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The more than 100 keynotes, talks, and seminars that I have given at conferences, universities, user groups, or to corporate audiences draw from my experience in the following areas:

The lively and interactive style assures that talks are consistently highly rated for making complex topics accessible without sacrificing technical accuracy. All talks and workshops can be delivered in English or German, also on site. If you are interested in having me speak at your event or company, feel free to contact me.

I like to travel and have spoken in: Aarhus, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Baltimore, Banff, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Bonn, Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Colombo, Dallas, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Montreal, Munich, Nice, Orlando, Oslo, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Vienna. Stay up-to-date via my feed. If you'd like to have a workshop conducted on your premises, please Contact me.

Multi-day Workshops

Enterprise Integration Patterns (2 days), Contact me for dates

Designing loosely coupled systems with asynchronous messaging and conversations

Interesting applications rarely live in isolation, but are integrated into an ecosystem of internal applications, external interfaces and cloud services. Asynchronous messaging offers distinct advantages for system integration, such as loose coupling, but designing such systems is not trivial. This seminar aids architects and developers in the design of distributed and integrated systems with a design vocabulary of almost 100 design patterns, including patterns for asynchronous messaging (channels, messages, routing, transformation, endpoints, systems management) and patterns for stateful conversations (discovery, initiation, intermediaries, resource management, reaching agreement).

Architecting Enterprise Transformation (2 days)

IT architects as catalyst for digital transformation.

Many large enterprises are under pressure to transform their IT architecture and organization, as their business is attacked by "digital disruptors". IT architects can play a key role in such a transformation because they combine the technical, communication, and organizational skill to apply IT for the benefit of the business. This highly interactive workshop teaches architects how to transcend organizational levels to better link business strategy, IT strategy, and implementation.

Contact me for dates and locations or see the detailed workshop description.

Upcoming Talks & Tutorials

YOW!, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Nov 30 - Dec 8, 2017

Full Day Workshop: Architecting Enterprise Transformation
CTO Summit: Life of a Chief Architect
Enterprise Architecture = Architecting the Enterprise?

A three-city circuit through Australia.

Past Talks & Events

DevOpsCon, Munich, Nov 20-23, 2017

Adopting DevOps? You are aiming at the wrong target!

Goto Berlin, Berlin, Nov 15-17, 2017

Enterprise Architecture = Architecting the Enterprise?
Adopting Devops - You are aiming at the wrong target!
Full Day Workshop: Architecting Enterprise Transformation

The highly interactive full-day workshop shows architects how to ride the "architect elevator" to the upper floors where they can align IT with business strategy. This is the first time this workshop is held in Germany in English - don't miss it!

YOW! Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Sep 7-8, 2017

Enterprise Integration Patterns 2: The Making of a Pattern Language

YOW! Singapore, Singapore, Sep 11-12, 2017

Enterprise Integration Patterns 2: The Making of a Pattern Language
Full Day Workshop: Architecting Enterprise Transformation (Sept 13)

This highly interactive full-day workshop teaches architects how to ride the "architect elevator" to the upper floors to align IT with business strategy and to instill lasting change into their organization. First time in Singapore!

IT-Architekten: Angelpunkt der Digitalen Transformation im Unternehmen, Bern, CH, Aug 25, 2017

Zum ersten mal live in der Schweiz mit einem Praxis-Training zum Schnittpunkt zwischen IT Architektur und Transformation. Super Angebot fuer CHF 200!

IT-Architekten: Angelpunkt der Digitalen Transformation im Unternehmen, Cologne, June 20-21, 2017

2-day Workshop in German

IT-Architekten spielen eine Schlüsselrolle bei der digitalen Transformation traditioneller Unternehmen, weil sie wissen, wie man Cloud Computing, Big Data, Mobile Apps, IoT, Microservices & Co gewinnbringend im Unternehmen einsetzt. Dazu bedarf es der Fähigkeit, sich auf allen Ebenen der Organisation zu bewegen, um die Firmenstrategie zu verstehen, zu beeinflussen, und durch Softwareentwicklung und IT-Infrastruktur voranzutreiben.

Software Architecture Summit, Munich, March 15, 2017

Keynote: Denken wie ein(e) Architekt(in)

OOP, Munich, Jan 30- Feb 3, 2017

Architekturentscheidungen: Den Wald vor lauter Bäumen sehen
Architektur einer IT-Transformation

YOW!, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Dec 1-9, 2016

If you are synchronous you are not resilient
Full Day Workshop: Architecting IT Transformation

My full-day workshop is loosely based on my new book "37 Things One Architect Knows" to teach architects how to ride the elevator higher up towards the company leadership to provide more value with IT and to instill lasting change into the organization.

