Leveraging Microservice Architectures & Event-Driven Systems for Global APIs

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Speaker: Ben Stopford, Technologist, Office of the CTO, Confluent

Are events the new API? Event driven systems provide some unique properties, particularly for microservice architectures, as they can be used both for notification as well as for state transfer. This lets systems run in a broad range of use cases that cross geographies, clouds and devices.

In this talk we will look at what event driven systems are; how they provide a unique contract for services to communicate and share data and how stream processing tools can be used to simplify the interaction between different services, be them closely coupled or largely disconnected.

Ben is a technologist working in the Office of the CTO at Confluent Inc (the company behind Apache Kafka®). He’s worked on a wide range of projects, from implementing the latest version of Kafka’s replication protocol through to developing strategies for streaming applications. Before Confluent Ben led the design and build of a company-wide data platform for a large investment bank. His earlier career spanned a variety of projects at Thoughtworks and UK-based enterprise companies. He is the author of the book “Designing Event Driven Systems,” O’Reilly, 2018.