Finding the Serverless Sweetspot

Location: Broadway Ballroom South Center, 6th fl.

Day of week: Friday

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
Senior Developer @SpaceApeGames

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

by Erica Windisch
CTO @@IOpipes

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.

11:50am - 12:40pm

by Tyler Love
CTO @ Bustle

Presentation details to follow soon.

1:40pm - 2:30pm

by Joe Emison
CTO @Branch

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...

2:55pm - 3:45pm

by Donna Malayeri
Product Manager @PulumiCorp

Presentation details will follow soon.

4:10pm - 5:00pm

Each talk at QCon is hand-picked by our track hosts. We are currently discussing potential speakers for this track.