Composable vs. Monolithic Architecture: The Big Differences
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A successful enterprise business is often dependent on a number of factors: a great product or service, a talented team, a strong business strategy and much more. But one factor that can have the potential to truly make or break your business is your ecommerce platform.
For decades, the go-to structure for many businesses has been an all-in-one monolithic platform. However, for enterprise-level businesses with greater complexity — such as expanding internationally or launching multiple brands or websites — monolithic technologies can present numerous challenges.
On the other hand, a composable or microservices architecture, takes a modular approach, allowing businesses to customize their tech stacks by choosing best-in-breed technologies to suit their unique business requirements.
At the same time, this approach requires extensive development work — which can drive up costs.
So which type of ecommerce platform is better?
To help you evaluate which ecommerce structure is best for your business, we’ve compiled a list of the top benefits and challenges of composable and monolithic solutions.
From agility and scalability to maintenance and total cost of ownership, we’ve laid out what you need to consider about these two popular ecommerce approaches so that you can make an informed decision.
While a monolithic, one-size-fits-all approach used to be sufficient for most businesses, today this structure lacks the flexibility to sustain enterprise innovation and longevity.
Luckily, composable commerce offers merchants the freedom to mix, match and combine best-in-breed technologies to create a robust stack that responds to unexpected change.
Want to learn more about how a composable commerce approach enables enterprise longevity? Download our white paper to find out why now is the time to evaluate your existing tech stack and how BigCommerce can help you build a future-proof commerce solution.
Haylee is a Content Marketing Writer at BigCommerce, where she partners with the SEO team to craft narratives and blog content. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin and afterward spent a year abroad to pursue a Master's in International Management from Trinity College Dublin. When she’s not writing, you can usually find Haylee with her nose in a book, enjoying live music or scoping out the best local coffee shops.