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Commerce at MACH Speed – Why VTEX Joined the MACH Alliance

Robert Poratti
Robert Poratti June 24, 2021
Commerce at MACH Speed – Why VTEX Joined the MACH Alliance

The VTEX Commerce Platform is now MACH Certified and a member of the MACH Alliance. The acronym MACH stands for Microservices, API-first, Cloud, and Headless and represents a set of characteristics around how we deliver commerce innovation through our product to our customers.

Our company made the move to a MACH architecture nearly 10 years ago, before the acronym was coined, to support the growing complexities, performance needs, and individuality of our merchant base. This history gives us a unique perspective on the evolution of commerce platforms. The MACH Alliance represents a group of like-minded software vendors and implementers that have arrived at the same conclusion: that this architectural approach is the best way to give innovative merchants the speed and flexibility they need to keep up with rapidly changing markets, emerging sales channels, and growing customer expectations.

VTEX provides a transformational commerce platform to merchants that operate more than 2,500 online stores worldwide and we credit our engineering team’s forward-thinking design to our success today.

As a ruthlessly merchant-centric company, we have been focused on how we can provide the flexibility and speed our clients require to serve the rapidly changing demand of their customers.  We saw how digital merchants were hindered by the monolithic platforms they had been saddled with for years, and we rebuilt our platform with a MACH architecture to provide the technology we know modern organizations need to thrive.

Our company and employees are committed to the open-mindedness required by life-long students of commerce. Evolution and transformation mark our history at VTEX and merchant-inspired change will define our future as well. Now, we are strong advocates for how a MACH approach can serve our merchants well but are humble enough to know that the future may require better, yet to be discovered ways to deliver value to merchants. We are dedicated to continuing to ask this question on behalf of our merchants, our partners, and the Alliance: “How can we accelerate commerce transformation?” Today the answer to that question is with a MACH architectural approach.

We believe the MACH Alliance will be a great platform for us to contribute our technical knowledge to the commerce community. As a member, we’re committed to being a guide to our merchants, and to honor their businesses by acknowledging that MACH is a means to an end. Our content contributions will be practical and prescriptive since we are eager to tell stories of how MACH has allowed our customers to achieve greater performance.

Though we plan to contribute much, we are excited to learn from Alliance members as well. We are honored to be among some of the most innovative commerce companies in the Alliance. Participation will enrich our thinking and sharpen our approach to helping our merchants and partners do commerce better.

MACH and Low-code

In addition to MACH, VTEX offers another ingredient for deploying modern, scalable commerce experiences. This is our low-code development platform, VTEX IO. Available to all of our customers, this platform-as-a-service gives our customers and partners the tools to quickly and easily compose applications both within and outside the VTEX ecosystem. VTEX IO also makes our modern MACH architecture more accessible to businesses who want to enjoy the benefits of MACH quickly. We plan to evangelize the benefits of MACH plus low-code as an active member of the Alliance.

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