Enterprise Architect Ernest Stormann will discuss the advantages, challenges, and conceptual shifts encountered in Kroger’s transformation from an application-centric organization to a highly distributed and event-driven one. In this journey, Kroger’s division responsible for last-mile fulfillment in digital eCommerce was specifically addressing performance and business agility issues with the legacy fulfillment system that began with the start of the pandemic.
Ernest will call out the drivers for change, the characteristics prioritized for next generation business processing, and the new challenges and gaps they are addressing now. He will delineate how this process forced a shift in execution strategy, to focusing on the event and data streams as the primary product. Shifting focus allowed Kroger to decentralize, decouple, scale, and descale in a more dynamic manner, injecting finer grain of observability into processes as they moved resources to the cloud.
Ernest will wrap up with some longer term trends around reacting to increased rate of business changes and being more open to extracting and integrating data analytics into our streams as a product.
Ernest Stormann is an Enterprise Architect and technology leader with over 25 years of experience in building organizations optimized to deliver business value. He has had success building scalable solutions for multiple Fortune 50 businesses involving intelligent applications, IoT devices, cloud and edge applications, and AI. Ernest has a firm understanding of the business value of IT systems and has lead multiple startup evaluations, acquisitions, and IT mergers.
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