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May 16–17, 2016: Training & Tutorials
May 18–19, 2016: Conference
Austin, TX

Transitioning to microservices

Maria Gomez (BCG Digital Ventures), Cassandra Shum (ThoughtWorks)
9:00am–12:30pm Tuesday, 05/17/2016
Location: Ballroom F Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ***..
(3.85, 40 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

The training is technical in nature and requires basic knowledge of programming of any high-level language (e.g., Java, Ruby, C#, JavaScript, etc.) to understand the microservices code.

Materials or downloads needed in advance

Participants must have a laptop with admin rights to install software and 10 GB of free disk space. Windows and Mac OS X are supported. Limited support for Linux distributions may be provided, but we’ll assume you know how to get the necessary software installed yourself.


Agile practices and techniques like continuous delivery and evolutionary architecture are all about being able to react to changes rapidly. However, putting them into practice when you have a big legacy monolith application can be a difficult job, so recently the industry has come out with different ideas to solve this problem. Microservices, pushed by companies like Netflix or Amazon, are the latest solution to this problem.

Having an architecture based on services offers many advantages (like scalability and technical flexibility), but it comes with upfront costs and complexity that few companies are in a position to pay. María Gómez and Cassandra Shum explore the prerequisites for moving into a microservices architecture and provide tips on how to achieve them via engaging exercises.

Topics include:

  • CD readiness
  • Continuously building, testing, and deploying microservices autonomously
  • Testing microservices and ensuring changes do not break dependent systems
  • Deploying and scaling microservices in a multihost Docker environment
  • Operational concerns
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Maria Gomez

BCG Digital Ventures

Maria Gomez is Engineering Director at BCG Digital Ventures in Berlin. Over her 10 years of industry experience, Maria has worked with many different technologies and domains, which has helped her lead teams and advise stakeholders in making the right technology decisions. She’s also a speaker and an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the IT industry.

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Cassandra Shum


Cassie Shum is the technical director and principal consultant for the east portfolio in North America at ThoughtWorks. A software engineer and architect, she’s spent the last nine years focusing on architectures including event-driven systems and microservices, a wide range of technologies with an emphasis on mobile and software delivery excellence, and she’s helped grow delivery practices and technical strategy and support the next generation of technologists. Some of her passions include advocating for women in technology and public speaking. She’s involved in promoting more female speakers in technology.

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Sean Harrison
06/01/2016 6:27am CDT

Hi, do you have a copy of the slides you used on the day?

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Cassandra Shum
05/11/2016 7:07am CDT

The following would be good to download ahead of time if you already don’t have it on your computers:


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Cassandra Shum
05/11/2016 4:44am CDT

and we will also have USB sticks with the material, so please make sure your USB ports are open as well.

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Cassandra Shum
05/11/2016 4:43am CDT

Yes, I will be posting the material tonight!

Aaron Clark
05/11/2016 4:42am CDT

Is there anything specific that we can install in advance? Network connectivity tends glacial during the workshops.

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Jon L Davis
05/10/2016 8:24am CDT

Well, I can set up a virtual Windows machine on it, and that should work as a Plan B. Is there any software I can install in advance to test?

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Cassandra Shum
05/02/2016 4:35am CDT

Hi Jon,

So we have only tested this on OSX and Windows. I have a feeling it would work on Ubuntu, but we just haven’t tested it out..so enter at your own risk?

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Jon L Davis
04/28/2016 11:54am CDT

My laptop runs Ubuntu 16.10. Is there anything I need to do to be ready for this? I can put a virtual Windows machine on it if I have to.