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Three fundamental changes are affecting application development today. Microservices architecture is a new paradigm for how to structure modular applications that in many cases solve more problems than throw up new ones.


  • Organizations need to assess their strategy for developing software in the wake of the new software development paradigms that are currently sweeping through IT.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand that microservices architecture-based applications are ideal for implementing continuous delivery.
  • Understand that the new application development paradigms have advantages but also introduce new challenges.

Key questions answered

  • What is a microservice?
  • How should microservices be built?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Defining microservices

  • Microservice principles
  • How to manage data in microservices
  • How to build a microservice

The good side of microservices

  • Make rapid changes in production
  • Easily scale manpower in development
  • Easily scale applications in production
  • Rapidly evolve applications
  • Designing for failure

The bad side of microservices

  • Greater operations complexity

The ugly side of microservices

  • Lack of training and knowledge

New styles of programming for microservices

  • The twelve-factor app


  • Further reading
  • Author

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