILE BUSINESS operations
In a world where consumer expectations and desires are constantly changing, composable commerce help you create an agile business that can quickly and safely change direction if necessary.
HOW DOES COMPOSABLE ARCHITECTURE WORK?
To understand where and how composable commerce work, it is necessary to understand the overall architecture that each service is part of.
When IMPACT builds modern IT architecture, we rely on Gartner’s PACE-layered Application Strategy, a way to categorise, select, control and monitor applications.
The method supports business transformation, differentiation, and innovation.
Composable software architecture works well with other modern technologies such as headless cms and commerce and cloud-based solutions.
PACE-LAYERED APPLICATION ARCHITECTURE
PACE-layered application architecture consists of three connected layers that can service each other, increasing agility.
The bottom layer contains fundamental business systems such as ERP and financial systems. The systems in this layer have a long lifespan – typically 10+ years.
The middle layer contains the business logic. It is built with composable commerce and is where you find the systems that differentiate you from your competitors.
In the top layer, called the experience layer, you will find your channels. It is these systems that provide the experience the user sees. It allows you to quickly respond to the changing needs of the market.
MONOLITH vs COMPOSABLE
For smaller companies with simple software architecture, monoliths can mean certain advantages, as they are faster and cheaper to get started.
For the vast majority of medium-sized and large companies, however, this will result in increased operating costs.
For a long time, the monolith has gone hand-in-hand with the waterfall model, where development takes place in longer locked phases, concluding in long-term implementation.
The development of composable architecture takes place more agilely, working with scrums and in shorter sprints. This makes the development process more flexible and creates a better end result.
An alternative to composable software architecture is found in the off-the-shelf solutions offered by Salesforce, for example. Instead of developing a tailor-made solution, globally scalable standard solutions are used.
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