Evaluating the right commerce architecture for your business
Ilya Grigorik, principal engineer at Shopify, shares his view on what makes a resilient commerce architecture—and critically, why microservices aren’t the magical solution advocates claim they are.
3 key design features of a modern commerce OS
Extensibility with speed and maintainability
Extensibility at the cost of agility and maintainability is a common but unnecessary pitfall of microservices. Kernel extensions and drivers are robust patterns that offer speed, cohesion, and low maintenance—while allowing for extensibility and modular configuration.
Reduced operational complexity
Good architecture leverages component and service isolation in appropriate places. Unchecked, you lose operational leverage and benefits of shared standards, patterns, and knowledge across teams.
Scalability and security
Opinionated defaults abstract functionalities behind standard interfaces, constrain bad patterns, and minimize costs. Without a shared code convention, deployments are hard to audit, scale, and debug.