IT-Architekten: Angelpunkt der Digitalen Transformation im Unternehmen, Hamburg, Oct 19-20, 2016

2-day Seminar in German

IT-Architekten spielen eine Schlüsselrolle bei der digitalen Transformation traditioneller Unternehmen, weil sie wissen, wie man Cloud Computing, Big Data, Mobile Apps, IoT, Microservices & Co gewinnbringend im Unternehmen einsetzt. Dazu bedarf es der Fähigkeit, sich auf allen Ebenen der Organisation zu bewegen, um die Firmenstrategie zu verstehen, zu beeinflussen, und durch Softwareentwicklung und IT-Infrastruktur voranzutreiben.

Software Architecture Summit, Berlin, Sept 26, 2016

Architektur einer IT Transformation: 37 Dinge, die ein Chefarchitekt wissen muss
Keynote: Denken wie ein(e) Architekt(in)

GOTO Chicago, Chicago. IL, May 23-26, 2016

If you are synchronous, you are not resilient
Workshop: Architecting Enterprise Transformation

I will hold a full-day workshop based on by book-in-progress "37 Things One Architect Knows".

IT-Architekten: Angelpunkt der Digitalen Transformation im Unternehmen, Munich, April 25-26, 2016

2-day Seminar in German

Software Architect Summit, Munich, March 16-18, 2016

Keynote: Enterprise Architekten - Raus aus dem Elfenbeinturm, rein in die digitale Welt
Tutorial: Enterprise Integration Patterns - Messaging und Konversationen [Download]

OOP, Munich, February 1-5, 2016

Software-Architekturen im Zeitalter der Dinge (with Frank Buschmann)
Tutorial: Enterprise Architekten - Raus aus dem Elfenbeinturm, rein in die digitale Welt

W-JAX, Munich, November 2-6, 2015

Enterprise Architekten - Raus aus dem Elfenbeinturm, rein in die digitale Welt

Software Architect Summit, Berlin, September 16-18, 2015

Keynote: Enterprise Architekten - Raus aus dem Elfenbeinturm, rein in die digitale Welt
Tutorial: Enterprise Integration Patterns - Messaging und Konversationen

SATURN 2015, Baltimore, MD, Apr 27-30, 2015

It's Good to be Architect

OOP 2015, Munich, Germany, Jan 26-30, 2015

Architekten – Halluzinationen aus dem Elfenbeinturm oder IT Heilsbringer? (with Frank Buschmann)

GOTO Berlin, Berlin, Germany, Nov 6-7, 2014

Enterprise Architect - Ivory Tower Resident or Corporate Savior?

W-Jax 2014, Munich, Germany, Nov 4-6, 2014

The Enterprise Architect - Ivory Tower Resident or Corporate Savior?

ECSA (European Conference on Software Architecture) 2014, Vienna, Austria, Aug 25-29, 2014

The Age of Architecture

TM Forum Live! 2014, Nice, France, June 2-5, 2014

Transforming Global IT Infrastructure

MobileTech Conference 2013, Munich, Germany, Mar 12-13, 2013

Near Field communication (NFC) in Japan

W-JAX 2012, Munich, Germany, Nov 5-9, 2012

Enterprise Integration Patterns: Past, Present and Future

OOP 2012, Munich, Germany, Jan 23-27, 2012

NFC - Near Field Communication in Japan [Download]
Embedded Software Development: Spottbillige Hardware + OSS = Zum Spielen zu Schade! [Download]

WSO2Con, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sep 13-15, 2011

Keynote: Enterprise Integration Patterns: Past, Present and Future

CamelOne, Arlington, VA, May 24, 2011

Keynote: Enterprise Integration Patterns: Past, Present and Future

Goto Conference, Aarhus, Denmark, Oct 4-8, 2010

Data Storage and Analysis in the Cloud [Download]
NFC - Not For Children? [Download]

My NFC talk was the 2nd highest ranked at the conference.

QCon, Tokyo, Japan, Apr 19-20, 2010

Programming the Cloud

Developer Summit, Tokyo, Japan, Feb 18-19, 2010

Distributed Programming the Google Way

OOP, Munich, Germany, Jan 25-29, 2010

Distributed Programming the Google Way
Hooking Stuff Together - Coupling, Messaging, and Conversations

Devoxx, Antwerp, Belgium, Nov 16-19, 2009

Distributed Programming the Google Way [Download]

I collected a set of design considerations for building widely distributed systems and show how they are used in some of Google's core systems, such as Bigtable, GFS, or MapReduce.

