Migrating Towards Microservice Architectures: An Industrial Survey

Paolo Di Francesco, Patricia Lago, Ivano Malavolta

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Microservices are gaining tremendous traction in industry and a growing scientific interest in academia. More and more companies are adopting this architectural style for modernizing their products and taking advantage of its promised benefits (e.g., agility, scalability). Unfortunately, the process of moving towards a microservice-based architecture is anything but easy, as there are plenty of challenges to address from both technical and organizational perspectives. In this paper we report about an empirical study on migration practices towards the adoption of microservices in industry. Specifically, we designed and conducted a survey targeting practitioners involved in the process of migrating their applications and we collected information (by means of interviews and questionnaires) on (i) the performed activities, and (ii) the challenges faced during the migration. Our findings benefit both (i) researchers by highlighting future directions for industryrelevant problems and (ii) practitioners by providing a reference framework for their (future) migrations towards microservices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE [15th] International Conference on Software Architecture (ICSA)
Subtitle of host publication[Proceedings]
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781538663981
ISBN (Print)9781538663998
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event15th IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture, ICSA 2018 - Seattle, United States
Duration: 30 Apr 20184 May 2018


Conference15th IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture, ICSA 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Industrial Survey
  • Microservice Architecture
  • Migration to Microservices
  • software services


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