And while micro frontends are still a newer idea, this type of application architecture is quickly becoming a popular choice among a number of enterprises. If you haven’t done so already, now may be the time to begin building with micro frontends.
Here are 3 reasons why your enterprise should strongly consider adopting a micro frontend architecture in 2021 and beyond.
1. Micro-Frontends Are Becoming More Popular Among Developers and Analysts
Micro frontends are being used with increasing regularity. And, by and large, their efficacy has been proved.
As of April 2019, ThoughtWorks had placed micro frontends in the “adopt” category on their technology radar. They reaffirmed their assessment in May 2020. Thoughtworks stated, “We’ve seen significant benefits from introducing microservices, which have allowed teams to scale the delivery of independently deployed and maintained services.” We can see that they have seen success in adopting micro frontends, and it is the next architectural choice. Micro-Frontends have reached the level of market maturity required for large enterprises to consider adopting it, some have already started.
According to 2020 State of Microservices Report, 24 percent of developers have used micro-frontends. Micro frontends are being used by organizations like IKEA, HelloFresh, Spotify, Soundcloud, and Zalando.
So while it isn’t the case that most organizations have adopted micro frontends,
A fair number of organizations have used Micro-Frontends to achieve great success. This makes them a leading-edge technology that has been a proven choice by big companies. Now is a great time to start using them, in fact, being an early adopter may be what gives you a competitive advantage in 2021.
2. Transition Legacy Apps Into a Micro Frontend Architecture or Build Net New Apps Using Micro Frontends.
Micro-frontends is not necessarily an all-or-nothing proposition where you need to replace everything all at once. One of the great things is that you can take your current architecture with its frontend monolith and transition it to micro-frontends over time. By adding new features as micro-frontends that are decoupled from the base app, or taking pre-existing functionality and rebuilding it as a micro-frontend. This will give your teams the freedom to update iteratively and deploy independently over the course of time.
On the other hand, if you’re building a net new app, it’s the perfect opportunity to avoid a frontend monolith from the start.