Recently, the first-ever user group discussion surrounding microservices in the Memphis area was held, and Cook Systems had the privilege of facilitating it.

Seeing a need in the community for architects, directors and even CIOs to discuss the benefits and challenges, potential pitfalls and helpful tips on the journey to making use of microservices, Cook brought together representatives from several companies at differing stages of the process — some who had already implemented it and could share insight and others who were just considering it.

The result was a highly beneficial event March 22, 2018 that provided a platform and environment in which participants could network, share ideas, and discuss challenges and potential solutions. Representatives from companies like AutoZone, First Tennessee and Service Master came together for dinner and a presentation from David Garder, Director of Applications Services and Innovations at Service Master, and were then encouraged to ask questions and discuss their thoughts surrounding microservices.

The feedback from the event has been overwhelmingly positive, with attendees being grateful for an opportunity to simply learn and have conversations with no other agenda. People who had already jumped in to microserices were able to discuss challenges and tips, while people who were just learning microservices were equipped with more information to go back to their teams and start the conversation, allowing them to have more in-depth discussions and keep the ball moving.

We are proud to have been a part of this pioneering group and to help facilitate this need for the community. Plans are already in the works for the next meet-up, and it is our hope that it will continue in the long term to propel the industry forward.