Engineering the Future of Software
Feb 3–4, 2019: Training
Feb 4–6, 2019: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

META for microservices: Getting your enterprise migration in motion

Matt McLarty (CA Technologies)
9:00am–12:30pm Monday, February 4, 2019
Location: Sutton South
Secondary topics:  Best Practice

Who is this presentation for?

  • Enterprise architects, software architects, and technology leaders



Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of microservices and microservice architecture
  • Familiarity with domain-driven design, API design, and cloud-native technologies (useful but not required)

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to apply design thinking to address the strategies, methodologies, technologies and cultural tactics that will help an enterprise succeed with microservice architecture


Organizations of all shapes and sizes are adopting microservice architectures in the hopes of emulating the success of web-native companies like Amazon and Netflix. For large, established enterprises, the returns have been mixed, often due to overrotating on the technological aspects of microservices rather than addressing the bigger picture.

Matt McLarty introduces Microservice-Based Enterprise Transformation Architecture (META), a holistic approach organizations can use to ensure their microservices migration delivers its intended benefits. META addresses the technological, operational, methodological, and cultural aspects of the migration effort.

META utilizes five design disciplines to address the strategic, technological, operational, methodological, organizational, and cultural aspects of the migration effort:

  • Program design: A focus on setting goals and mobilizing the enterprise change initiative
  • System design: A focus on deconstructing the business domain and setting service boundaries (uses concepts from domain-driven design (DDD))
  • Service design: A focus on designing individual services, their interfaces, and their implementations (uses the Microservice Design Canvas)
  • Foundation design: A focus on identifying the technological capabilities underpinning the microservices migration effort (introduces the POISED model)
  • Practice design: A focus on the processes and practices needed to succeed in the microservices migration

Along the way, you’ll explore the Microservice Design Canvas and other artifacts and gain practical guidance on how to help your own organizations benefit from microservice architecture through META.

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Matt McLarty

CA Technologies

Matt McLarty leads the API Academy for CA Technologies, where he works closely with organizations to design and implement innovative, enterprise-grade API and microservices solutions. An experienced software architect, Matt has worked extensively in the field of integration and real-time transaction processing for software vendors and clients alike. He recently coauthored Microservice Architecture with other members of the API Academy team.

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