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We attended EDA Summit 2021

We attended EDA Summit 2021
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E. Schatz / M. Simic21.5.2021

On Wednesday 19th of May we took part in an online event called EDA Summit 2021. The summit was organized by the Canadian company Solace with a main goal to give wider perspective of what Event Driven Architecture (EDA) is and how it can be useful.

Remarkable organization

First thing that we noticed was absolutely remarkable, beautiful and well-organized user interface of the system that was used to make sure this event runs smoothly. With carefully chosen colors, impeccable layout in every possible sense (the margins, typography, etc), it was nothing less but pure pleasure to enjoy the five star user experience that Solace provided to us.

We at FoMS strongly believe that the internal quality of the company can be quite well assessed already by observing how much care for details in the design and presentation of the product has been invested. Therefore we strongly recommend you to emphasize cooperation with those companies where design does matter and to avoid those companies where a programmer designs a product along the way.

EDA Summit was pure technical enjoyment for all our senses.

Agenda and on-demand content

The event started at 9:00 AM US Eastern Time and it lasted around nine hours. Although the main subject for sure was event driven architecture, there were also many interesting subjects that were covered, mentioned or talked about such as trends in EDA through real world scenarios, various interesting case studies, architecture guides for EDA, asynchronous messaging concepts, microservice architecture, event-based APIs patterns, event-driven microservice architecture and integration, iPaaS strategies, abstraction and standardization for event-driven integration and many more.

Attendees of the summit could chose between live and on-demand content, which made enrollment in the event even more interesting.


Many respectable experts from around the world and from various companies contributed by taking different roles.

Keynote speakers were Mandy Dhaliwal as chief marketing officer at Boomi, Keith Guttridge as senior director analyst from Gartner, Chris Hadfield as astronaut at the International Space Station, Denis King as chief executive officer at Solace, Naveen Kola as head of enterprise architecture at HP, Chris McNabb as chief executive officer at Boomi, Mychelle Mollot as chief marketing officer at Solace, Sumeet Puri as chief technology solutions officer at Solace and Stefan Sigg as chief product officer at Software AG.

Session speakers were Gonzalo Perez-Prim as senior principal at Accenture, David Almeida as director, research & technical strategy at LS Technologies, Michael Amundsen as author, speaker and advisor as inc, Vikas Anand from product management at Google, Suresh Babu Jaganathanas head of digital integration at Roche, Martin Bachmann from product management - business application foundation at SAP SE, Kirk Borne, Ph.D. as chief science officer at DataPrime, Mark Carr from Hong Kong Jockey Club, Joshua Carroll as managing director at RBC Capital Markets, VVS Kishore Chavakula as senior solutions architect at Boomi, Kristin M. Cropf as program manager for system wide information management (SWIM) at Federal Aviation Administration, Chirag Desai as head of IT digital & channel solutions at The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Shane Fisher as director at Slalom Consulting, Joshua E. Gustin as acting deputy director of air traffic systems at Federal Aviation Administration, James Higginbotham as executive API consultant at LaunchAny, Martin Hilferink as senior technology architect at IKEA, Danesh Hussain Zaki as senior distinguished member of technical staff at Wipro Limited, Rob James as group chief digital and information officer at Vodafone, Kin Lane as chief evangelist at Postman, David Menninger as SVP & research director at Ventana Research, Pranav Mohanpurkar as lead solutions architect at Unilever, David Mooter as senior analyst at Forrester Research, Avanish Raut as global practice head – cloud & hybrid integration at Wipro Limited, Sajith Ravindra as senior technical lead at WSO2, Chris Richardson as creator of, Sugata Sarkar as global head of integration technology at Standard Chartered Bank, Jonathan Schabowsky as field CTO at Solace, Partik Singla as technical evangelist at Boomi, Srinath Sripada-Rao as executive director - integration strategy programs at Standard Chartered Bank, Venkat Kartheek Thummala as lead manager - adaptive integration at Unilever, James Urquhart as strategic executive advisor at VMware, Derek Weber as senior consultant at Slalom, Steve Wood as VP of product, developer platform at Slack and Yessie Yosetya as director & chief information-digital officer at PT. XL Axiata Tbk.

Fireside chat speakers were Sham Arora as global head of enterprise technology at Standard Chartered, Richard Jardim as EVP & CIO at CIBC, Christophe Leray as managing director at Stime - Les Mousquetaires, Alessandro Petroni as director and global head of strategy financial services at Red Hat and Guillaume Pinot as head of technology management at Renault Digital.

On-demand speakers were Ludovica Barozzi as full-stack developer at EcoSteer, Lukasz Gornick as AsyncAPI maintainer and community guardian, Ari Hermawan as solution architect at Solace, Swen-Helge Huber as director technology partnerships and principal architect at Solace, Peter Kreiner-Sasady as chief technology officer at Invixo Consulting Group, Thomas Kunnumpurath as vice president at Solace, Alexander Martens as senior principal and sales engineer at Solace, José Rodrigues as head of distributed architectures services portfolio at Link Consulting and Ush Shukla from Solace.

Sponsor session speakers were Bill Bierds as president & CBDO at BCC Group, Ed Macosky as head of product and Shawn McAllister as CTO & CPO at Solace.

MC & moderator was Mark Jeffries.

Sponsors of the event

In the Exhibit Hall section, companies Accedian, Accenture, BCC Group, Boomi Inc and Solace were listed as platinum sponsors while the companies Link, SAP, SL Corp, Software AG and Thinkport GmbH were listed as gold sponsors.

Game On!

As part of the summit, there was a game where it was possible to win prizes as navigating the summit which was an interesting gamification addition to the whole story.

Well done Solace, well done indeed!

EDA Summit 2021 was one of the best organized online events that we have event taken part in. We are truly looking forward for future events organized by Solace and we can only conclude this article with a thank you for inviting Friends of MuleSoft to join you.

What can Solace do for you?

Solace helps large enterprises become modern and real-time by giving them everything they need to make their business operations and customer interactions event-driven. With PubSub+, the market’s first and only event management platform, the company provides a comprehensive way to create, document, discover and stream events from where they are produced to where they need to be consumed – securely, reliably, quickly, and guaranteed.

Behind Solace technology is the world’s leading group of data movement experts, with nearly twenty years of experience helping global enterprises solve some of the most demanding challenges in a variety of industries – from capital markets, retail, and gaming to space, aviation, and automotive.

Established enterprises such as SAP, Barclays and the Royal Bank of Canada, multinational automobile manufacturers such as Groupe Renault and Groupe PSA, and industry disruptors such as Jio use Solace’s advanced event broker technologies to modernize legacy applications, deploy modern microservices, and build an event mesh to support their hybrid cloud, multi-cloud and IoT architectures.

You can find out more about Solace here.

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