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  • Monzo Employs Targeted Traffic Shedding against Stampeding Herd Effect from the Mobile App

    Monzo developed a solution for shedding traffic in case its platform comes under intense and unexpected load that could lead to an outage. Traffic spikes can be generated by the mobile app and triggered by push notifications or other bursts in user activity. The solution can reduce the read traffic by almost 50% with 90% overall accuracy without noticeable customer impact.

  • How N26 Scales Technology through Hypergrowth

    As N26 grew fast, they had to scale their technology to keep up. This meant scaling not only their infrastructure, but also their teams; for instance, they had to decide how to distribute work over teams and what technology to use or not use. Folger Fonseca, software engineer and Tech Lead at N26, shared his experience from scaling technology at N26 at QCon London 2020.

  • Scaling Infrastructure as Code at Challenger Bank N26

    To launch their banking platform globally in the US, Brazil, and beyond, the challenges bank N26 introduced a new layer for the configuration of regions in their architecture, where product development teams can add application needs. At FlowCon France, Kat Liu presented why and how they introduced this layer, the benefits that it brings, and the things they learned.

  • Leadership in an Agile Environment

    We would like agile leaders to stop being in the fire fighting mode. They should be there to help and empower, instead of taking over, argued Leonoor Koomen at Experience Agile 2019. She suggested replacing traffic light reporting with Obeya and showed leaders how they can focus on the deltas instead of covering and wanting to know everything.

  • The Importance of Leadership and Management in Hypergrowth

    At QCon New York 2019, Patrick Kua shared lessons learned sowing the seeds and fertilising an environment to cultivate high performing teams in a startup fintech company. This article explores how to manage technical managers in a fast growing company.

  • Mashreq Bank’s Lean Agile Journey

    After having seen and evidenced the tangible benefit of lean at Mashreq Bank, agile was seen as a natural progression, an evolutionary step. Agile and lean are well-linked; you still need to identify waste, and remove non-value add activities so you can spend more time doing what the customer needs, argued Steve Snowdon. Together with Ed Capaldi he spoke about Mashreq Bank’s Lean Agile Journey.

  • Capital One Banks on Open Source to Scale Innovation

    In 2012, Capital One was 100% Waterfall, had manual processes and out-sourced their commercial technology. In six years, the bank realized their DevOps transformation supported by their open source adoption. They established a rigorous open source strategy that enabled them to transform their technology and innovation DNA.

  • Lean and Agile Transformation at Banco BPI

    After adopting Scrum, Banco BPI came to lean in an iterative way, by doing things that made sense to them in their context. Their goal is to bring parties closer together to optimise the whole system and avoid micro-optimisations. Your own context and needs must guide you, don't wait to have the perfect answer, but iterate relentlessly and take small steps is what they learned.

  • How Do You Fit a Core Banking System into a Few Containers? Insight from DOES EU 17

    At the DevOps Enterprise Summit EU 2017, held in London, InfoQ sat down with Amine Boudali and Jose Quaresma and discussed key insights from their presentation “How Do You Fit a Core Banking System into a Few Containers?”

  • Building a Bank with Golang, Microservices and Containers: Matt Heath at QCon London

    At QCon London, Matt Heath, Distributed Systems Engineer at Monzo Bank, presented “Building a Bank with Golang”. Key takeaways included: Golang’s focus on simplicity and readability in combination with excellent concurrency primitives making this a language well-suited for creating “high volume, low latency, distributed applications”.

  • JPMorgan Chase and Intuit to Securely Share Data Through APIs

    JPMorgan Chase and Intuit announced a partnership to share bank financial data easily and securely through APIs on January 25. With this partnership, JPMorgan Chase customers can now authorize the bank to share their account data with Intuit’s financial management applications like Mint and TurboTax.

  • Visa Launches Visa Developer Suite of APIs

    Visa Developer opens the world’s largest retail payment network to the world of developers. The suite of APIs available via this newly launched platform include far more than the expected credit card validation and authorization systems by including APIs for micro-transactions, wish lists, and shopping carts.

  • How to Become an Agile Bank

    This post talks about how banks have implemented Agile.

  • BitCoins Lost, MongoDB and Eventual Consistency

    The recent theft from several BitCoin operators has sparked a debate whether eventually consistent databases are useful or not for banking.

  • Modernization Is Not Optional

    Most large organizations have allowed their systems to evolve without good architecture and governance. The result is a "hair ball" of systems interfaces and dependencies which greatly increase complexity, risk and the cost of change. David Sprott describes how systems modernization should be a collaboration between business management and IT.