Presentation: How Events Are Reshaping Modern Systems

Track: Architecting for Failure

Location: Fleming, 3rd flr.

Duration: 10:35am - 11:25am

Day of week: Wednesday

Level: Intermediate

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Event-driven architecture and design have been getting a lot of attention in recent years. It’s an old concept that has been around for decades, so why this sudden peak of interest?

In this talk, we will explore the nature of events, what it means to be event-driven, and how we can unleash the power of events. The goal is to arm you with a solid theoretical understanding of how to design an event-driven system, what tools and techniques you can use to reap the most benefit from its design, and perhaps most importantly, what to avoid.

We'll discuss how an event-driven design can help:

- drive autonomy

- reduce risk

- increase certainty

- increase resilience

- increase scalability

- increase traceability

- increase loose coupling

Skeptics should definitely attend.


How you you describe the persona and level of the target audience?


My talk is for programmers and architects (from beginners to experienced) that are interested in and intrigued by event-driven systems and event-driven architecture.


What do you want “that” persona to walk away from your talk knowing that they might not have known 50 minutes before?


I will try to give them a theoretical understanding what being event-driven is all about, with enough practical tips to get started applying it to their use-cases, design process, and system architecture.


What trend in the next 12 months would you recommend an early adopter/early majority SWE to pay particular attention to?


The emerging unification of Microservices and Streaming/Fast Data architectures. This includes both using Streaming/Fast Data to analyze large volumes of data in close to real time, getting value from data faster, as it arrives into the services endpoints, as well as bringing the power of Streaming into the Microservices themselves—both as a communication protocol as well as a persistence solution (through event logging)—including both client-to-service and service-to-service communication.

Speaker: Jonas Bonér

Founder & CTO @Lightbend / Creator of Akka

Founder and CTO of Lightbend, inventor of the Akka project, initiator and co-author of the Reactive Manifesto and a Java Champion. Learn more at:

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