2023 Buzzword: Composable 🧱 What it means and what we think of it...

Scale resources by building content once and making it accessible and reusable across teams, markets, channels, and devices.

- 17. January 2023

2023 is already shaping up to be a great year, and there is so much more to come. Today, let’s chat about a buzzy term in the digital industry: “composable.” (Not to be confused with compostable, which I almost typed here. 🤦) What it means, why we like it, and more answers below!

This latest trend is one we’re particularly fond of, mainly because of its accessibility, usability, and, well, reusability.

Let’s focus a bit on composable architecture, specifically. Composable architecture is a design that lets developers create reusable components, so building new pages, apps, etc., is faster and easier than ever. You can scale resources by building content once and making it accessible and reusable across teams, markets, channels, and devices.

What is it?

Composable architecture breaks down large, complex systems into small, manageable components that can be deconstructed and reconstructed repeatedly to meet your needs.

Our friends at Contentful explain:

  • “Each component is like a tool in a toolbox. They can be used, removed, or rearranged as needed to build experiences and streamline processes. The components are then ideally connected by developer-friendly APIs that provide straightforward integration, with no heavy orchestration or batch data loading required.”

It’s a way for your colleagues across all teams to use behind-the-scenes components again and again for any type of audience or channel.

Who uses this composable stuff anyway?

Anyone planning to put the user first when designing a digital experience should consider composable platforms. A composable approach means that all components can be scaled, replaced, and continuously improved.

Why we like it:

More creation, less stagnation.

Composable platforms let you spend less time reinventing the wheel and more time building your great ideas. As a result, teams can pivot quickly, publish faster, and keep trying new ideas.

Of course, composable architecture isn’t for everyone. Smaller companies with more straightforward web pages may not need or benefit from the complexity. But larger businesses, especially e-commerce sites, can significantly benefit from the personalization and simplification of composable architecture.

Composable architecture also gives a competitive advantage since companies can quickly provide customers with meaningful online interactions and customized digital experiences.

  • Contentful said it well, “When your tools don’t get in your way, you can focus on what really matters… Streamlined content operations mean more time for the good stuff.”

Want to learn more?

- Check out Contentful’s guide: 7 steps to become (more) composable

- Read more about how Adapt and Contentful work together to create incredible digital experiences.

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