Edwin Derks

Edwin is currently employed as Software Architect at Ordina JTech in the Netherlands. He has a passion for cloud driven development and serverless architecture. His career started in 2007 as a Java developer after graduating at Fontys Hogescholen in Eindhoven, also in the Netherlands. Aside from realising projects, he is often busy sharing knowledge at schools, meetups and conferences.

Thinking twice about migrating to Serverless

Day 2 - 28th Nov 17:20-18:10 Hall 3.2 #J2D Novice Advanced

Cloud environments provide everything you need to develop a conventional application as a Service, completely obscuring the underlying infrastructure. This style of software development is called ’Serverless’ development.

This could be the holy grail that saves development teams from maintenance and platform/server dependence. Many development teams are in the process of maintaining a monolithic application and are planning to migrate this application to a Serverless solution for this particular reason. But is this a valid reason in the context of the monolith?

In this talk we will go through a brief history of how we got here, and look at the steps that need to be taken when you are considering such a migration. I will provide the insights from my own experience so far. Building a Serverless solution is completely different from conventional application development, which raises a ton of questions about whether this is a suitable replacement for the monolith. Development teams need to be aware of both the technical and cultural impact on their team and even the company itself before initiating the migration.