October 5, 2017

3 Reasons Why Microservices Are Crucial to Cloud Strategies

Leveraging microservices enables service providers to reduce time-to-market for virtualized services and other innovative offerings.

Microservices are being adopted at increasing rates because they enable an architectural shift that moves away from traditional, monolithic BSS and OSS. As service providers take on digital transformation and cloud strategies, they often share common goals to reduce time-to-market, prioritize customer experience and generate new revenue.

Leveraging microservices makes it easier for service providers to take advantage of sophisticated BSS and OSS capabilities. Because of their structure and focused scope, microservices don’t require heavy development or configuration and are designed to integrate seamlessly into current application environments without disrupting existing business processes. This makes microservices an important part of many cloud and digital transformation strategies.

Here's a look at three foundational capabilities that are driving service providers to adopt microservices.

1. Microservices Accelerate Revenue Generation 

Microservices permit service providers to add specific BSS features immediately, helping reduce time-to-market for virtualized services and other offerings. New BSS functions might include elastic pricing for VNF licenses and support for multipartner scenarios.

2. Microservices Enable Cloud Economics

Microservices provide on-the-fly scalability, enable faster time-to-market and reduce risk when creating and launching new services. They also help service providers to improve business efficiency and reduce costs.

3. Microservices Reduce Risk to Existing BSS and OSS

Microservices enable service providers to make rapid but incremental business and operational changes. This approach reduces transformation risk because it eliminates the need to take on full-scale digital transformation as a means to bring digital services to market.

Traditional services will rely on legacy BSS and OSS as long as they are delivered. But as new virtualized and digital services dominate product offerings, microservices will make it easier for service providers to retire legacy systems and move forward with a cloud-based strategy. Microservices, as part of an overall cloud platform, will play a crucial role as service providers take on digital transformation.


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