Karlsruhe Trend Kongress, Karlsruhe, Germany, Nov 20, 2009

Programming the Cloud for Mere Mortals [Download]

I was invited to give a 30 minute keynote at this event, which was organized by the CyberForum. I chose to give a high-level overview of some of the challenges inherent in programming distributed systems.

JAOO, Aarhus,Denmark, Oct 4-9, 2009

Distributed Programming the Google Way

I am again running the cloud computing track at JAOO. My talk tries to extract common design patterns or themes from a variety of Google core systems, such as GFS, Bigtable, MapReduce, Sawzall.

JavaOne 2009, San Francisco, June 2-5, 2009

Cloud Computing: Show Me the Money

QCon Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, April 9 - 10, 2009

Programming the Cloud [Download]

I was finally able to speak about Google App Engine for Java.

Developer Summit Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, Feb 12-13, 2009

Programming the Cloud

QCon San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, November 19 - 21, 2008

Track: The Cloud as the New Middleware Platform

I am track hosting the Cloud Computing track. We'll have speakers from Google, Yahoo, Salesforce, and John "ProgrammableWeb" Musser.

JAOO Denmark, Aarhus, Denmark, September 28 - October 3, 2008

GData: Google, the Cloud, and You

IDG JavaWorld Day, Shinagawa, Japan, August 20, 2008

Programming the Cloud -- the Internet as a Platform

Tokyo 2.0, SuperDeluxe, Tokyo, August 11, 2008

Programm the Cloud

JAOO Australia, Sydney & Brisbane, Australia, May 28 - June 1, 2008

GData: Google, the Cloud, and You
"Hooking Stuff Together" – Coupling, Messaging, and Conversations
Software Visualization and Model Generation (with Erik Doernenburg)

QCon, London, UK, March 10-14, 2008

Track: The Cloud as the New Middleware Platform

I'll be organizing the coud computing track for QCon. Hope to see you there!

W-Jax, Munich, Germany, November 5-9, 2007

Developing in an SOA World
Programming Without a Call Stack - Event-driven Architectures in Action [Download]

Fifth International Workshop on SOA and Web Services Best Practices (at OOPSLA), Montreal, Canada, October 21, 2007

Keynote -- SOA Patterns: New Insights or Recycled Knowledge? [Download]

Colorado Software Summit, Keystone, Colorado, October 21-26, 2007

Mashing Up with Google Mashup Editor and Yahoo! Pipes
Programming without a Call Stack – Event-driven Architectures

My first live talk about Google products. Just to maintain the balance in the universe I work with both Yahoo! Pipes and Google Mashup Editor.

ICSOC: International Conference on Service-oriented Computing, Vienna, Austria, September 17-20, 2007

Panel on SOA Governance
Panel on Service API's and Mashups
Panel on SOA Run-time

TheServerSide Java Symposium Europe, Barcelona, June 27-29, 2007

Software Visualization and Model Generation (with Erik Doernenburg)
Programming without a Call Stack - Event-driven Architectures

DEBS: Distributed Event-based Systems, Toronto, Canada, June 20-22, 2007

Architect's Dream or Developer's Nightmare

SD West, Santa Clara, CA, March 19-23, 2007

Developing in a Service-Oriented World
Software Visualization and Model Generation
Conversations between Loosely Coupled Services

OOP, Munich, Germany, Jan 22-26, 2007

Conversations between Loosely Coupled Services
Software Visualization and Model Generation (with Erik Doernenburg)

JAOO, Aarhus, Denmark, October 1-6

Conversations between loosely coupled services

I will be leading the SOA track at JAOO this year. Is there anything left to say about SOA? I think so! I am looking to compile a series of insightful talks that are based on real experiences.

SOA Days Technology Conference, Bonn, Germany, Sept 20 -21

Patterns in Service-oriented Architectures

JavaZone, Oslo, Norway, September 12-15

Software Visualization and Model Generation (with Erik Doernenburg)
Developing in a Service-oriented World

I have heard great things about JavaZone from many other speakers. This time I get to be part of it.

