There has been a lot of discussion going on in the internet on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Microservices lately. There were a lot of debates as to what makes them different from one another, and which one is better among the two. There were many valid arguments from both sides.
While some consider Microservices as the future of architectural style, many others still prefer SOA. Let’s get an idea on our contenders so we can come to a conclusion.
You may already know a few variables that you need to consider so as to find the right partner from a large number of software development companies in the market, to help grow your business. But do you ask the right questions? There are a lot of factors to be taken into account before hiring a software provider.
With your business growing, you will eventually have to acquire a software that caters to your business needs. This is basically a race to get your business into the digital realm and expand it.
The prospect of practicing agile in a geographically distributed landscape is fraught with challenges, but is not without opportunities. By definition, a distributed development team (sometimes referred to as remote teams or outsourced teams) consists of teams collaborating on a common project separated by cultures, time zones and distance.
The potential advantages of distributed development are
- Access to a larger pool of skilled labor
- Lower development cost
- Quicker time to market.
- Global presence
- Virtual organization
Conversely, its disadvantages are
- Communication: When you’re not face-to-face you are unable to observe body language which embodies a lot of valuable communication cues.
- Temporal: Finding common working times, increasing the communication challenges. To counteract these challenges, teams often find that they need to create more documentation than they normally would otherwise.
- Cultural: Different work ethics, commitment, holidays etc.
- Scope Creep: Scrum allows requirements to be flexible and if tasks are not well defined; it will lead to scope creep and incorrect effort estimates. In a distributed environment this can be a volatile combination.
- Effort: Consider how a distributed team with a team of developers in India (possibly with a scrum master) comes to terms on effort estimation with a product owner situated in another country, with different ideas about appropriate time and effort to be dedicated to a project.