µCon 2016: The Microservices Conference

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Monday, 7th - Tuesday, 8th November in London

40 experts spoke.


Speed of change matters to anyone building software. Many engineering teams have identified Microservices as an important component of this architectural approach to designing more flexible systems that can meet the needs of their fast changing businesses. Applying this approach however, is hard. And ideas and practices are still very much evolving. To help with that, we've launched muCon - a conference to learn about emerging technologies and approaches, share challenges and evolve practices and ideas.

Join us at muCon London in November 6th and 7th 2017!

Join muCon London 2017, the go-to conference to discover and learn all the latest developments in the microservices world.

muCon is crafted for and by the community and 2017 will be no exception! We are looking to gather your ideas on what this year's #mucon should look like. Which topics or themes would you like to featured? Which experts would you like to learn from? Which skills would you like to learn or share? Our first program committee meeting will be in April 2017 and your input will help us design our Call For Papers. Help us create the best conference yet, get involved and submit Your Thoughts here.

Check out muCon 2016's Highlights and Conversations with speakers here!

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Thank you for joining us at the third sold-out edition of muCon London in 2016

Thanks to everyone's thoughts, input and talk proposals, we've been able to curate a fantastic programme.

muCon London 2016 Highlights

  • Keynotes from Sam Newman, Adrian Colyer, Russ Miles and Anne Currie

  • Talks from Brendan McAdams, David Dawson, Josh Long, Greg Young, Daniel Bryant, Michael Kuehne, and Russel Winder

  • Topics explored are serverless architecture, protocols, data science and deep learning, kafka, microservices integration, TDD and API, security, AWS, Zipnik, Spring, Lagom... and many more!

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Day 1: Day 1

The programme is being announced and updated constantly - Keep an eye on these pages to keep up to date!

Track Ctrl Cmd

Registration & Breakfast


Welcome to muCon 2016


Keynote: Security and Microservices

Sam Newman

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Coffee & Tea Break


Staging reactive data pipelines using Kafka as the backbone

Jaakko Pallari

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Cloud Native Java

Josh Long

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Coffee & Tea Break


Resource Oriented Microservices

Peter Rodgers

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The Long Sad History of MicroServices

Greg Young

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Coffee & Tea Break


Distributed tracing with Zipkin and Spring

Dave Syer

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Microservices with AWS

Josh Dvir

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Keynote: On the criteria to be used in decomposing systems into microservices

Adrian Colyer

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Coffee & Tea Break


Zero-risk Microservices

Richard Rodger

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How to Turn $2000 in Duplo® into $20M in Value Through Visible Architecture

Luke Hohmann

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Coffee & Tea Break


The Seven (More) Deadly Sins of Microservices

Daniel Bryant

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Moving BBC iPlayer to a Micro Services Architecture

Stephen Godwin

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Beer Break


Keynote: Making Sense of Microservices: Maximizing Development Productivity and Minimizing Mistakes

Sylvain Hellegouarch and Russ Miles

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Pizza & Drinks


End of Day 1

Day 2: Day 2

The programme is being announced and updated constantly - Keep an eye on these pages to keep up to date!

Track Ctrl Cmd

Registration & Breakfast


Welcome to muCon 2016


Keynote: You've Got to be Willing to Take the Hits - The Future of Robustness for Microservice Deployments?

Anne Currie

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Coffee & Tea Break


TDD for APIs in a Microservice World

Michael Kuehne

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Latency sensitive microservices

Peter Lawrey

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Coffee & Tea Break


Consumer-Driven Contracts: avoid microservices integration hell!

Pierre Vincent

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Microservices for Data Science and Deep Learning

John Bradshaw and Andrew Jefferson

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Tea & Coffee Break


A Comparison of Authentication Options within Microservice Systems

David Borsos

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Let's deploy on fridays

Damien Mathieu

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Lightning Talks 2

David Morgantini, Michael Brunton-Spall, Svetlana Galkina, and Andy Czerwinski

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Lightning Talks 1

Dave Gurnell, Daniel Gomez Blanco, Simon Hildrew, and Robert Shield

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Coffee & Tea Break


A Service Discovery Primer

Alex Ramírez

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Building Microservices Protocols and Autonomous Systems using Muon

David Dawson

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Coffee & Tea Break


Scaling State

Matteo Collina

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Lightbend Lagom: Microservices Done ‘Just Right'

Brendan McAdams

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Coffee & Tea Break


On The Architectures Of Microservices – the Next Layer

Russel Winder

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User and inter-service authentication at Prezi

Daniel Torok

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Coffee & Tea Break


Monitoring highly distributed systems

Erich Ess

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The Asynchronous Uncoordinated Continuous Delivery of 35+ uServices

Clayton Wells

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End of muCon 2016

Sneak Preview

A Sneak Preview of muCon London 2016

We're delighted to welcome a fantastic range of experts and sponsors to this year's conference. On these pages, you'll find a heads-up on some of the content they'll be sharing at muCon in London this year.

