MIS603: Microservices Architecture Report
Greer John Wealth Management Pty Ltd is a mature company with a strong base of investment customers who trust it with their investment portfolios. Its core platform for managing its customer’s accounts and investments was built in the early 2000s and was cutting edge at the time. This monolithic platform has served both the business and customer needs well. However, changing times mean that cloud-based solutions offer it greater flexibility and agility.
Several factors have arisen that have made it clear to the executive leadership team that it needs to review its technology strategy:
1. Many competitors are evolving their digital platforms to better meet market expectations.
2. Regulatory reform in the area of wealth management is likely to require waves of change to various wealth management products managed by Greer John.
The executive leadership team understands it needs to seek out new ways of meeting its customers’ needs. It is investigating a digital strategy that will allow it to steadily and incrementally transition from its old platform into a cloud-enabled solution that will be nimble and agile in responding to its customers’ digital needs.
A team of consultants has been tasked with building a suite of reports as concept briefs to address the different areas of change so that all stakeholders understand what new solutions will require.
As the microservices architecture specialist in the team, you have been tasked with writing a report about the microservices architecture component of the shift to the cloud. This is to help key stakeholders of the executive leadership team be informed what the change will mean for them.1. Outline what you believe the specific benefits will be to Greer John Wealth Management in transitioning from monolithic architecture to microservices architecture.
2. Discuss key elements of service design:
a. What will need to be considered when splitting the monolithic systems into future microservices?
b. What benefits can be gained from service modelling?
3. Define what DevOps is and what the typical build and test process would require for Greer John Wealth Management to implement DevOps.
You are required to research and write a 2500-word individual report in response to a case scenario. This assessment offers you an opportunity to apply the knowledge you gained about microservices architecture in Part A. You are required to use the case as context to write a report for both business and IT stakeholders explaining the advantages and disadvantages of microservices architecture and the benefits it can offer an organisation. You will need to demonstrate your ability to identify business priorities and relate relevant advantages to complex business needs through the strategy you recommend.
This assessment gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of microservices architecture and your capability to explain complex technology concepts in terms that a non-IT business leader can understand. This prepares you professionally for several roles that ‘build a bridge’ between IT and business leaders.
1. Carefully read the attached Assessment 1 Part B Case Scenario to understand the concepts being discussed in the case.
2. Review your subject notes to establish the relevant area of investigation that applies to the case. Re-read any relevant readings that have been recommended in the case area in modules. Perform additional research in the area of investigation and select 10 additional sources that will add value to your report in the relevant area of investigation.
3. Plan how you will structure your ideas for your report and write a report plan before you start writing.
4. The report should consist of the following structure:
A title page with subject code and name, assignment title, student’s name, student number, and lecturer’s name.
The introduction (250–300 words) that will also serve as your statement of purpose for the report—this means that you will tell the reader what you are going to cover in your report.
You will need to inform the reader of:
- Your area of research and its context
- The key concepts you will be addressing
- What the reader can expect to find in the body of the report
The body of the report (1900–2000 words) will need to respond to the specific requirements of the case study. It is advised that you use questions posed in the case study to assist you in structuring the report by means of subheadings in the body of the report.
The conclusion (250–300 words) will summarise any findings or recommendations that the report puts forward regarding the concepts covered in the report.
5. Format of the report
The report should use font Arial or Calibri 11 point, be line spaced at 1.5 for ease of reading, and have page numbers on the bottom of each page. If diagrams or tables are used, due attention should be given to pagination to avoid loss of meaning and continuity by unnecessarily splitting information over two pages. Diagrams must carry the appropriate captioning. 6. Referencing
There are requirements for referencing this report using APA referencing style. It is expected that you reference any lecture notes used and 10 additional sources in the relevant subject area based on readings and further research.
It is essential that you use the appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research.
Please see more information on referencing here:
7. You are strongly advised to read the rubric, which is an evaluation guide with criteria for grading the assignment—this will give you a clear picture of what a successful report looks like.
Submit Assessment 1 Part B via the Assessment link in the main navigation menu in MIS603 Microservices Architecture. The Learning Facilitator will provide feedback via the Grade Centre in the LMS portal. Feedback can be viewed in My Grades.