Comparing Service Based Architectures

Track: Architecture
Skill Level: Intermediate
Room: Room A412
Time Slot: Tue 2/16, 10:30 AM
Tags: architecture , microservices , soa

Microservice architectures are quite popular, described as “SOA done correctly”. But what are the real differences between Service Oriented, Service Based, and *Micro*service architectural styles? And what about middle ground between the shared everything of SOA versus shared nothing of microservices? This talk explores the similarities and differences between various service-oriented architectural styles. I describe the characteristics of SOA, microservices, and hybrid service-based architectures, along with decision criteria to choose between them. I also discuss specific engineering practices, orchestration styles, reuse strategies, and migrating between architectural styles (e.g., from monolithic applications to service-based or microservice). No one architecture can solve every problem, and many projects take on more complexity than necessary by choosing the wrong paradigm. This talk equips attendees with the knowledge and context to choose the architecture that best fits their needs.

Neal Ford

Neal is Director, Software Architect, and Meme Wrangler
at ThoughtWorks, a software company and a community of
passionate, purpose-led individuals, who thinks disruptively to
deliver technology to address the toughest challenges, all while
seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social
change. He is an internationally recognized expert on software
development and delivery, especially in the intersection of agile
engineering techniques and software architecture. Neal has authored
magazine articles, seven books (and counting), dozens of video
presentations, and spoken at hundreds of developers conferences
worldwide. His topics include software architecture, continuous
delivery, functional programming, cutting edge software innovations, and includes a business-focused book and video on improving technical presentations. Check out his web site at