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The rise and fall of microservices

Mark Richards (Self-employed)
9:0010:30 Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Location: Hall A2
Secondary topics:  Best Practice
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Anyone thinking about moving to microservices or currently embarking on a microservices initiative




In 250 BCE, Rome began its expansion into Carthage and later into the divided kingdoms of Alexander, starting the rise of a great empire until its decline starting around CE 350. Much can be learned from the rise and fall of the Roman Empire as it relates to a similar rise and fall: microservices.

Over the past five years, microservices has been on the forefront of most books, articles, and company initiatives. While some companies experience success with microservices, most experience pain, cost overruns, and failed initiatives trying to design and implement this incredibly complex architecture style. Mark Richards examines and demonstrates why microservices is so vitally important to businesses (the rise) and why companies are starting to question whether microservices is the right solution (the decline and fall). You’ll learn the real challenges and issues associated with microservices, how you might be able to overcome some of the technical (and business) challenges, and whether microservices is really the right answer to your problems at this provocative talk.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of the microservices architecture style

What you'll learn

  • Learn why microservices is so popular, some of the key issues and challenges of microservices, some of the ways of overcoming the challenges of microservices, and if microservices is the right architecture for you
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Mark Richards


Mark Richards is an experienced hands-on software architect involved in the architecture, design, and implementation of microservices architectures, service-oriented architectures, and distributed systems. He’s been in the software industry since 1983 and has significant experience and expertise in application, integration, and enterprise architecture. Mark is the founder of Developertoarchitect.com, a website devoted to helping developers in the journey to software architect. He’s the author of numerous O’Reilly technical books and videos, including several books on microservices, the Software Architecture Fundamentals video series, Enterprise Messaging video series, Java Message Service, second edition, and a contributing author to 97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know. Mark has a master’s degree in computer science and numerous architect and developer certifications from IBM, Sun Microsystems, The Open Group, and Oracle. He’s spoken at hundreds of conferences and user groups around the world on a variety of enterprise-related technical topics.

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