TheServerSide Java Symposium Europe, Barcelona, Spain, June 21-23

Software Visualization and Model Generation (with Erik Doernenburg)
Developing in a Service-oriented World

SpringOne, Antwerp, Belgium, June 15-16

Patterns in Service-oriented Architectures
Keynote: Where did all my beautiful code go?

This one should be fun -- I get to hang out with my intellectual drinking buddies in Antwerp.

Burton Group Catalyst, San Francisco, June 14-16

Agile SOA - The SDLC, SOA, and YOU

Agile development methods enjoy increasing popularity when it comes to building business applications. They promise flexibility, immediate customer feedback, and a high-quality solution. However, some of the basic mechanisms of service-oriented architectures can be perceived as a counterforce to agile development. For example, published interface contracts can bog down rapid iteration. Also, development tools that support an agile development style are not always available for Web-services based interactions. Can you have the best of both worlds?

Forrester's IT Forum 2006: GigaWorld, Las Vegas, April 6

Panel: The Death of Programming

TheServerSide Symposium, Las Vegas, March 23 - 25

Keynote: Where did all my beautiful code go? [Download]
Software Visualization and Model Generation [Download] (with Erik Doernenburg)
Patterns in Service-Oriented Architectures

Software Development, Santa Clara, March 13 - 17

Developing in a Service-Oriented World
Conversations Between Loosely Coupled Services [Download]

OOP 2006, Munich, January 16 - 20

Developing in a Service-Oriented World
Distributed Systems Architectures based on Asynchronous Messaging
Enterprise Integration Patterns

I heard good things about this German conference from a number of people. This time I'll have an opportunity to speak. It'll be great to be in Munich during the winter but they make me work pretty hard for it: three talks in a row... I hope there will be some time left to party with Christian!

OOPSLA 2005, San Diego, October 16- 20

Tutorial - Programming without a Call Stack - Event-driven Architectures in Action

This 3 hour tutorial will allow me to expand on my popular talk on composable, event-driven systems.

Microsoft PDC , Los Angeles, September 11-16

Panel: The Art and Practice of Connected Systems

A panel with Steve Swartz should be fun, especially on connected systems.

Microsoft TechEd Europe, Amsterdam, July 5-8

Messaging Patterns with Indigo

This talk is still in the planning phase. TechEd Europe will have quite a few Indigo talks because not everybody is going to be able to make it to PDC. I myself need to find a way to weazle a ticket to PDC out of someone ;-)

SD Forum, eBay Conference Center, San Jose, June 28

Developing in a Service-Oriented World

The SD Forum organizes local events in the Bay Area. This talk concludes an all day Web Services Conference organized by SD Forum. Admission is free to SD Members or $15 for others. This might be the cheapest way yet to see me speak :-)

Microsoft TechEd, Orlando, June 5-10

Introduction to Messaging (with Ted Neward)

I will be co-presenting with Ted Neward, which promises to be quite entertaining :-)

EAI Forum, Karlsruhe, Germany, April 18-21

Enterprise Integration Patterns

EAI Forum is the largest integration related event in the German speaking area. Luckily, I started to translate some of my material into German...

TIBCO Software Conference: From Real-Time to Predictive Enterprise, Dubai, UAE, April 10

SOA = Same Old Architecture?
Enterprise Integration Patterns

Software Development Conference & Expo, Santa Clara, March 14-18

Programming Without a Call Stack: Event-Driven Architectures in Java

After missing the SD conference this year, I will explain how to leverage event-driven architectures inside a single virtual machine.

Patterns and Practices Summit, Mountain View, March 14-16

Developing in a Service-Oriented World

Keith Pleas organizes these summits in close collaboration with Microsoft. These events are smaller in scale but give attendees ample access to the speakers. Ward is coming as well, so this one should be good.

Canadian Strategic Architect Forum, Seattle, March 9-10

Integration Patterns

Well, Martin gets to go to the Gold Coast and I have to make do with rainy Seattle. Oh well, gotta write a few more books :-)

TheServerSide Java Symposium, Las Vegas, March 3-5

Event-Driven Architectures in Action
SOA = Same Old Architecture?

I am sure next year's TheServerSide Symposium will be as much fun and as content-rich as last year's. I look forward to more panels moderated by Ted Neward

GI Fachtagung fuer Datenbanksysteme in Business, Technologie und Web,, Karlsruhe, Germany, March 2-4

Developing in a Service-Oriented World

Despite the apparent database focus in the title of this event, there is a definite emphasis on SOA and Web services. Frank Leymann and Satish Thatte (the two brainfathers of BPEL) will speak there as well so I am honored to have my name appear among all the BPEL celebrities. My talk will focus on what SOA means for developers, what kind of tools and skill sets we need etc. I think this is a topic that is too often ignored as we all love to dwell in the architectural benefits of SOA.

