Building Modern Backends

Creating backend architectures is a more demanding task than ever, with many questions to answer, such as: how to build and operate services that are reliable and secure, scale to millions of users, and are maintainable too? How do you ensure data is always up-to-date and accessible with low latency? Which consistency models can be leveraged to achieve a good balance of performance and user experience? How to keep your systems observable, and how to establish governance and discovery for synchronous APIs as well as streaming services?

Come and join us for the “Building Modern Backends” track, where we are going to explore these and other related questions, helping you to build backends that spark joy for your users and your developers alike.

From this track

Session consistency

Eventual Consistency – Don’t Be Afraid!

Monday Mar 27 / 10:35AM BST

Distributed data-intensive systems are increasingly designed to be only eventually consistent.

Speaker image - Susanne Braun

Susanne Braun

Principal Tech Lead @SAPSignavio

Session cloud native

The Commoditization of the Software Stack: How Application-first Cloud Services are Changing the Game

Monday Mar 27 / 11:50AM BST

The runtime boundaries between applications and the cloud are shifting from virtual machines to containers and functions. The integration boundaries are moving away from pure data access to one where the mechanical parts of the application are running within the cloud.

Speaker image - Bilgin Ibryam

Bilgin Ibryam

Principal Product Manager @Diagrid, Co-author of “Kubernetes Patterns“, Previously Architect @RedHat


Unconference: Building Modern Backends

Monday Mar 27 / 01:40PM BST

What is an unconference? An unconference is a participant-driven meeting. Attendees come together, bringing their challenges and relying on the experience and know-how of their peers for solutions.

Speaker image - Shane Hastie

Shane Hastie

Global Delivery Lead @SoftEd, Lead Editor for Culture & Methods @InfoQ

Session OpenTelemetry

Effective and Efficient Observability with OpenTelemetry

Monday Mar 27 / 02:55PM BST

Modern architectures require effective observability solutions to be able to monitor their health and understand how system changes affect operations distributed across multiple services.

Speaker image - Daniel Gomez Blanco

Daniel Gomez Blanco

Principal Engineer @Skyscanner

Session api

Connecting the Dots: API Design in a Distributed World

Monday Mar 27 / 04:10PM BST

As we’ve gone from building monoliths to building microservices, the number of APIs we’ve got to manage has gone from just the database and front end, to at least one per service. 

Speaker image - Ben Gamble

Ben Gamble

Adviser, Architect & Speaker About Interactive Technology, Startups & Event Driven Systems

Session Data

What is Derived Data? (And do You Already Have Any?)

Monday Mar 27 / 05:25PM BST

There is a growing trend of databases specializing in derived data ingestion and serving. They complement more traditional “primary data” (or “source of truth”) systems.

Speaker image - Felix GV

Felix GV

Principal Staff Engineer @LinkedIn


Monday Mar 27 / 10:35AM BST


Track Host

Gunnar Morling

Senior Staff Software Engineer @Decodableco

Gunnar Morling is a software engineer and open-source enthusiast by heart, currently working at Decodable on stream processing based on Apache Flink. In his prior role as a software engineer at Red Hat, he led the Debezium project, a distributed platform for change data capture. He is a Java Champion and has founded multiple open source projects such as JfrUnit, kcctl, and MapStruct. Gunnar is an avid blogger ( and has spoken at a wide range of conferences like QCon, Java One, and Devoxx. He lives in Hamburg, Germany.

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