New England Software Symposium

March 15 - 17, 2019

The Rise and Fall of Microservices

Friday - Mar 15 5:00 PM - COLONIAL

Mark Richards

Mark Richards

Independent Software Architect, Author of Software Architecture Fundamentals

In 250BC Rome began its expansion into Carthage, and later into the divided kingdoms of Alexander, starting the rise of a great empire until its decline starting around 350AD. Much can be learned from the rise and fall of the Roman Empire as it relates to a similar rise and fall: Microservices. Wait. Did I say “fall of microservices”? Over the past 5+ years Microservices has been on the forefront of most books, articles, and company initiatives. While some companies been experiencing success with microservices, most companies have been experiencing pain, cost overruns, and failed initiatives trying to design and implement this incredibly complex architecture style. In this session I discuss and demonstrate why microservices is so vitally important to businesses, and also why companies are starting to question whether microservices is the right solution. Sir Issac Newton once quoted “What goes up must come down”; Blood, Sweat & Tears sang about this in their hit “Spinning Wheel”. Microservices is no exception. Come to this provocative session to learn about the real challenges and issues associated with microservices, how we might be able to overcome some of the technical (and business) challenges, and whether microservices is really the answer to our problems.


About Mark Richards

Mark Richards is an experienced, hands-on software architect involved in the architecture, design, and implementation of microservices architectures, service-oriented architectures, and distributed systems. He has been in the software industry since 1983 and has significant experience and expertise in application, integration, and enterprise architecture. Mark is the founder of, a website devoted to helping developers in the journey to software architect. He is the author of numerous technical books and videos, including several books on Microservices (O'Reilly), the Software Architecture Fundamentals video series (O’Reilly), Enterprise Messaging video series (O’Reilly), Java Message Service, 2nd Edition (O’Reilly), and a contributing author to 97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know (O’Reilly). Mark has a master’s degree in computer science and numerous architect and developer certifications from IBM, Sun, The Open Group, and Oracle. He is a regular conference speaker at the No Fluff Just Stuff (NFJS) Symposium Series and has spoken at hundreds of conferences and user groups around the world on a variety of enterprise-related technical topics.