Gartner Research

Choose the Right Service Granularity to Enable Digital Business

Published: 22 August 2017

ID: G00336772

Analyst(s): Anne Thomas , Elizabeth Golluscio , Aashish Gupta


The choice of service granularity has key implications for the agility, scalability and integration needs of a digital business. Application leaders can use our guidance to select from the options of microservices, miniservices and macroservices when building a digital business technology platform.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Promote Multigrained Mesh App and Service Architecture in Your Organization to Support Digital Business
  • Prevent Overfragmentation by Considering Using Macroservices to Encapsulate Capabilities in Heritage Applications
  • Ask Application Teams to Consider Miniservices to Refactor Capabilities That Change Frequently, to Enable More "Agility"
  • Permit an Application (or Part of One) to Use Microservices Only to Support Extreme Agility and Scalability Requirements
  • Recommendations
  • Services of Various Granularities Will Coexist

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