Northern Virginia Software Symposium

April 12 - 13, 2019

Restructuring & Migrating Architectures

Saturday - Apr 13 2:45 PM - MEETING ROOM 9/10

Neal Ford

Neal Ford

Director / Software Architect / Meme Wrangler

Patterns/antipatterns, techniques, engineering practices, and other details showing how to restructure existing architectures and migrate from one architecture style to another.

A common challenge facing many architects today involves restructuring their current architecture or migrating from one architectural style to another. For example, many companies start with monolithic applications for simplicity, but find they must migrate it to another architecture to achieve different architectural characteristics. This session shows patterns/antipatterns, techniques, engineering practices, and other details showing how to make major changes to architectures. This session introduces a new measure, the architectural quantum, as a way of measuring and analyzing coupling and portability within architectures.

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About Neal Ford

Neal is Director, Software Architect, and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery.
Before joining ThoughtWorks, Neal was the Chief Technology Officer at The DSW Group, Ltd., a nationally recognized training and development firm. Neal has a degree in Computer Science from Georgia State University specializing in languages and compilers and a minor in mathematics specializing in statistical analysis.
He is also the designer and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, video presentations, and author of 6 books, including the most recent The Productive Programmer. His language proficiencies include Java, C#/.NET, Ruby, Groovy, functional languages, Scheme, Object Pascal, C++, and C. His primary consulting focus is the design and construction of large-scale enterprise applications. Neal has taught on-site classes nationally and internationally to all phases of the military and to many Fortune 500 companies. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, having spoken at over 100 developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 600 talks. If you have an insatiable curiosity about Neal, visit his web site at He welcomes feedback and can be reached at