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Anatomy of an alert

Gradually migrating to microservices while still running your business

Submitted by Ankit Solanki on Feb 14, 2017

Section: Full talk of 40 mins duration Technical level: Beginner Status: Cancelled


When we started out, ClearTax was a single monolithic application. We had a small team (3 people!) and it worked for us.

We now have multiple products, many internal services, a much larger team. This is the story of our gradual migration towards a microservices company: to to perform infrastructure surgery on a production platform while you’re growing your team and adding user-facing products at the same time.


  • Historical picture: what we started with and the evolution over time
  • Current status, and our platform roadmap going ahead
  • Why the transition took time, and is still happening in places
  • Managing complexity, building tooling for our common problems
  • Tradeoffs between features vs. infrastructure
  • Pain points and mistakes made, the lessons we have learned
  • Takeaways for people who are just starting out

Speaker bio

Ankit: CTO and Co-Founder of ClearTax (YC S2014).

Preview video


  • Zainab Bawa (@zainabbawa) Crew 3 years ago

    Thanks for this proposal, Ankit. To complete the review, we need draft slides and link to a self-recorded video explaining what this talk is about and why the audience should attend it. Please share this information, latest by Wednesday, 22 Feb.

    • Zainab Bawa (@zainabbawa) Crew 3 years ago

      Ankit, thanks for the video. When can we expect draft slides to see the content you will cover and the flow of the proposed talk?

      • Ankit Solanki Proposer 3 years ago

        Zainab, I am thinking of changing this to a crisp 15 minute session. It’s more of a experience story, not super technical (unlike the other talk).

        I think it’s valuable knowledge, but can be condensed into a shorter talk, and probably more suited to a informal discussion later if the audience wants more details.

        What do you think?

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