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Transitioning to composable architecture: Your expert guide on where to start

Published november 1, 2023

When considering digital business evolution, composable architecture stands as the go-to approach for modern solutions. As you plan your transition from traditional monolithic architecture, the first and most important question is: Where should I begin? Drawing insights from our CTO, Adam Peter Nielsen, we'll be exploring a framework that provides a seamless transition without compromising on business integrity.

1. Know your business and your customers

Before starting your transition journey, ensure you have a clear understanding of your business, your systems, and most importantly, your customers. As we've seen with many pioneers in this field, to stay competitive, you must consistently provide top-tier customer experiences. Having a holistic overview of your current digital landscape is your compass throughout transition.

2. Break the chains of the monolith

Starting the shift from monolithic to composable architecture might seem daunting. Remember, countless others have done it before you, proving not only it's feasibility but it's necessity. Here’s the mantra: Plan meticulously, execute cost-effectively.

  • Build a baseline:
    • Start by mapping all existing systems.
    • Determine which components require updates and their expected lifespans.
  • Assess the bandscape:
    • Examine system interdependencies.
    • Identify legacies that might hinder the transition.
    • Stay informed about any planned modernizations or process changes.

Utilize trusted frameworks like Novicell's to prioritize the transition. By evaluating business value, risk, and potential optimization opportunities, you ensure a systematic and efficient transformation focused on actual business value before fancy tech.

3. Mind the skills gap and hidden pitfalls

While transitioning, businesses often overlook critical elements like:

  • Internal bandwidth and skills
  • Legacy system dependencies
  • The cost implications of delays
  • Platform lifecycle considerations

To avoid these pitfalls, define a clear baseline, evaluate current capabilities, and predict or even select your possible friction points.

4. We build a roadmap

With an understanding of your current state and a vision of the desired end state, chart out a phased implementation plan. This roadmap should prioritize valuable initiatives and ensure business continuity.

5. Platform selection

As you enter the world of composable architecture, choosing the right tech stack becomes vital. Base your decision on these principles:

  • Stability and Longevity: Emphasize more configuration and less coding. Let the platform do the heavy lifting.
  • Avoid Vendor Lock-ins: Ensure data integrity, flexibility, and complete ownership of your code.
  • Business Alignment: Choose platforms that align with your business goals and projected evolution.
  • Best-of-Breed Approach: Go for the best. Standardize systems for distinct business purposes and ensure extensibility.
  • Modern Architecture Focus: Aim for real-time data flow, scalability, and 100% API-driven designs.

In closing...

Transitioning to a composable architecture is an intricate dance between technological evolution and business necessities. While you might be tempted to jump on the latest tech trend, be prudent. It is essential to differentiate between betting on the promising stars of tomorrow and opting for the proven stalwarts of today.

For more insights on navigating the digital transformation landscape, don't hesitate to get in touch with our expert team. We're here to guide, support, and ensure you're set up for unparalleled success.


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