Futureproof Your Business with MACH
By Nazmul Islam
Now more than ever, enterprises need a strong, reliable technology and implementation strategy to face the market competition stemming from the global pandemic.
While many have been forced out of the race in the last year, those with strategic adaptability have thrived. Adaption and evolution are crucial to survival.
Today’s blog discusses how the benefits of MACH, a new technology architecture that enables you to quickly acclimate and grow in any market condition, contribute to business success.
What is MACH?
MACH, a new addition in enterprise software architecture, relies on these top-tier technical pillars to adapt rapidly evolving customer expectations:
This combination offers better control and agility to your solution, resulting in future-proof implementations. User expectations often change but, with MACH, solutions are easily adapted through modifying or replacing the related parts. This is all done without affecting the rest of the setup.
To better understand how MACH works, let’s take a deeper look into the individual components.
These are business functionalities of an application that are designed, built, and deployed as independent services. This modularity brings fault tolerance because failure in one service won’t affect the whole application. Likewise, microservices architecture give the freedom of scaling, upgrading, or replacing these independent pieces without disrupting the rest of the services. This modularity also allows other applications to share the same services for common functional requirements, thus achieving reusability.
API enables the data flow among microservices. As the name suggests, the APIs of an application are planned, designed, and tested first in MACH. Other pieces are architected later on and based on the designs of the APIs. This allows applications the freedom to have frontends from any technology and ensures access to any future feature implementations.
This refers to building and running applications on a cloud environment. In this approach, it is a common practice to put an application’s microservices into Containers in Cloud which dynamically orchestrates them for management purposes. Cloud-Native applications auto-scale responsiveness to traffic with increased uptime and performance thanks to the built-in redundancy features within underlying Cloud platforms.
The concept refers to a decoupled head (frontend) from the body (backend), with the two communicating through APIs. It allows teams the ability to connect with customers at any touch point by deploying multiple frontend experiences (heads) across any channel or device regardless of back-end architectures. As the frontend gets decoupled from the backend, the response to changing market conditions becomes easier.
MACH defines a set of architectural principles that allows enterprises to construct ever-evolving digital experiences with instruments that are modular, pluggable, and scalable.
How MACH benefits your business
One of the advantages of MACH is that it makes applications cost optimal. As a buyer, setting up an application used to require a lot of upfront investments for infrastructure, license, maintenance, and security. Often, dragging into a long cycle of decision making and procurement.
MACH principles relieve enterprises from much of these costs by fueling a subscription-based licensing model with the help of Cloud technologies. It allows you to focus on the business, by overtaking the responsibility of maintenance of the infrastructure and security. It also ensures the availability of resources during peak traffic to preserve the user experience. In addition, enterprises only pay for the resources they use!
Another advantage of MACH-based applications is that they are future-proof; you can replace any component anytime for better performance/cost effectiveness without affecting the rest of the parts. This is possible due to the nature of the components of MACH produced applications; they’re scalable, pluggable, replaceable and improvable to meet ever-evolving business needs. Therefore, if the application is carefully architected, any necessary adjustments to the component level are simple to adapt, whether they be current or future requirement changes.
How to be successful with MACH
Agility is the first thing that needs to be practiced in your company. It doesn’t necessarily mean the entire company needs to work in Agile, but the unit using MACH must be. Applications using MACH principles are highly flexible and the Agile philosophy fits well with it. Also, MACH related experiences of product owners and their teams are equally important for company’s success.
Dealing with two or three services is quite easy, however, exponential growth of the landscape with the integration of numerous services might pose difficulties. An experienced team keeps these challenges in mind and plans for integration, access control, and other aspects accordingly that maintains the flow of profit from the early stages with few services.
Needless to say, your QA team should have equal understanding of MACH and relevant testing frameworks for a better user experience. Security, in terms of Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Single Sign On (SSO), would be the next priority item for working with MACH.
Applications with few services may have security implemented within the individual services. However, it is recommended to secure services with IAM planform like AWS Cognito with the growth of the application. Similarly, good pricing model well-planned monitoring system for your services are also important to be success with MACH.
There is no doubt that MACH offers many business benefits. However, given that the technology used is quite advanced, technical issues in MACH can sometimes escalate into something more complex; particularly when the landscape is evolving into an ecosystem. Testing, monitoring, securing, and integrating with expertise are key when countering these challenges and getting the most out of this technology.
Content Bloom has extensive experience and knowledge working on each of the MACH components. If you’re curious and want to learn more, we are offering a free consultation for a limited time. Reach out.
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