How to be Successful using Serverless to Modernize Your Applications

Serverless is one of those words that sounds like a meaningless buzzword but does, in fact, have massive positive impacts on a business when done right.

There are a few benefits and advantages of using serverless for your next project. First off, serverless hardware runs on-demand (only when needed). This results in lower costs. With serverless, there is no worry of one server having a different configuration than the other servers. That solves a lot of frustration.

Geremy Reiner sat down with Jeremy Smart and Jack Marchetti to discuss the benefits of serverless for modernizing applications and infrastructures.

Success with serverless technology can be seen in several ways.

  • The speed to deliver features will increase thanks to a lack of dependencies normally found with servers.
  • Business objectives will be met on a more consistent basis.

Success with serverless technology depends on successful alignment and goal setting.

  • Alignment between the business unit and the technologists is key. You need buy-in on the core fundamental reasoning for why you're implementing serverless technology.
  • Start with a major pain point, and if that transition is successful, you have a pattern to follow for future implementations.
  • Set an ambitious goal, and then ask your team the best way to get there.
  • Finding the right business use case to fit with the right technical use case is going to be critical in building serverless architecture.
  • Ask the questions that matter most to your business, such as: Are we getting things to market faster? Are we providing our customers the functionality they desire? Have we created a more reliable product that our customers trust?

Getting started with serverless architecture starts with a few simple steps.

  1. Start with a small piece of an application you can chop off and independently build. It’s a good idea to start with a low-risk piece you can experiment with that won’t negatively affect the business.
  2. A large part of any kind of modernization effort is cultural and risk management, as well as process management.
  3. Identify some of the technical and cultural debt you'll need to uplift to ensure your organization is ready to absorb these new technology changes.
  4. Ensure the business doesn’t look at the IT department as a cost center but instead as a business partner. This empowers the IT department to help achieve business objectives.