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A Four-Pronged Approach to Microservices Adoption By Aravind Ajad Yarra Enterprises have been struggling for years to develop applications that are agile and quick to change. Microservices architecture provides a way to address this challenge and has therefore caught the attention of enterprise IT teams. Beyond the initial enthusiasm, proof of concepts and pilot implementations, enterprises are struggling to adopt this architecture. In this blog, I explain why enterprises need to consider a strategic approach to Microservices architecture and suggest a four pronged approach to adoption. Microservices Enable Evolutionary Architecture There are quite a few architecture styles that have emerged over the last few years from the internet companies that don't have the constraints of legacy systems. One of the key characteristics of these architectures is their ability to re... (more)

Patterns for Building High Performance Applications

Performance is one word that is used to describe multiple scenarios when talking about application performance. When someone says I need a High Performance Application, it might mean any/all of the following: Low web latency application ( meaning low page loading times) Application that can serve ever increasing number of users (scalability) Application that does not go down (either highly available or continuously available) For each of the above, as an architect you need to dig deeper to find out what the user is asking for. With the advent of cloud, every CIO is looking to buil... (more)

Why Are Enterprises Looking at Big Data?

The advent of the Social Collaboration, Online Selling, Digital Goods, Mobile means every enterprise wants to process the transactional and analytical data, that is being collected at multiple customer touch points. All this data need to be processed so that the enterprise can better understand the customer, his social network, his buying patterns and other things. This has led to ever increasing amount of data, which is leading to the following issues within the enterprise. ... (more)

Application Performance and Antipatterns

Any application you pick up, there are some issues – big or small. There will be copy-paste code, mistakes, algorithms which could have better thought through. But what distinguishes an antipattern from these normal errors is that like patterns these antipatterns are recurring throughout the code base. In my recent experience in dealing with performance issues, I had observed certain recurrent themes that are undermining the overall application performance. Most of these antipatterns are well documented but it seems we do not learn from others mistakes. We need to make our own mis... (more)

Cloud Based Services: Plumbing the Web

Cloud based services are so ubiquitous that it is almost impossible to imagine our daily life without these. These services range from web e-mail services like Gmail to productivity apps like Evernote to Social Networks like Twitter to Information services like Weather.com. I can count at least twenty different services that I use on a daily basis and probably hard to live without. I get tremendous value from these services, both personally and professionally. However, there is an ugly side to these services. Each of these services live in their own island and it is hard to go on... (more)