VSLive! Software Architect Summit, , San Francisco, February 6-10

Developing in a Service-Oriented World

I jumped into this one at the last minute. Interesting line-up with lots of talks on SOA etc.

JavaPolis 2004, Antwerp, Belgium, Dec 13-17

Enterprise Integration Patterns: Asynchronous Messaging Architectures in Practice

My ACM tutorials use C# examples, so for JavaPolis I am going to port these to JAX-RPC or JMS. The way I constructed the example components switching from one transport to the other should be very easy. Maybe BEA's new QuickSilver will be available by then. It would be cool to do the examples in that. Anyone from BEA feel free to e-mail me :-)

EAI Expertentag, Technische Universitaet Berlin, Nov 25-26

Keynote: Buchstabensuppe: Was steckt eigentlich hinter ESB, SOA, SOAP, WSDL & Co?
Workshop: Enterprise Integration Patterns: Asynchrone Messaging Architekturen in der Praxis

EAI Patterns for the first time in German! Jawohl...

Sun JavaOne, San Francisco, June 28-July 1, 2004

Enterprise Integration Patterns: Asynchronous Messaging Architectures in Practice

At least one show close to home :-)

OOPSLA 2004, Vancouver, Canada, Oct 24-28

Enterprise Integration Patterns: Asynchronous Messaging Architectures in Practice

The most popular tutorial so far at OOPSLA 2004! Join us! This year we split the tutorial in two halves. Bobby does a half-day intro into the terminology and request-reply examples. My tutorial focuses on coupling, service-orientation, message flow architectures and conversations. I will use real running examples to show how to construct message flow architectures.

ACM Middleware 2004, Toronto, Canada, Oct 18-22

1/2 Day Tutorial: Enterprise Integration Patterns: Asynchronous Messaging Architectures in Practice

No reruns! This tutorial will feature more real, running examples. I am currently assembling a set of reusable components that implement the core patterns (Splitter, Router, Translator). During the tutorial I will use these components to show running versions of the examples discussed in the slides. I am also planning to post these components on this site once they are done.

Microsoft TechEd, San Diego, May 24-28, 2004

Patterns in the Enterprise

A walk through application and integration patterns targeted at enterprise developers. By the time TechEd is held our new Microsoft PAG book on integration patterns should be available.

EAI Industry Consortium Global Summit, Banff, Canada, May 24-28, 2004

Half-day tutorial on Enterprise Integration Patterns

Finally a conference focused on EAI. I am very excited to present at an event dedicated to integration issues.

TheServerSide Java Symposium, Las Vegas, May 6-8, 2004

Enterprise Integration Patterns
Event-Driven Architectures

Information Processing Society of Japan - Patterns Working Group, Tokyo, Japan, April 20


Hironori Washizaki and his team invited me to give a talk at the Tokyo Patterns Working Group. I had a great time and learned how to write my name in Katakana.

JavaPolis, Antwerp, Belgium, December 3-4


One of the biggest Java events in Europe, organized by the Belgian Java User's group - BeJUG.

Nexus Computer Books, Calgary, Canada, Nov 27


Nexus is a neat computer bookstore and somewhat of a local institution. Sadly, I think they have gone out of business since.

OOPSLA 2003, Anaheim, Oct 26-30

Tutorial on Enterprise Integration Patterns (with Bobby Woolf)

A half-day tutorial showing how to use integration patterns to design integration solutions. Plus: Book Launch!!

JAOO 2003, Aarhus, Denmark, Sept 22-26

Enterprise Integration Patterns [Download]
Test-Driven Enterprise Integration

This big conference in a small country continues to attract top-notch software development talent. JAOO really one of the best-run shows I know of. The speaker roster is first class and the general level is very high.

SD Best Practices Conference, Boston, Sept 15-18, 2003

Enterprise Integration Patterns - Asynchronous Messaging Architectures in Practice [Download]

A quick (25 slide) introduction into EAI patterns.

TechEd 2003, Dallas, June 1-6


SD West 2003 Conference, Santa Clara, March 24-28, 2003

Enterprise Integration Patterns [Download]

A 90 minute journey through the world of EAI patterns.

2002 LOMA Systems Forum

Shedding New Light on Enterprise Integration (with Martin Fowler)