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Microservice - The First Decade

A decade ago, the term "microservices" was coined at a software architecture workshop. Since then, this architectural style was attracting a lot of interest in the tech industry leading to widespread adoption, but is still facing controversial discussions and pain points.

Microservices bring various benefits but come with a lot of complexities. On this track, we are going to share stories about microservices adoptions including pitfalls and discussing potential future trends of microservices.

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Session Microservices

Unwinding a Decade of Assumptions - Architecting New Experiences

Thursday May 20 / 06:10AM PDT

How are you thinking about legacy? As engineers, we look at systems or code that haven’t changed in years, and imagine what we would do today. However, we often neglect the hearts and minds behind them, and how those need to change too. The price of innovation is an evergreen race between...

Cole Turner

Senior Software Engineer @Netflix

Session Microservices

The Human Side of Airbnb’s Microservice Architecture

Thursday May 20 / 07:10AM PDT

The long journey of migrating your monolith to microservices is not only a technical challenge but also a shift in culture and the ways of working for your company. Scaling your tech stack is often motivated by the needs of an expanding engineering team and business. To move into the world of...

Jessica Tai

Engineering Manager of Homes Platform Infrastructure @Airbnb

Session Microservices

Minimizing Design Time Coupling in a Microservice Architecture

Thursday May 20 / 08:10AM PDT

Delivering large, complex software rapidly, frequently and reliably requires a loosely coupled organization. DevOps teams should rarely need to communicate and coordinate in order to get work done. Conway's law states that an organization and the architecture that it develops mirror one...

Chris Richardson

Creator of; Author of Microservices patterns & Java Champion

Session Microservices

Panel: What Have We Learned Over the Last Decade of Microservices?

Thursday May 20 / 09:10AM PDT

Our expert panel of Microservices practitioners will be looking at and examining what we as an industry have learned over the last decade or so building and delivering Microservices architectures. We will discuss what some of the common challenges are for newcomers to the space, and look at what...

Chris Richardson

Creator of; Author of Microservices patterns & Java Champion

James Lewis

Software Architect and Director @ThoughtWorks

Katie Gamanji

Ecosystem Technical Advocate at Cloud Native Computing Foundation


Thursday May 20 / 06:00AM PDT




Track Host

Nicki Watt

CTO/CEO @OpenCredo

Nicki Watt currently serves as OpenCredo’s CTO/CEO, a pragmatic hands on software consultancy with specialisms in data engineering, ML & cloud native solutions. Her technical career has seen her wear many hats from Engineer, Systems & Technical Architects to Consultant and now...

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