Further Development of Legacy Applications

Starting with a microservices-based architecture is easy and provides immediate advantages when working with old systems: Instead of having to add to the old and hard to understand code base, the system can be enhanced with a microservice. The microservice can act on specific requests while leaving all others to the legacy system. It can also modify requests before they are processed by the legacy system. With this approach, it is not necessary to replace the legacy system completely. In addition, the microservice is not bound to the technology stack of the legacy system but can be developed using modern approaches.


Microservices enable shorter time-to-market. As mentioned previously, microservices can be brought into production on a one-by-one basis. If teams working on a large system are responsible for one or more microservices and if features require changes only to these microservices, each team can develop and bring features into production without time-consuming coordination with other teams. This enables many teams to work on numerous features in parallel and bring more features into production in less time than would have been possible with a deployment monolith.

Microservices help with scaling agile processes to large teams by dividing the large team into small teams, each dealing with its own microservices.

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