Prevent headaches by future-proofing your tech architecture
As a manager of a public institution or museum you want a website that is universally accessible and keeps working under all circumstances. Furthermore you want a website that lasts. Even if your needs change further down the road.
These conditions are not self-evident, as you might know from experience. But how to overcome this? Answering that question is David’s task as a Technology Strategist at GRRR. The international top conference MuseumNext Tech was curious how he did this, especially in regards to our work for Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. In which a bold artistic statement (check out our brutalist web design) is combined with an intuitive interface. Which is not only flexible, future-proof and durable, but also easy to use for editors – even though it’s connected to a huge art collection and various state-of-the-art online services. MuseumNext’s question to David: what is your secret?
<drum roll> ….. quit building monoliths and make it modular!
And yes, the name already gives it away; modular architecture is splitting up an online platform in smaller parts that function independently. Still too often we see websites that have been built up as a monolithic juggernaut. And that causes problems in the long run.
As an alternative to such a monolithic moloch, David’s plea at MuseumNext was for more microservices. And if you’re not convinced of the benefits of this already, some namedropping might help; Netflix, Amazon, Ebay and Soundcloud are enthusiastic evangelists of this philosophy, to name a few.
Using epic paintings, Swiss pocket knives and cutlery, David explained what microservices are and how you can organise your work process to start designing them.