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Looking forward to muCon London 2016? We'd love to hear what you are most looking forward to!

Pierre Vincent tells you why you should not miss muCon London 2016!

This year will be my second time at muCon and first time as a speaker. I'm excited to share my thoughts on the reality of working with Microservices, specifically with API testing. API testing has been one of the first problems we faced in Newsweaver when transitioning from a Monolithic application. Unfortunately, testing API stability can quickly turn into an end-to-end testing nightmare: slow, brittle and painful to maintain. Consumer-driven contracts came up in our initial research and as we tried them out, it became quickly clear that they were bringing huge value in our testing pipeline.

My talk should be very accessible, anybody with basic knowledge of RESTful APIs will be able to follow and hopefully I will be able to convince you that Consumer-driven contracts are the way to go to speed up your build/test/deployment pipelines!

Last year's conference was great, both for learning new ideas and for getting validation that we were moving in the right direction in our development. This year's line-up is even more impressive and it's going to be tricky to choose between the two tracks at times - I'm especially looking forward to hear from Sam Newman, who has been pretty instrumental (through his book and his talks) to the way we have worked in the last couple of years!

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Find out why Damien Mathieu cannot wait to share his thoughts with you at muCon 2016!

I am very excited to join muCon 2016, where I will be sharing my thoughts on shipping reliable software, being confident that a deployment will not break anything and more importantly, that if it does break, you can fix it in a matter of seconds.

For me, the best part of the microservices community at muCon is sharing with others and learning from them. It's awesome to share with other developers on what we do and how we do it, so all of us can do better.

At muCon 2016, I most look forward to learning about microservices obviously. More specifically, how people are building them, and deciding when to split a codebase into two.

My talk with be enjoyed by anyone who's ever felt uncomfortable deploying a change. Let's get rid of that and always be confident we can ship.

I look forward to meeting all of you in November. It's going to be an amazing conference!

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muCon veteran Matteo Collina is back this year - here's why muCon is still a relevant and exciting conference for him

I am excited to joining muCon London where I will be sharing my thoughts on Scaling State. Microservices allows us to develop systems based on small, heterogeneous components. Microservice systems are stateless components which we can start and destroy at will. How to build (pseudo) real-time systems? How can we can deliver real-time changes to our data? How can we interconnect two clients via a duplex connection? In my “Scaling State” talk, we will walk through a well known technique to arrange live and dynamic data: the consistent hashring. We will walk through Upring https://github.com/mcollina/upring, a framework to build applications on top of the hashring.

The best thing about being part of the microservices community at muCon is the diversity of the approaches being presented. The microservices field is still extremely young, and there are multiple and different ways in which we could implement this new architectural pattern.

At muCon 2016, I most look forward to learning about the novelty from last year event. Seeing what has changed, what others have learned, and how others are solving the same problems is what thrills me the most.

My talk will be enjoyed by anyone who is interested in distributed systems, databases and whoever wants to delve a bit in new ideas. In “Scaling State” we will question the role of infrastructure in a microservices architecture. Can we build the infrastructure as microservices?

I think the most anticipated/exciting development within the microservices community over the next 12 months will be a consolidation of the methodologies and the technologies used in real projects. We will see a convergence of transport protocols, as an example. On the other end, I am very happy to read the crystal ball for you.

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Our keynote speaker Anne Currie gives us a preview of the biggest fight of 2017 in the microservices world...

This year at muCon London I’m looking forward to giving everyone a preview of the biggest fight of 2017 — Microservices vs Resource Efficiency!

I’ll be talking about the IT “comeback kid”, resource efficiency — the biggest hits it has taken (developer productivity, the Cloud) and the comebacks it has made using Moore’s Law and virtualisation.

But resource efficiency is finally facing possibly its greatest ever challenger — Microservice architectures. All our futures depend on a solid fightback. The Data Centre industry already uses around 2% of the world’s energy. If we keep scaling up as we are but we maintain our current levels of DC efficiency the global ecology is doomed.

Who can save us? How can we get resource efficiency back on track in a Microserviced world?

Find out at muCon! Jump to the Programme Page!

