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How to Succeed With Microservice Architecture Using DevOps Practices

Published: 18 November 2016

ID: G00317242

Analyst(s): Gary Olliffe


Microservices can help teams deliver change with more speed and agility, but success requires more than new architecture. Technical professionals responsible for application architecture must also drive a DevOps culture and changes in process, organization and platform to deliver business benefits.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Recognizing Complexity
    • Understanding Your Business's Demand for Change and Willingness to Invest in MSA
  • Part 1: Preparing Your Processes for Microservices
    • Meeting Demand for Rapid, Continuous Delivery With a Fluid Release Schedule
    • Achieving Change Fluidity by Minimizing Release Coordination
    • Mature Your Agile Development and Deployment Processes
    • Optimize Your Testing and Quality Assurance Processes
    • Address New Governance Needs
  • Part 2: Organizing People and Building Skills for Microservices
    • Embrace the Organizational Structure Needed to Deliver Microservices
    • Advocate the Required New Culture and Behaviors
    • Build the Required New Skills and Capabilities
  • Part 3: Defining the Technology Platform for Microservices
    • Preparing the Technical Architecture Needed for Microservices
    • Choosing Hosting Targets and Units of Deployment
    • Selecting Tools in a Crowded and Evolving Microservice Technology Market
  • Part 4: Defining Your Microservices
    • Be Pragmatic About the Size of Your Microservices
  • Follow-Up

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Risk: Being Too Dogmatic
    • How to Mitigate
  • Risk: Changing Architecture While Learning New Processes
    • How to Mitigate
  • Risk: Being Afraid to Fail
    • How to Mitigate
  • Risk: Failing to Put "Just-Enough Governance" in Place
    • How to Mitigate
  • Pitfall: Expecting to Be "Done"
    • How to Avoid
  • Related Guidance

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