Engineering the Future of Software
29–31 Oct 2018: Tutorials & Conference
31 Oct–1 Nov 2018: Training
London, UK

Potholes in the road from monolithic hell: Microservices adoption anti-patterns

Chris Richardson (Eventuate)
9:4510:05 Monday, 29 October 2018
Location: King's Suite
Average rating: ****.
(4.49, 37 ratings)

A typical mission-critical enterprise application is a large, complex monolith developed by large team. The velocity of software delivery is usually slow, and the team struggles to keep up with the demands of the business. Consequently, many enterprise applications are good candidates to be migrated to the microservice architecture. As you might expect, migrating to microservices requires an enterprise to tackle numerous technology-related challenges. But enterprises often encounter obstacles that have less to do with technology and more to do with strategy, process, and organization.

Chris Richarson details several anti-patterns of microservices adoption that he’s observed while working with clients around the world. You’ll learn the challenges that enterprises often face and how to overcome them as well as how to avoid the potholes when escaping monolithic hell.

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Chris Richardson


Chris Richardson is a developer and architect. He is a Java Champion, a JavaOne Rock Star, and the author of POJOs in Action, which describes how to build enterprise Java applications with frameworks such as Spring and Hibernate. Chris was also the founder of the original, an early Java PaaS for Amazon EC2. Today, he is a recognized thought leader in microservices and speaks regularly at international conferences. Chris is the creator of, a pattern language for microservices, and is writing the book Microservice Patterns, which is available as a Manning MEAP. He provides microservices consulting and training to organizations that are adopting the microservice architecture and is working on his third startup Eventuate, an application platform for developing transactional microservices.