What are Micro Apps on iOS?

To understand what micro apps are on iOS,  we first must look at what a “micro app” is. A micro app is a small, precise, highly specialized application. It is designed for a single use case. They can run independently, or you can combine several micro apps in pursuit of a more complex objective. Some example use cases include reading from or writing to an enterprise database, or sending alerts or notifications when a particular event occurs.

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7 Key Benefits of Microservices

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A recent Vanson Bourne survey of 200 senior IT leaders found that 84% of enterprises have already embraced the benefits of microservices. The survey participants also agreed that a failure to adopt microservices would make enterprises less competitive in the future.

The question is, why are microservices so helpful to modern enterprises? What benefits do corporations receive from using this architectural style?

In this article, we provide an in-depth exploration of seven key benefits of microservices. But first, we’ll provide a brief definition of microservices to bring newcomers up to speed on this technology. 

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Microservices Examples: How Amazon, Netflix, Uber, and Etsy Broke Their Monoliths and Scaled to Unprecedented Heights with Microservices

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Some of the most innovative and profitable microservices examples amongst enterprises companies in the world – like Amazon, Netflix, Uber, and Etsy – attribute their IT initiatives’ enormous success in part to the adoption of microservices. Over time these enterprises dismantled their monolithic applications and refactored them into microservices-based architectures to quickly achieve scaling advantages, greater business agility, and unimaginable profits.

In this article, we’ll explore the microservices journeys of these wildly successful enterprises. But first, let’s look at the general circumstances that inspire enterprises to use microservices in the first place.

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What Are Microservices? What You Need to Know

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Microservices are small, independently-running applications that perform a single function for a larger application or IT infrastructure. By loosely connecting a number of them together, developers create a pluggable architecture that facilitates the process of updating, upgrading, and scaling the application in response to changing requirements.

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What Is an ESB and Its Alternatives?

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ESB and Its Alternatives

An ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) allows you to integrate the disparate applications and services that run your organization, in this article we take a closer look at what an ESB is and what alternatives exist. By connecting all of these components through an ESB, you eliminate the labor-intensive task of custom-coding messy, point-to-point integrations. In this way, an ESB provides a safe, fast, and reliable backbone to your IT infrastructure.

However, it’s important to remember that an ESB is not the only app integration solution. There are certain circumstances where an iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service) can serve as a less expensive, easier-to-use ESB alternative.

In this guide, we’ll help you understand what ESB technology is, when you should use it, and when you should consider an iPaaS solution instead. We’ll also review the three most popular ESB/iPaaS solutions on the market today.

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API Trends: Monolithic vs Microservices Architecture

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Monolithic vs. Microservices architectures, we’re showing you the history and the pros and cons of each. A lot has happened in the world of APIs management taking us from Monolithic methods to Microservices. From the agile method to the Internet of Things, software development is full of hot trends. They promise to revolutionize the tech industry for years to come. Some of these trends are truly revolutionary, while others are simply a flash in the pan.

Software developers’ tend to chase after shiny objects. With this fact, it hard to distinguish between phenomena that are actually impactful and those that are just another tech flavor of the month. 

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What Are Containerized Microservices?

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Shipping Boat Represents Containerized Microservices

Most people know that containerized microservices are essential to cloud migration and digital transformation, but do you have a clear picture of what containerized microservices are and why they’re important?

In this guide, we’ll explain containers, microservices, and how they work together in simple terms – so you finally know what everyone is talking about at the office. 

We’ll do this by covering the following topics:

  • How the Limitations of Virtual Machines Led to Containers
  • What Are Containers?
  • What Are Microservices?
  • How Containerized Microservices Work
  • Tools for Containerized Microservices

Feel free to skip to the sections that interest you most, and share this guide with anyone who needs an easy explanation of containerized microservices.

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What is a Micro App: An Emerging Trend

There’s no doubt about it, micro apps are on the rise. In the approximately two years since joining the DreamFactory team, I’d estimate I’ve conversed with more than one thousand companies about their API-based projects. These conversations provide a great opportunity to peer inside the IT operations of organizations large and small, not to mention pick up on emerging technology trends. Regarding the latter, over the course of the past year or so two trends have become strikingly clear: the first is that companies of all sizes are gravitating to identity and access management service provider Okta. Second, a titanic migration to Microsoft Azure is under way.

Speculative reasoning behind both of these trends is probably worth a blog post unto itself, however there is a third and arguably far more profound trend that could have major reverberations across the enterprise software industry: growing interest in micro apps.

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