Using architectural modifiability tactics to examine evolution qualities of Service- and Microservice-Based Systems

An approach based on principles and patterns
  • Justus BognerEmail author
  • Stefan Wagner
  • Alfred Zimmermann
Special Issue Paper


Software evolvability is an important quality attribute, yet one difficult to grasp. A certain base level of it is allegedly provided by Service- and Microservice-Based Systems, but many software professionals lack systematic understanding of the reasons and preconditions for this. We address this issue via the proxy of architectural modifiability tactics. By qualitatively mapping principles and patterns of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Microservices onto tactics and analyzing the results, we cannot only generate insights into service-oriented evolution qualities, but can also provide a modifiability comparison of the two popular service-based architectural styles. The results suggest that both SOA and Microservices possess several inherent qualities beneficial for software evolution. While both focus strongly on loose coupling and encapsulation, there are also differences in the way they strive for modifiability (e.g. governance vs. evolutionary design). To leverage the insights of this research, however, it is necessary to find practical ways to incorporate the results as guidance into the software development process.


Modifiability Architectural tactics Patterns Service-Based Systems SOA Microservices 



This research was partially funded by the Ministry of Science of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, for the Doctoral Program “Services Computing”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Justus Bogner
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Stefan Wagner
    • 2
  • Alfred Zimmermann
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Applied Sciences ReutlingenReutlingenGermany
  2. 2.University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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