07-05-2020

Technology Radar Spring 2020

  • Friso - Chief Technology Officer
    Friso Geerlings
    Chief Technology Officer

The new Spring 2020 ISAAC Technology Radar is released! The radar helps our teams to focus on key technologies we base most of our solutions on, although it is by no means a complete or limiting list for our work. The Radar is also maintained to provide our teams with a sense of direction for study, experiment, prototyping and research, and also to see what technologies are assessed elsewhere in the organization.

Technologies in the different rings

Technologies in the Assess-ring are in use in production projects but sometimes still have to prove their value for large-scale project deployments and ‘enterprise stuff’, Trial technologies and concepts are tried out in specific situations. The Hold-list contains ‘legacy’ tools and frameworks that sometimes still have their place, but rarely in new projects. 

New in the Adopt ring are such strategies as Threat Modelling, that help us to rationalize around attack vectors and common solutions to project our platforms from security threats. Sentry saw a larger-scale roll-out as our favorite (open) error aggregation tool. The Platforms & Services quadrant does not show many movers this time. Most tools are steady and have found their sweet spot in our portfolio. We are assessing Mirakl as Marketplace Commerce engine in this quadrant. And although everyone seems to have an opinion on Magento 2, it remains a strong player in our eCommerce offerings and projects.

From a development languages and frameworks perspective, our default go-to frameworks are still Spring for Java, Symfony for PHP, Vue.js and React on the Front-end and the infrastructure and serverless technologies provided by AWS. For integration and SSO software, the Red Hat stack remains strong in our Radar.

An interesting development we see on multiple angles is the proliferation of GraphQL in both services we develop, and in services we consume. Key platforms like CommerceTools now provide GraphQL interfaces. We also like it for our own API services where possible, using frameworks like Apollo GraphQL, even though it is sometimes more as a POC than as a production necessity.

Update expected in the autumn

The next Technology Radar update is expected in the autumn. Let’s see if the ‘rise of low-code’ continues in an industry-impacting way (and makes it to our Radar) and what will happen in the Serverless and CNCF landscape. Both areas still look promising and deliver more and more value, but also have some hurdles to take with regards to documentation quality, proven reliability and ease-of-use in a ‘standard’ project. We do not see the ‘monolith’ as dead and forgotten at all for mid-size assignments that don’t need a whole cloud of hardware; the shiny new kids on the block don’t always live up to their hype potential. Focus and a strong dose of realism remain paramount in a healthy IT-providers toolbox!