Cloud-native software is developed from the ground up in the cloud. Such solutions consist of individual microservices, i.e., granular functional modules that operate completely independently of one another and can be scaled individually according to need and performance requirements. The advantage of this is that resources can be used very effectively and performance peaks can be reliably absorbed. This is relevant, for instance, for companies that have fluctuating performance requirements for data processes such as importing, tagging and editing product images due to seasonal product range changes and campaigns.
API-first refers to an approach in software development that describes an open and reusable design of APIs and therefore enables a particularly flexible system architecture. As a result, new digital business models and applications can be developed quickly and agilely, which in turn access existing data storage systems.
API-first is the basis for headless software. These solutions focus on the technology that manages, transforms and provides the data, defines rules and maps workflows. The user interface, on the other hand, is not an integral part of the solution, but can take on all kinds of forms. Sales apps, online stores and social media campaigns, for instance, can be filled with product content from the same data management system at the same time, without companies having to accept any limitations in terms of presentation. Of course, the API-first approach means that all other tools and neighboring systems can also be supplied with the data stored in the solution.
Composable architecture describes the entire construct of an API-first infrastructure in which individual microservices and applications are combined very flexibly, exchanged, and supplemented by additional complementary services. A great deal has happened in this area in recent years, particularly in the commerce sector, but corresponding developments can also be observed in the area of upstream product content management.