New England Software Symposium

March 15 - 17, 2019

Event Sourcing and CQRS with Apache Kafka and Friends


Matt Stine

Matt Stine

Global CTO - Software Architecture at Pivotal

As enterprises are attempting to develop more advanced microservices architectures, synchronous request/reply-centric operations are presenting multiple complex data challenges:

  • How do we achieve transactional behavior without the complexity of two-phase commit?
  • How do we reference common entities from multiple services without overwhelming the hosting services?
  • How do we answer questions spanning multiple services without the convenience of SQL JOINs?

Event Sourcing and Command-Query Responsibility Separation (CQRS) are an effective pair of data and collaboration patterns that can help us address these challenges.

One of the key tasks involved in designing an Event Sourcing and CQRS solution is the choice of write and read models. The ideal write model supports long-term retention of an immutable, append-only log of events, organized by topics to which clients can subscribe. The ideal read model is…well, whatever you need it to be to support your query needs!

In this session, we’ll examine how effective Apache Kafka can be at supplying both write and read models, as well as look at other options for read models in the open source ecosystem.

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About Matt Stine

Matt Stine is an 18 year veteran of the enterprise IT industry, with nine of those years spent as a consulting solutions architect for multiple Fortune 500 companies, as well as the not-for-profit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He is the author of Migrating to Cloud-Native Application Architectures from O'Reilly, and the host of the Software Architecture Radio podcast.

Matt is obsessed with the idea that enterprise IT “doesn’t have to suck,” and spends much of his time thinking about lean/agile software development methodologies, DevOps, architectural principles/patterns/practices, and programming paradigms, in an attempt to find the perfect storm of techniques that will allow corporate IT departments to not only function like startup companies but also create software that delights users while maintaining a high degree of conceptual integrity. He is currently the Global CTO of Architecture at Pivotal, and spends much of his time advising IT leadership on the effective adoption of cloud-native architectures.

Matt has spoken at conferences ranging from JavaOne to OSCON to YOW! and is a nine-year member of the No Fluff Just Stuff tour. Matt is also the founder and past president of the Memphis Java User Group.