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Gerold Kathan, Enterprise Architect & Interdisciplinary Bridge Builder, bwin

 Gerold  Kathan Gerold is one of the enterprise architects responsible for the overall target architecture of bwin, Europe's leading online sportsbook and gaming provider. Being with bwin over 7 years Gerold both gained in-depth knowledge of the sportsbook and gaming domain and the architecture, design and implementation of large-scale, high-volume e-commerce systems. During this time he also acted as team lead establishing an architecture group within the bwin IT organization and is currently involved in setting up a holistic enterprise architecture framework. Having deep roots in electronic music being a DJ and event organizer, Gerold was also co-founder and lead architect of a B2B marketplace platform for independent labels including a B2C distribution platform for customized electronic music.

Presentation: "Bwin - P5 a future proof Poker platform"

Time: Wednesday 10:30 - 11:30

Location: Fleming Room

Europe's No.1 online gaming provider has built P5 its new poker platform empowering 25 international poker operators to implement unique white label/SaaS solutions. One of the main challenges has been to combine high requirements on Stability, Scalability and Flexibility.

The vision was to build a system that combines
  • The Stability of a banking system
  • The Flexibility of Lego bricks
  • The Scalability of a Massive multiplayer online game, like World of Warcraft

P5 reached its goals by achieving a unique level of decomposition and modularization. It is built on a single underlying poker integration platform based on SOA and EDA architectural best practices. This foundation supports an increasing range of multinational regulatory gaming requirements enabling various integration scenarios for large scale cost efficiency. Key principles include functional decomposition, environment abstraction and encapsulation of core business logic.

Keywords: Architecture, SOA, Scalability, Availability, Enterprise, High-volume e-commerce, Gaming

Target Audience: Architects, System Desginers and Senior Developers will hear about the challenges of bwin's next generation poker platform in context of complexity drivers like time2market, flexibility for business opportunities & regulative constraints and overall cost efficiency