Successful Holistic Systems Start as Well-Structured Monoliths

Alexey Lapusta, Solutions Architect, Mambu

Markets today demand a different pace of innovation and business strategy implementation. To support those demands, enterprise systems have to be designed as composable architectures, bringing together API-driven systems that could be assembled and/or reassembled as they go.

The most successful holistic systems started as well-structured monoliths, partitioned into smaller segments for either operation (e.g. frequent deployments of UI) or technology (e.g. introduction of new language runtime into an existing application) aspects. It came as an evolutionary step through an introduction of distributed patterns, rather than a complete redesign of the system.

But there is no such thing as a free lunch.  With all benefits that composable architectures provide, they could introduce complexities common for distributed systems if not well thought through. Taking a holistic design approach to designing an architecture from scratch is more important than ever. Amazon is amongst the first to recognise this and introduced  the AWS Well-Architected framework to guide developers when building cloud native applications.

We see how innovative banking and lending propositions are being launched in the cloud in a matter of months. This allows banks to take off-the-shelf best-of-services components provided by innovative fintechs and mix it with in-house differentiators such as user experience, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Successful Holistic Systems


03 Enterprise systems have to be designed as composable architectures to support increasing innovation.

About the Author

Alexey Lapusta is Mambu's Solution Architect with a passion for fintech, cloud, and software design.