16. May 2024

10 stumbling blocks when converting to composable commerce

Precisely because we are avowed fans of the composable commerce framework, we are well aware of the many strengths of the technology. But we also know just as well which obstacles can cause the transformation of your e-commerce platform to stumble.

1. not all that glitters is gold.

The very first stumbling block is quite a piece of advice: Because the fact that systems are “composable” does not mean that they are convincing across the board, that they can really be combined with all other components and, above all, that they really meet your individual requirements. Here’s an important tip: first define your own target image (where do you want to go?), consider the flexibility requirements and only then decide on a really suitable system.

2. composable commerce begins in the mind.

Assumes that the team’s mindset has to adapt. Working in several systems at the same time requires a different approach and demands a willingness to deal with new possibilities and to learn.

3. more monitoring, please.

In a MACH architecture, several systems must always be monitored simultaneously. It should therefore be defined in advance which systems are monitored where and by whom. It must also be clarified when notifications are to be escalated.

4. Optimal cost control. Or should we say “optimized”?

The costs are generally based on usage – i.e. the actual traffic, computer performance and storage space required. That sounds good at first, and it is. Provided that traffic, computer performance or storage space are optimized in the best possible way. Otherwise you may be in for a rude … or rather: expensive awakening.

5. goodbye dependency!

Composable Commerce is designed to allow you to design your system landscape with maximum freedom and without any dependencies. For this reason, you should think carefully about whether to opt for accelerators, for example, as they limit your independence again.

Composable Commerce offers flexible solutions by
seamless integration of specialized services

6. opportunities also want to be used .

Conversion to a composable landscape can open up a lot of potential. But only if you know how to use the technologies and work with them. A modular IT landscape alone does not change anything – even if it is made up of the best specialist systems in the world.

7. knowing how: integration.

Yes, yes… composable can be very simple. However, this doesn’t mean that the detailed requirements of your enterprise business can be fulfilled by plug’n’play. Data, processes and the API of the systems are usually far too complex for this. Not everything shines that should shine (see point 1).

8. We need to talk. About your data.

Composable Commerce does not make your data better per se. Without the hard work of modeling and otherwise editing them, your great modular tools will be of little to no use to you.

9 Yes, you are a stumbling block!

In the worst case scenario, you don’t know exactly what you’re getting yourself into and, to make matters worse, your service provider doesn’t give you the right advice. If these two eventualities come together, your dream of domain-oriented microservices and the like can quickly turn into a nightmare of eternal workarounds and never-ending patchwork.

10. wrong requirements remain wrong requirements .

Whatever caused your monolith or your egg-laying digital pig to stumble before – the same mishap can threaten you again with a modular architecture. For example, due to nonsensical requirements, poor prioritization, a lack of checks using KPIs or a lack of sparring with a trustworthy service provider. These are all killer stumbling blocks that can continue to drive you mad. And that’s not where we all want to go, is it?

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