API and Microservices Consulting
Microservices are more than just a new technology. They shift the focus of software delivery from large, monolithic applications that require coordination across multiple teams to distributed components that do one thing well, assembled into an API portfolio that digitizes business and technical capabilities.
As a result, organizations that implement microservices can gain:
- Quicker software delivery due to relaxed coordination requirements
- A transformation from maintaining systems in silos to coordinated API-centric business and technical capabilities
- The ability to compose new applications that address current and emerging needs seamlessly
Microservices Require a Fundamental Shift in Team and Technology
Migrating to microservices requires more than just selecting a few technologies and frameworks. You also have to change how you think about software delivery. Organizations that adopt microservices must revisit their organizational structures, culture, and automation strategies. Without these shifts in thinking, your company will introduce more technical debt and slower delivery cycles, drifting away from your goal in adopting microservices.
We coach teams on the best approach to microservices, prepare organizations for microservice adoption with training and embedded coaches, and provide regular reviews to assess progress and course-correct as needed to maximize your investment in microservices.
Migrating and Integrating Legacy Systems
Not all microservices are built from the ground up: microservices need to coexist with legacy systems. From integration to containerization to proper security, your approach to microservices will affect whether you realize their benefits (and to what extent).
Whether you want to migrate an existing system to use microservices or consume your microservices from a legacy system, we can provide the guidance you need to make your modernization efforts a success.
Manage Your API Portfolio and Drive Adoption
Your API portfolio reveals a lot about what your organization provides to internal, partner, and public developers. To drive your APIs’ discoverability and overall adoption, you need to properly manage your portfolio with the right mixture of tools and processes:
- A developer portal that plainly articulates the use cases that your API portfolio is designed to solve
- Well-written, clear API documentation that helps developers accelerate integration tasks
- A straightforward path for internal teams to release private, partner, and public APIs to drive innovation
Move Beyond “Build It and They Will Come”
Just because you have APIs today doesn’t mean developers want to use them. It’s crucial to apply a proper approach to API discovery for business and development stakeholders and implement an onboarding process for developers that drives API adoption. We can help you jump start your internal, partner, or public API portfolio by partnering with your architecture and delivery teams to produce great API design and documentation.
Build Your API Documentation and Developer Portal
API documentation is the single most important artifact you will produce for developers. Your documentation is the first encounter most developers have with your API and a crucial part of your strategy for strengthening adoption and reuse. Clear, well-written documentation ensures that developers understand what your API offers, how to use it, and what to do when they are ready to start integrating.
Contact services@GeneticThought.com for further details.