How microservices are transforming enterprise software

Go small, or go home. When it comes to workforce productivity, we need to say farewell to the days of clunky and bloated enterprise software and hello to an era of microservices and micro apps. When we go micro, we finally deliver workers what they have been begging for: simplicity in software design. 

Yesterday’s standards won’t cut it in the workplace of tomorrow. For decades, companies implemented enterprise software that included every possible feature, making systems hard to use. Consequently, the apps suffered from feature bloat and were hard to navigate. And things got worse when an application update was required: IT teams would have to take down the application to complete the update, frustrating employees who could no longer do their jobs.

There’s a better way: A microservices architecture. Using microservices allows developers to build applications as “a suite of independently deployable, small, modular services in which each service runs a unique process and communicates through a well-defined, lightweight mechanism to serve a business goal.” This way, IT professionals are not required to rewrite the application’s code if a new feature is added. Microservices utilize smaller codebases to make upkeep easy and quick, increasing productivity overall.

As organizations move away from their monolith systems and transition to a modern, microservices-based architecture, both software developers and employees will benefit. Here’s how:

  1. Software developers: Microservices aren’t tied to a specific language or platform, so developers have the freedom to choose the language that best fits their needs. As they build apps, they can focus on more targeted functionality geared toward business needs, which will help them get through the backlog of company requests. If any updates or new features are needed, developers can work on the specific micro app that needs updating, or create a new micro app, without taking an entire system offline. As a result, the IT organization is more agile to address the demands of the business while ensuring application uptime remains high.
  2. Employees: To maximize productivity, employees need apps that are simple to use, provide access to relevant data, and help them complete their tasks quickly. Unfortunately, today’s enterprise applications do everything but this. Micro apps, on the other hand, provide employees task-specific applications with highly targeted functionality. For example, organizations can build micro apps that enable quick PO, PTO, and expense visibility and approvals, delivering data from a system before an employee even has to look for it. How? Micro apps notify employees when an important system change happens, like a new lead in Salesforce. And, since micro apps can be delivered to employees on any device, browser, email, or messaging client, employees benefit from true omnichannel access to critical information.

Sapho aims to triple productivity and increase organizational effectiveness through a variety of micro apps that deliver benefits such as centralized approvals, proactive business intelligence, and legacy modernization. Now, app development professionals can unleash their imagination and create micro apps that solve real business challenges and keep the enterprises competitive.

Watch this short video to see how Sapho micro apps are transforming the modern workforce.  

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Natalie Lambert is the Vice President of Marketing at Sapho. She joins from Citrix where she held multiple product marketing leadership positions. Before that, Natalie was a principal analyst at Forrester Research where she was the leading expert on end user computing.

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