Great Lakes Software Symposium

November 2 - 4, 2018

Microservices Migration Patterns

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

Mark Richards

Mark Richards

Independent Software Architect, Author of Software Architecture Fundamentals

The path to migrating to Microservices from a monolithic or service-oriented architecture (or even starting a greenfield application) is riddled with challenges, pitfalls, canyons, demons, and even fire-breathing dragons. I like to call it “The Kings Road”. In this session I will show the migration patterns that allow you to easily fly over this challenging road and ease the pain associated with moving to microservices. I will also show you some automation tools you can use to help analyze your applications to determine how challenging this road will be.


  • Identifying logical components
  • Flattening and refactoring components
  • Determining and managing component dependencies
  • Creating logical domains
  • Separating the user interface
  • Moving to macro services
  • Splitting apart the user interface
  • Moving to microservices
  • Tooling and automation

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.