Great Lakes Software Symposium

November 2 - 4, 2018

Microservices Architecture Fundamentals (UberConf)

Friday - Nov 2 1:15 PM - BALLROOM 3-5

Mark Richards

Mark Richards

Independent Software Architect, Author of Software Architecture Fundamentals

Microservices continues to be the latest buzzword in the industry, and probably will be for some time. If you are not sure what microservices is or want to start getting your feet wet in understanding the basics of this architecture style, then this session is just right for you. In this session I will cover the basics of the microservices architecture pattern. We'll talk about distributed architecture, what a microservice is, what the bounded context means, how to determine the right level of service granularity, the dangers of inter-service communication, and the role of the API layer. By the end of this session you will have a good idea of what the microservices architecture style is all about and whether it is a good fit for you.


  • Why Microservices?
  • Microservices Topology
  • Service Granularity
  • Service Classification
  • Bounded Context and Share-Nothing Architecture
  • The Role of the API Layer

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.