Tightly Coupled vs Decoupled eCommerce approach
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Which one to pick – Tightly Coupled or Decoupled ecommerce?

With the world of eCommerce evolving all around in various aspects, businesses these days are tending towards becoming smart and hardworking, instead of just focusing on the hard work to stand out among their competitors.

Businesses are now accepting strategies or business models that generate cost-effective as well as time-effective potential revenues. When many of the eCommerce businesses might get intimidated by this transition, let’s be hopeful that with every new innovation there’ll also come a new way of lead-generation, extraordinary customer experience, flawless digital experience, everlasting brand loyalty, etc.

With this, we can now proceed further to understand traditional tightly coupled systems and trending decoupled systems, adopted globally in eCommerce.

Tightly coupled system: A part of traditional eCommerce approach

A threat to flexibility in a system:

When every element of an eCommerce is glued with each other in terms of functionalities and usability with a single interface, it is called a tightly coupled eCommerce. Whether an eCommerce team wants to bring up some big or a tiny change in one element of the system, you have to pass through all the other elements connected with the former one.

When many of the well-established organizations are still functioning with tightly-coupled or traditional eCommerce systems, the pros and cons are as follows:

  • Everything in the system will be under a common cloud, which can be easy to manage
  • As CMS is pre-integrated in the system, it is an additive benefit
  • The same platform can be accessed easily by development as well as the marketing team
  • For the entire channel there happens to be single and dedicated security that helps the system from cyber attacks
  • Limitation to creative design as you have to stick to prevalent design templates
  • No room for customization that ultimately hampers catering to effective customer experience
  • time-consuming and tough to streamline the overall process

Decoupled system: A different way to fulfill eCommerce business operations

A boon to modern eCommerce:

When we have thoroughly discussed the tightly coupled system; its benefits and drawbacks, the modern age eCommerce businesses want to get rid of those snags by revitalizing the traditional system into something more of an easy-going system. And from then on, terms like Decoupled or Headless or Loosely coupled came into the picture. A decoupled eCommerce is an upgraded version of a traditional

monolith system, where every aspect of eCommerce is independent and to create a change in one module you won’t have to disturb other modules.

Quick walk-through advantages and disadvantages of a decoupled eCommerce will help us for the better in making the right choice.

  • The hassle-free Front-end development is possible without disturbing the database at the back-end which promotes flexibility to developers
  • It encourages scope of customization where both user and admin experiences can be bettered by flexible front-end development which can be done independently
  • Unlike tightly coupled, a decoupled system in an eCommerce which gives freedom to design as your business requirements, without any constraints
  • Can streamline a smooth omnichannel growth benefiting the business
  • With the front-end and back-end decoupled or working independently, it is now easy to make every big or small change whenever and however needed with the extensive support of DevOps or Cloud teams without bothering other eCommerce modules.
  • Transitioning from tightly coupled could be cost-consuming as the platform has to be rebuilt from scratch but you can expect a potential ROI
  • Sometimes it could be stressful as there will be no pre-existing front-end layout. Hence a perfect team of developers and marketing is the only option and getting that perfect combo could be a tough task, which will give rise to dependency on services providers.
  • There could be an alarming warning to security as modules of the system are loosely coupled, so it requires an efficient DevOps Team to secure the cloud

Bottom line: Decoupled in the contemporary eCommerce demand

We have made all the points clear about tightly coupled and decoupled systems by putting down the required insights and differences between the two, for you to get started with your modern eCommerce. Though every new tool and technology comes with its own set of benefits and challenges, we now have to stick with the upgraded one.

So, do you have any plans to decouple your eCommerce?

Techouts has all bells and whistles on suggesting a plethora of eCommerce measures based on business industry and vertical, which address challenges like being faster time-to-market, reutilization of code, and ease of use from the business users perspective.

Should you want to learn more about improvising your eCommerce business operations?

Reach us at sales@techouts.com.

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