The MACH Alliance is an industry coalition focused on modern, high-velocity technology architectures, particularly in the commerce arena. The MACH acronym splits into four technological components - Microservices based, API-first, Cloud-native SaaS, and Headless. Having built scalable, successful architectures of this manner for years, Formidable is proud to be a Certified System Integrator in this alliance.
MACH architectures, when implemented well, are flexible and maintainable. Each composable service component can be individually addressed and serviced in a focused manner (rather than maintaining bespoke, different versions of nearly the same service in a monolith). Moreover, composable components allow additional applications, servies, and application extensions to be built faster, more easily, and with better outcomes.
A MACH application should be developed and orchestrated in a manner such that separate teams can develop, build, and deploy their business functionality and features flexibly and autonomously.
All data and services should be exposed through an API layer that aggregates and abstracts any underlying monolithic or legacy data stores. Formidable has found great success with GraphQL APIs that can provide a seamless interface to web, mobile, and other applications while taking care of all of the sometimes harrowing upstream data services details.
MACH architectures should leverage cloud features and service platforms to increase flexibility and scalability. Formidable has a wide array of service partners providing cloud hosting platforms, extensive expertise in crafting custom cloud-native architectures on AWS, Azure, etc., and the knowledge and experience to guide our clients as to which deployment path is most appropriate to their project.
Frontend applications should be decoupled from backend logic and APIs, enabling UI teams more flexibility for application changes over time while preserving data/content investments on the backend. Formidable has years of in-depth expertise at these types of decoupled designs and crafting UIs appropriate for flexible backend APIs and systems.
Well-tuned MACH applications are faster and more robust, both of which deliver better UI and customer experiences, which has been demonstrated to have better purchasing and loyalty outcomes in the e-commerce arena.
Investments in unified APIs open up endless future possibilities. A flexible, MACH-based API can support new web and mobile applications, or even enable external consumption by partners or customers.
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