Businesses thwarted by the pace of change are usually constrained by monolithic architecture, legacy systems, and outdated processes. Many of these tools have been functional – or just reasonable – for years but have become a clear barrier to innovation.
However, this can be managed when business leaders learn to think differently and begin to create composable architecture. According to Gartner, a composable business is “an organization made of interchangeable building blocks”. This modular structure enables rapid response to changes in demand, traffic, manufacturing and supply chain challenges. A flexible set of tools and infrastructure enables companies to keep pace with customer expectations to deliver the rich, engaging experiences they need.
Finding Dexterity in the Chart
GraphQL, an open-source data query and manipulation language, helps companies create and maintain composable architecture, enabling teams to quickly and efficiently create better experiences for customers. The result for product and engineering teams is the ability to create consistent, predictable APIs for faster design, development, and implementation of new features.
GraphQL can fetch specific data from multiple data sources in a single API call, making APIs fast and flexible and reducing data over- and under-fetching issues (a common issue with older solutions, where too much or too little data is fetched , rendering queries insufficient). DeBergalis explains: “The question becomes how you can use and reuse or reuse existing software, such as inventory management software.”
Businesses large and small, from small supermarket chains to industry giants like Netflix, are reporting rapid benefits from the agility of graphics technology. In recent years, Netflix has integrated its APIs into a federated GraphQL platform. As a subscription streaming service and production company, Netflix IT processes huge amounts of data (titles, production companies, artist data, finance, customer data, etc.), and many data entities are owned by different entities. The federated GraphQL platform means data can be controlled and protected by the owner, shared with other stakeholders, and seamlessly searchable between entities for the user.