J-Spring Digital: Grace Jansen & Kate Stanley – Reacting to an event driven world

The first session of the fully online event J-Spring Digital.

Abstract: We now live in a world with data at its heart. The amount of data being produced every day is growing exponentially and a large amount of this data is in the form of events. Whether it be updates from sensors, clicks on a website or even tweets, applications are bombarded with a never-ending stream of new events. So, how can we architect our applications to be more reactive and resilient to these fluctuating loads and better manage our thirst for data? In this session explore how Kafka and Reactive application architecture can be combined in applications to better handle our modern data needs.

Bio Grace: Grace is a developer advocate at IBM, working with Open Liberty and Reactive Platform. She has been with IBM since graduating from Exeter University with a Degree in Biology. Grace enjoys bringing a varied perspective to her projects and using her knowledge of biological systems to simplify complex software patterns and architectures. As a developer advocate, Grace builds POC’s, demos and sample applications, and writes guides and tutorials. She is a regular presenter at international technology conferences and has recently authored a book on reactive systems. Grace also has a keen passion for encouraging more women into STEM and especially Technology careers.

Bio Kate: Kate Stanley is a Software Engineer in the IBM Event Streams team based in the UK. Through her work on IBM Event Streams, she has gained experience running Apache Kafka on Kubernetes and running enterprise Kafka applications. In her previous role she specialised in cloud-native Java applications and microservices architectures. Kate has co-authored an IBM Redbook on Java microservices and has contributed to the open-source microservice project Game On and the open-source Kafka operator Strimzi. She enjoys sharing her experiences and has presented at conferences around the world, including the Kafka Summits in San Francisco, New York and London, JavaLand in Germany and JFokus in Sweden.

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