It’s time to stop making “Microservices” the goal of modernization.

Roland Barcia
Oct 25, 2018 · 3 min read
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For the past three years, I have been helping clients with some modernization effort. These projects are almost always associated with either “rewriting applications using microservices” or refactoring existing code (and sometimes data…) into mircoservices. Martin Fowler describes microservices architecture here. There are tons of other articles out there that have since described microservices, some written by myself.

In addition, the term microservices, like many popular technical terms, has expanded/abused by many characters to mean a bunch of other things (Apps, components, libraries, etc….). I was on a call recently, and someone told me they build client side microservices. When i probed what they meant by that, it came down to being a library being pulled into a web app, but was very insistent on that code being a “client side microservice.”

I have had some recent examples of client work:

As i talk to more and more customers that want to refactor into mircoservices, and when i query, what they really mean is they want to:

So make those the goals, and solve for them. Somehow, “refactor to microservices” mantra diluted that.

I think we need stop talking so much about” microservices.” Instead we should focus in on specifics:


I really liked this blog: The death of microservices by Dave Kerr, he talks a lot about the complexities around microservice projects.

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