Microservices are the fundamental elements of the companies’ digital transformation and the engine of continuous and exponential growth. Microservices development has many advantages, compared to the classic monolithic approach, but as the number of microservices in production grows, the complexity of managing them increases. This complexity can be easily managed with an Enterprise Digital Platform, a complete digital platform that combines processes and methods in a single technological solution based on Kubernetes.
The challenge of governance and the open-source model
When moving from a monolithic to a microservices-based application, the biggest challenge is how to manage this new ecosystem, which is composed of many small software components.
What are the dimensions of this ecosystem? An average company that develops an innovative architecture usually has hundreds of microservices in production, with dozens of different teams (internal and external) that manage them independently.
An architecture based on microservices also requires restructuring the development teams, in order to manage inevitable critical issues, support scalability and simplify the integration of the new features that are continuously developed.
In such a complex ecosystem, how can you have visibility on everything that is happening, on the services in operation, on those in release, on the flows and on the work of the different teams, which can also be located in different geographical positions? In a few words, how do you maintain governance?
To maintain governance, the ecosystem should be managed centrally. In this case, the solution comes from the open-source world: freely accessing tools with clear methodologies allows you to develop extremely modular complex software.
The teams are located all over the world, but follow accredited rules and guidelines. This is a very important governance model, which can be brought into the business context, with the support of innovative software tools.
Mia‑Platform’s proposal for an enterprise-level digital platform
Mia‑Platform offers a technological tool to support this governance model. Mia‑Platform provides the tools to create your Enterprise Digital Platform, the shared digital platform in which good practices, guidelines and development requirements are automatically implemented and whoever has access can start developing immediately according to the process in use in the company.
Mia‑Platform is a collaborative and democratic platform, where each team works on its own features, but can at any time intervene on the code written by someone else, as it respects the rules defined at the enterprise level. Each team is autonomous but contributes with its work to improve the overall ecosystem.
In a long-term vision, a tool of this type can be opened to the outside: customers, partners or third parties can collaborate on the platform, developing new services that can be immediately integrated into the ecosystem – because they meet the established requirements – or purchase individual services owned by the company and ready to be used elsewhere.
The value of the platform increases as the ecosystem and the volumes supported grow.
An Enterprise Digital Platform is a fundamental governance tool for large companies that want to expand their business starting from their technological offer.