There’s hardly a tech entrepreneur who has never heard of microservices, an emerging style of application development. However, with all the tech disruption, most concepts don’t go beyond a buzzword. So microservices architecture can ring as yet another overhyped idea to most of us. Okay, Netflix, Amazon, eBay have migrated to microservices. So what? What can beat the good old monolith? Life can. New business reality asks for more flexible, resilient, fault-tolerant, device-agnostic solutions, where complexity is an intrinsic hallmark of a system excellence. And the first step to excellence is awareness. In this post we’ll make a brief introduction to microservices architecture (MSA): its essence, good and bad, whether you need it, and how to implement it.
Media and entertainment industry has always been on the forefront of tech innovation. An unspoken law reads, either change or die. That’s what the incumbents like Disney, Fox, Comcast, and Time Warner are still figuring out. That’s what streaming video providers like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu have got covered.
Agile software development, if properly managed, is all about becoming more productive, reducing unnecessary work (waste) and switching the focus from deadly deadlines towards generating customer value. ‘Perfect’, you say, ‘but how do you control finite resources, such as time and costs?’ After all, as Bill Hewlett said, ‘You cannot manage what you cannot measure… and what gets measured gets done’. Here’s how we do it.