An expert interview study on areas of microservice design

Authors Stefan Haselböck
Rainer Weinreich
Georg Buchgeher
Title An expert interview study on areas of microservice design
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.2018.00028
Month January
Year 2019
Pages 137-144
SCCH ID# 18088

Microservices are single-responsibility units that are implemented in various technologies by independent, crosscutting teams. A shift to a microservice architecture therefore touches many different areas, including system design, organizational structures, and runtime infrastructure. To investigate the importance of different areas of microservice design, we interviewed 10 microservice domain experts to find out which design areas are relevant for microservices, how important they are, and why they are important. This paper presents the resulting microservice design areas, assessments of their importance, and rationales for the provided assessments.