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Dear Architect,

Welcome back to our weekly issue!

This is a very special issue, the newsletter is ONE YEAR OLD 🎉!

52 issues with 5 articles per week are 260 pills of knowledge shared to all of you in a year. I really hope you are enjoying the format and quality of the content so far.

For this special week, we start with a brilliant article from Zio Brando on the link between team organization and technical implementation. It's great how concepts like team topologies and context mapping are pulled together in this article.

My colleague Gregor Hohpe, wrote about the role played by an architect and where the architecture design may seat inside teams.

Big reveal this week, with this early release of Software Architecture: the hard parts. Now, I'm a huge fan of the authors and I'm sure this will be my favourite book to read for the Xmas holiday. Distributed systems are difficult but they have really a ton of experience to share with us. For me, it's already a must-read book for 2022.

We continue with a case study from Shopify, dealing with high traffic is always a challenge, but sometimes eventual consistency comes into place for helping us to solve these problems.

Finally, I want to leave you with this special episode of CloudCast. During this episode, we take a step back to understand the role of the cloud and how it's evolving in the next decade. I really liked spending a bit of time after listening to this episode trying to see the cloud evolution with different eyes.

Enjoy the read and see you next week!

In the SPOTLIGHT

Team Topologies

About Team Topologies and Context Mapping

Most organization grow organically, growing in size under the pressure of a growing backlog. Teams growing in size will have to be split and competences will become more narrowed and specialized. However, the criteria diving the splitting have been debated endlessly and whichever is the adopted decision the outcome is never perfect, leaving the decision-makers with a feeling of maybe the other approach could have been better...

Software Architecture

Would you like architects with your architecture?

There has been a lot of talk recently about whether organizations need architects. On one hand you have organizations that did away with architects altogether (at least per title) whereas others heavily rely on architects as change agents and are bolstering their architecture teams.

Book

Software Architecture: The Hard Parts

There are no easy decisions in software architecture. Instead, there are many hard parts: difficult problems or issues with no best practices that force you to choose among various compromises to succeed. With this book, you'll learn how to think critically about the trade-offs involved with distributed architectures.

Case Study

High Availability by Offloading Work Into the Background

Over Black Friday Cyber Monday (BFCM) 2021, Shopify merchants made sales of over 5 Billion USD, with peak sales of over 100 Million USD per hour. On such a massive scale, high availability and short response times are crucial. But even for smaller applications, availability and response times are important for a great user experience.

Cloud

The End of the Cloud Honeymoon

Cloud Computing has been around for more than a decade. It has generated tremendous growth and reshaped the tech industry. But is the “Cloud Honeymoon“ about to be over? 

Thanks for reading Dear Architects 🙏

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Have a great rest of the week 😉

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