Microservice design space analysis and decision documentation: A case study on API management

Authors Stefan Haselböck
Rainer Weinreich
Georg Buchgeher
Editors
Title Microservice design space analysis and decision documentation: A case study on API management
Booktitle Proceedings of the 11th IEEE International Conference on Service Oriented Computing and Applications (SOCA 2018)
Type in proceedings
Publisher IEEE
ISBN 978-1-5386-9133-5
DOI 10.1109/SOCA.2018.00008
Month January
Year 2019
Pages 1-8
SCCH ID# 18087
Abstract

Design space analysis is a method for identifying and organizing potential design options and related concepts. So far, we have used decision models for the design space analysis of various areas of microservice design. Based on the feedback we have received, we refine our approach for design space analysis and extend it to support decision documentation. To validate the refined design space analysis approach and the approach we developed for decision documentation, we conduct a case study of microservice API management together with an industry partner. We present the identified design spaces and decision models created during the design space analysis, and show how the decision models were used for decision documentation. In addition, we draw general conclusions from applying the presented approach and concepts in an industrial context.