Date and time
Wednesday 12 February, 18:00
Bob Gregory, Chief Architect for Cazoo, was up first and shared insights from their experience building a new ecommerce platform - in a matter of months - using AWS Lambda.
Following Bob's talk and a short Q&A session, we heard from Scott Smethurst, Serverless Consultant at Uptime. Scott took us on a whistle-stop tour of the serverless projects he's worked on over the last four years, highlighting some of the biggest challenges and most interesting outcomes that he has encountered along the way.
As a consultant, Scott often helps introduce serverless tools into existing architectures, which creates a whole different set of headaches compared to working on greenfield builds. We were told how he helped Yubl replace a technical mess with a serverless architecture; discussed how LifeWorks utilised AWS and other serverless tools to pivot their business in an entirely new direction; took a look at some of the technical challenges that can arise a year or so into the life of a serverless project; and touched on some of the more intriguing solutions that Scott and his team have come up with along the way.
His talk, Planting Serverless Flowers in the Brownfield, also included a number of real-world architectural diagrams and highlighted some key statistics that he has gathered which emphasise how much you can achieve with only a handful of developers. Scott has been creating serverless back-ends for quite a while now, so he had plenty of stories to share on the evening!
We would like to thank everyone who helped make the evening such a success, but in particular want to shout out our hosts Cazoo! We were sad to have to leave their amazing office space at the end of the evening - did someone say something about jealousy?
Cazoo are an exciting new startup that was founded by Alex Chesterman with the aim to transform the way that people buy used cars. In a sector rife for technical disruption, Cazoo hope to lead the way by offering a service that puts consumers’ needs at its heart. They are at the beginning of their journey, having launched at the end of 2019 with a nationwide marketing campaign - you've probably seen this name everywhere by now!
With a desire to do things right first time, they have prioritised the use of leading-edge technology and engineering standards. A staunch approach to classicist TDD, coupled with a serverless, event-driven architecture allows them to innovate and develop quickly, while maintaining a focus on quality.
You can watch videos of the main talks and stages of the evening below, as well as being able to find out more about our speakers and event organisers.