What is Composable Commerce?
Composable commerce is an approach to development where commerce applications are built as a collection of independent, reusable components that can be combined and reconfigured enabling all business-critical functions. These components are designed to work together seamlessly and to be easily integrated with other components to create a larger application or service.
Why Choose Composable Commerce?
Best-In-Breed: The API-first structure enables the adoption of best-in-breed services and customizations previously locked in place by the all-in-one solution of a monolithic system.
Individualized Components: Make updates to any individual component without the need to update and re-deploy the whole application.
Faster Time-to-Market: The reusability of components and code reduces development time, accelerating the delivery of commerce experiences.
Budget Flexibility: No extraneous technological baggage. Only purchase the components that you need.
Developer Experience (DX): Maximize the amount of time engineers spend on writing code that fulfills story acceptance and done-done criteria. And minimize the amount of time spent on manual setup and configuration of tooling. Minimize regressions and new defects by making end-to-end testing easy.
High ROI: Reduced development costs, and faster time-to-market of revenue-generating features result in increased revenue and margins.
How is Composable Different from Headless?
Headless uses an API to decouple the front from the backend. Composable breaks down all backend functionality into individual microservices that perform specific, defined functions. While Headless utilizes APIs to allow frontend freedom, composable uses APIs to allow every function and service to be individualized and accomplished through the best-of-breed component or vendor.
What is the business impact of Composable commerce?
If a brand has the requisite digital maturity to transition their commerce solution to composable, they will unlock a unique commerce experience. The individualized components of composable allow brands to create a solution composed exclusively of the functionality they desire. This also creates a more cost-effective strategy as it allows merchants to only pay for the services and components they use. By utilizing microservices and reusable components, merchants will also see a faster time-to-market under a composable architecture.
Though composability requires technical expertise and a high level of digital maturity, the approach also allows unique solutions that are faster to develop and more cost-effective than pre-built architectures.