What is the MACH Alliance?
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, we are proud to be a Certified System Integrator in this alliance.
What is a MACH Architecture?
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 architecture is best understood by digging into the four constituent parts of the MACH acronym.
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. We have 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. We have 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. We have years of in-depth expertise at these types of decoupled designs and crafting UIs appropriate for flexible backend APIs and systems.
Benefits of Going MACH
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.
Work With Us
We won’t just be an extra set of hands—we’ll help guide your strategy, enact best practices to ensure sustainability, and help your team level up along the way. Not sure where to start or have a few questions you need answered? Contact us to book a free discovery session to talk through your idea, project, or goals.
Get started for free and you’ll be contacted by one of our specialists to find out more about your project.