Eric D. Schabell: Reality Bites: 3 misconceptions that can lead to microservice mayhem (slides)

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Reality Bites: 3 misconceptions that can lead to microservice mayhem (slides)

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Today we held an internal, yep, an internal only mini Red Hat Summit.

This is a chance for talks to be presented select content to an internal worldwide audience at Red Hat, but that does not mean that all the content is confidential. That means I would be remiss if I didn't share my session content.

In 2019, together with Roel Hodzelmans, we presented a Red Hat Summit birds of a feather session called 3 pitfalls everyone should avoid with microservices. This was the foundational start to our journey along the lines of sharing what is concerning to many of our customers.

We explored some of the feedback from our session and continuing interactions with customers in the five part series 5 questions everyone is asking about microservices. Furthermore, some of the material led to the creation of two architectural blueprints around agile integration use cases:
See below how this led to our reality bites session based on our article on and access both the slides and a video recording.

First, the abstract and slides from my session:

Reality Bites: 3 misconceptions that can lead to microservice mayhem

Microservices are core to organizations’ flexibility and agility in the digital world. But that doesn’t mean that microservices are right for every use case or even for every organization—at least, not right now. There is no doubt that microservices are becoming the mainstream. Within the next two years, 90% of all new apps will feature microservices architecture, according to “IDC FutureScape: Worldwide IT Industry 2019 Predictions.” Indeed, as organizations witness (and drive) more and more microservices success stories, they may feel compelled to join the race and accelerate their current microservices initiatives. Whether that is a good move or not depends not just on the readiness of the organization, but also on its willingness and ability to acknowledge some hard truths about the microservices model and culture. Let me take you on a tour of the reality behind three microservices misconceptions—and share real world implementation insights as to why that reality can sometimes bite. 

Second, the video recording of the session:

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