Daniel Torok will share the challenges faced with his team at Prezi... we're looking forward to this one!

I'm really excited to joining muCon this year. This is my first time at this conference, but attended several Skills Matter events already and they always have great quality. I'm really looking forward to this one too.

Working with microservices means bumping into problems every day, problems without an obvious solution. Given the popularity of this architecture a lot of documents can be found about various topics, there is a great amount of knowledge provided by different people having the same problems. The difficulty, however, is that the problems just look the same, in reality they are just very similar, but all different in some aspects. Figuring out whether something will work for us needs deep understanding of our and others' original issues and shaping their solutions to our environment. Furthermore, there are also topics not too many companies talk about.

My presentation will cover a topic like that, how and why to think about proper inter-service authorization, and how we started to introduce it in very small steps.

My talk will be aimed at anyone who's interested in understanding the differences between the authentication methods, has security in their mindset, or likes to see how a company with 100+ engineers introduces changes affecting their whole backend infrastructure.

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Our programme committee member & muCon speaker Simon Hildrew explains why muCon is the place to learn and share skills on all things microservices!

I'm really excited to be involved in muCon 2016 both as a speaker and also as a member of the programme committee. It was incredibly difficult to sort through all of the amazing talks that were submitted, but the resulting line-up is looking rather excellent and I'm looking forward to seeing it all come together on the 7th and 8th.

My talk is going to cover one of my experiments with serverless and should be of interest to anyone who wants to know a little more about suitable and unsuitable use cases of AWS lambda. I can see serverless continuing to be a hot topic over the next 12 months as a way of significantly reducing the infrastructure overhead of working with dozens or hundreds of microservices.

Whilst the topics I'm most interested to hear about are service discovery and monitoring of distributed apps; I'm most looking forward to meeting everyone and hearing stories from other organisations.

Finally, the kid in me is looking forward to being given permission to play with Lego for work (or at least that's my hope from David Pollak and Luke Hohmann's talk - is there a workshop?!?).

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Lego? Who does not love them? David Pollak and Luke Hoomann anticipate on what promises to be a very interesting talk!

As the development community rushes towards microservices as a better way to build scalable IT systems, I'm finding that the teams are struggling to communicate how they get from where they "are" to where they want "to be". This problem is only made worse when architects and developers use arcane notations that no one really understands as weapons.

I am excited to join muCon London where I will be presenting a disarmingly simple and yet cunningly effective way to cut through the crap that is associated with all too many architectural discussions: Visible Architectures. Using Duplo models and equipping technical leaders with the skills and frameworks needed to communicate needed architectural changes and build towards scalable microservices.

Our talk will be focused on building strong coalitions within technical teams and their business counterparts. Of course, there is more to movement to microservices than just mapping out what you have and what you want. Accordingly, while I am at muCon I hope to learn as much as I can about how others in the community are tackling rearchitecture challenges.

Our talk will include an extensive discussion on how to engage remote and distributed teams in the conversations. We'll the use of online frameworks in preparing for a modeling workshop, online frameworks during a modeling workshop and the ongoing use of frameworks to maintain alignment within distributed teams. It will be a grand and surprisingly fun adventure.

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muCon veteran Daniel Bryant explains why muCon is the go-to microservices conference in London... and not only!

This will be my third time attending muCon, and I'm once again very much looking forward to chatting to the London microservices audience. This time I'm presenting "The Seven (More) Deadly Sins of Microservices", and we'll look at some of the nastiest microservice antipatterns (updated for 2016) that I've seen in my daily work as a consultant at OpenCredo.

When a microservice architecture is implemented correctly, the most important benefit is agility — in particular, the ability to rapidly change a system without unintended consequences. This is primarily about implementing 'business agility', and means that as customer requirements (or the market) changes, the software delivery team can quickly react and adapt the software to meet these new requirements, and do so without worrying that a small change will create unforeseen issues (or require large amounts of testing to prevent regression).

It's worth mentioning that this agility doesn't come easily, and it is all to easy to make mistakes from the perspective of the organisation, software architecture, and operations. My talk will aim to shed some light on the hardest challenges I've seen, and also give the audience some tools (both cognitive and technical) to help overcome them.

The program looks awesome this year, and I'm looking forward to catching up with Sam Newman, Josh Long, Richard Rodger, Anne Currie, Peter Lawrey, David Dawson and more (there are too many interesting speakers to mention!) And it goes without saying that I'm also looking forward to meet many new peers from the audience. The technical knowledge and experience of the muCon audience means that I often learn the most from these conversations!

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