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Track: Finding the Serverless Sweetspot

Location: Broadway Ballroom South, 6th fl.

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The adoption and appetite for Serverless technologies is growing at a tremendous rate, but the practices and tooling in this space are clearly still catching up. As you take your first step towards adopting Serverless, you can avoid making costly mistakes by learning from the pioneering efforts of others.   In this track we’ll hear stories from real-world experts about their successes and failures when adopting serverless, and the current leading practices and common pitfalls to avoid. Attendees will leave with a much better understanding of what using serverless is really like and where it best fits in their architecture.

Track Host: Yan Cui

Principal Engineer DAZN

Yan is an experienced engineer who has worked with AWS for near 10 years. He has been an architect and lead developer with a variety of industries ranging from investment banks, e-commence to mobile gaming. In the last 2 years he has worked extensively with serverless technologies in production, and he has been very active in sharing his experiences and the lessons he has learnt, some of his work has even made their way into the Well-Architected whitepaper published by AWS.  Yan is polyglot in both spoken and programming languages, he is fluent in both English and Mandarin, and counts C#, F#, Scala, Node.js and Erlang amongst programming languages that he has worked with professionally. Although he enjoys learning different programming languages and paradigms, he still holds F# as his undisputed favourite.  Yan is a regular speaker at user groups and conferences internationally, and he is also the author of AWS Lambda in Motion and a co-author of F# Deep Dives. In his spare time he keeps an active blog at where he shares his thoughts on topics such as AWS, serverless, functional programming and chaos engineering.

10:35am - 11:25am

Observability to Better Serverless Apps

Development teams use various formal solutions such as Lean and Agile to learn from users and apply these to building better software. We'll dive into how serverless development with observability tooling can help bridge the gap between operations and business intelligence to learn better and iterate faster.

Erica Windisch, CTO @IOpipes, former Maintainer Docker & OpenStack

11:50am - 12:40pm

Seamlessly Migrating To Serverless with 80-Million Users

A deep dive into how serverless won over traditional approaches to web stacks. How it impacted DevOps, costs, and what we look forward to in the future.

Tyler Love, CTO @bustle

1:40pm - 2:30pm

Serverless Patterns and Anti-Patterns

Serverless has amazing potential to increase organizational agility and decrease operational costs, but realizing those benefits requires proper implementation. In this talk, we will cover the ideal patterns for serverless applications, anti-patterns for both greenfield applications and migrations, and real-world unexpected consequences of running serverless applications in production. Presented by Joe Emison, who has architected and deployed multiple serverless applications serving millions of users on both the Google and AWS clouds.

Joe Emison, CTO @Branch

2:55pm - 3:45pm

Serverless + Containers = Modern Cloud Applications

Not all compute in modern cloud applications is serverless, nor should it be. Most modern applications use a mix of serverless functions and containers for their compute needs. And, with new container offerings like AWS Fargate and Azure Container Instances, the boundary between containers and serverless has become more blurry.

We’ll talk about how we’ve helped our customers transition from a traditional architecture to one that uses serverless and containers. They can now ship solutions more quickly, as their deployment and ops practices are far simpler. Engineering teams are also more empowered to take advantage of services offered by the cloud vendor, as they share DevOps responsibilities among the entire team.

In this talk, you’ll learn why it’s not serverless OR containers, it’s serverless AND containers.

Donna Malayeri, Product Manager @PulumiCorp

4:10pm - 5:00pm

Serving Millions of Customers Serverless at CapitalOne

Serverless technologies are playing an increasingly significant role in modernization efforts at Capital One. In this talk we will share how Capital One migrated customer accounts and transactions to a completely serverless architecture and built a scalable, resilient, and fast Transactions and Accounts platform by leveraging DynamoDB, step-functions, Lambda, and other services within the serverless ecosystem. At Capital One, we also had the opportunity to completely redesign the engine that generates customers' banking statements as part of the bank's modernization journey. In this portion of the talk, we'll share our goals and lessons learned as we built an entirely new solution, which handles everything from the loading of data into Amazon RDS to customer-driven synchronous API calls, using serverless technologies like AWS Lambda and Step Functions. The talk will also cover some of the challenges we faced, lessons learned and some best practices.

Srini Uppalapati, Vice President, Consumer Bank Engineering @CapitalOne
Kiran Satelli , Senior Manager @CapitalOne


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