Composable Commerce: The Whole Story
There are many shops worldwide that decided to go with composable commerce. Suppose we need to offer one answer that sums up all those people and their expectations of composable commerce. In that case, it's the greater flexibility and scalability in the development, and easy maintenance of an e-commerce platform.
But, one of the key benefits is that composable commerce allows different platform parts to be developed, updated, and scaled - independently.
In this article, we will thoroughly explain the connection between composable commerce and microservices, which are independent, modular units of functionality.
Actually, microservices that can be developed, tested, and deployed independently, make all the changes in an easy approach of maintaining the platform updated at all times.
How is composable commerce different from traditional commerce?
Monolithic, or traditional commerce architecture, is specific for having all of the components creating one platform. For example, the components responsible for tracking inventory and managing checkout processes are all part of the same application — an eCommerce platform like Magento, Salesforce, Oracle ATG, Shopify Plus, and BigCommerce.
Contrary to that, composable commerce allows the creation of a custom application from the modules that fit specific business needs. All services can be added or replaced (removed) as the user pleases, giving the endless combinations we all strive for.Monolithische oder traditionelle Shop-Architekturen zeichnen sich dadurch aus, dass alle Komponenten eine Plattform bilden. Zum Beispiel sind die Komponenten, die für die Bestandsverfolgung und die Verwaltung der Checkout-Prozesse verantwortlich sind, alle Teil derselben Anwendung – einer E-Commerce-Plattform wie Magento, Salesforce, Oracle, ATG, Shopify Plus und BigCommerce.
Im Gegensatz dazu ermöglicht der Composable Commerce die Erstellung einer benutzerdefinierten Anwendung aus den Modulen, die den spezifischen Geschäftsanforderungen entsprechen. Alle Services können nach Belieben hinzugefügt, ersetzt oder entfernt werden, wodurch die von uns allen angestrebten endlosen Kombinationen möglich sind.
Are composable commerce and headless commerce the same thing?
Headless commerce and composable commerce are similar in that they both involve decoupling the front-end and back-end of an e-commerce platform.
In headless commerce, the front-end and back-end are completely separate, so the front-end can be built using any technology and can be easily changed without affecting the back-end. This allows for greater flexibility and customization in the design of the storefront.
Composable commerce is similar, but it takes this concept a step further by allowing the front-end and back-end to be composed of microservices, which are independent, modular units of functionality. This allows different parts of the platform to be developed, updated, and scaled independently, resulting in a more flexible and scalable e-commerce platform.
In short, headless commerce involves separating the front-end and back-end of an e-commerce platform, while composable commerce involves breaking the platform down into smaller, independent microservices.
What is the difference between modular and composable commerce?
Yes, modular commerce and composable commerce are similar. They both involve breaking down an e-commerce platform into smaller, independent units of functionality.
But, modular commerce involves dividing the platform into larger, more cohesive modules that can be developed and maintained independently. These modules can be considered as large "building blocks" that can be combined to create a complete platform.
Composable commerce, on the other hand, involves breaking the platform down into even smaller units of functionality known as microservices. These microservices are independent and can be developed, tested, and deployed independently. This allows for even greater flexibility and scalability, as different parts of the platform can be easily customized and updated without affecting other parts of the system.Beim Composable Commerce hingegen wird die Plattform in noch kleinere Funktionseinheiten, sogenannte Microservices, unterteilt. Diese Microservices sind unabhängig und können individuell entwickelt, getestet und bereitgestellt werden. Diese ermöglichten eine noch größere Flexibilität und Skalierbarkeit, da verschiedene Teile der Plattform leicht angepasst und aktualisiert werden können, ohne andere Teile des Systems zu beeinträchtigen.
Example structure with microservices
Various headless services combine to create a flexible environment.
Going over the Packaged Business Capabilities (PBCs) in detail
As we mentioned in the chapter above, Packaged Business Capabilities are the building blocks of Composable Commerce, used to create the commerce solution for particular business needs.
PBCs are, to be precise in tech language, applications or services created by developers to fit and serve a particular function.
Using API (Application Programming Interface), PBCs “glue” all these picked services together, creating a website with a neat workflow and almost no need for extensive back-end management.
Difference between PBCs and Microservices
Let us explain the first thing first: microservices are not PBCs.
Microservices are autonomous services created to build various PBCs. Therefore, PBCs can be defined as a combination of microservices. Combined microservices have a role to finish a particular task of the PBC, and combined PBCs are composable commerce platforms. We know you got it now.
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Benefits of Composable Commerce
01: Greater flexibility
02: Improved scalability
03: Enhanced security
04: Faster deployment:
05: Easier maintenance
06: Improved reliability
07: Increased agility
08: Better user experience
09: Enhanced interoperability
10: Lower costs
Disadvantages of composable commerce
Why are modern brands choosing composable commerce?
Besides flexibility, composable commerce offers scalability, security, and ease of maintenance compared to other e-commerce platforms. There are numerous benefits in the development and customization fields, giving the fully functional and scalable platform.
But, at the end of the day, modern brands value tailored and personalized user experience above all the benefits composable commerce can offer.
Why is composable commerce a game changer?
In addition to providing a more personalized shopping experience, composable commerce also offers a number of benefits to businesses. Those benefits are made with the goal of increasing customer satisfaction and loyalty, as customers are more likely to be happy with a product that they have customized themselves.
Another goal that is in focus is reducing waste and inventory costs, as businesses can produce customized products on demand rather than maintaining a large inventory of pre-assembled products.
Overall, the composable commerce era represents a significant shift in the way that products are sold and consumed. By giving customers the ability to create their own products, the potential to revolutionize the e-commerce industry and create new opportunities for businesses and consumers alike is more than real. And it's happening, too.