Businesses hampered by the pace of change are usually constrained by monolithic architecture, outdated systems, and outdated processes. Many of these tools have been functional – or simply acceptable – for years but have become clear barriers to innovation.
However, this can be managed when business leaders learn to think differently and start creating a composable architecture. According to GartnerA buildable business is an “enterprise made up of interchangeable building blocks”. This modular structure accommodates rapid response to changes in demand, traffic, production and supply chain challenges. Agile toolset and infrastructure allow companies to keep pace with customer expectations, to deliver the rich and engaging experiences they demand.
Finding agility in the graph
GraphQL, an open source data processing and query language, helps companies create and maintain a configurable architecture, allowing teams to quickly and efficiently create better customer experiences. The result for production and engineering teams is the ability to create consistent and predictable APIs to design, develop, and deploy new features faster.
GraphQL can pull specific data from multiple data sources in a single API call, which makes APIs fast and flexible, and reduces issues with redundant or missing data (a common problem with legacy solutions, where too much or too little data is pulled, which leads to insufficient queries). DeBergalis explains, “The question is how to take existing software, such as inventory control software, and reuse or repurpose it.”
Companies large and small, from convenience store chains to industry giants like Netflix, are reporting rapid gains from the flexibility of chart technology. For the past few years, Netflix has been integrating its APIs into a federated GraphQL platform. As a production and subscription streaming service company, Netflix IT handles huge amounts of data (titles, production companies, performer data, financial data, customer data, etc.), and many data entities are owned by different units. The unified GraphQL platform means that data can be managed and protected by its owner, shared with other stakeholders, and searchable across entities, with ease for the user.