GSAS is taking place in CCIB, Barcelona this year

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Global Software Architecture Summit is taking place in CCIB, Barcelona this year! Save the date, October 3-4, 2022! One of the largest and most important software architecture events with practical talks and hands-on workshops. 

About the venue

This year GSAS is organized in Barcelona International Convention Centre – leading European location for event organisation. Enjoying a privileged location in modern, cosmopolitan Barcelona, the CCIB can be found within the city’s new business and technology district, known as 22@. The CCIB is equipped with the very latest technology. With its easy access, excellent links to public transport and the airport, and more than 4,500 hotel rooms in its immediate vicinity, the CCIB is a first class reference point within the business tourism sector. 

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About the event

GSAS (Global Software Architecture Summit) is a 2-days summit which aims to attract and connect software architecture experts from all over the world as well as all those interested in building working software to improve their skills, share knowledge, and connect.

GSAS speakers are experts in essential practices, innovation, working software and practical solutions. Global Software Architecture Summit leads to inspiration and helps to become a better software architect.


Robust and scalable software is in the center of every discussion and talk, which makes it a perfect place for people who fight for quality in the software development world.

Around 600 software architects will come together for 2 days to promote quality in the world of software.

In addition to technical talks and hands-on workshops, it will be fun! There will be snacks and beers, opportunity to meet like-minded people and generate interesting discussions.

Your demographics doesn’t matter, what really matters is your passion for useful, well designed, maintainable and scalable software.

GSAS mission is to grow the software architecture community, focusing on best practices, innovation, working software and practical solutions for current issues.

GSAS values 

• Working software over number of features

• A hunger for continuous learning & improvement over repetitive standards 

• Community benefit over individualism

About Software Architecture Metrics book 

This edition is focused on software architecture metrics as they are key to the maintainability and architectural quality of a software project. Moreover, this year Christian Ciceri – Software Architect of Apiumhub together with Dave Farley, Neal Ford, Andrew Harmel-Law, Michael Keeling, Carola Lilienthal, João Rosa, Alexander von Zitzewitz, Rene Weiss and Eoin Woods have published Software Architecture Book with O’Reilly and most of the authors are coming to the summit talking about their chapters.  

They will cover the following topics:

  • The intersection of architecture fitness functions and metrics
  • Starting with evolutionary architectures by using the fitness function testing pyramid
  • Improve your architecture with the Modularity Maturity Index (MMI) 
  • Private Builds and Metrics to survive not ideal scenarios
  • Metrics for Architects
  • Evolving organisations using sociotechnical architecture 
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You will have a chance to win this book signed by the authors, get your ticket now

About the Speakers

This year we have an incredible line-up of speakers, leading software architects from the US, England, Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Israel, India and the United Arab Emirates are coming to the summit to share their knowledge and experience: 

  • Mark Richards is an experienced, hands-on software architect involved in the architecture, design, and implementation of microservices architectures, service-oriented architectures, and distributed systems in a variety of technologies. He has been in the software industry since 1983 and has significant experience and expertise in application, integration, and enterprise architecture. Mark is the founder of, a free website devoted to helping developers in the journey to becoming a software architect. In addition to hands-on consulting, Mark has authored numerous technical books and videos, including his two latest books Fundamentals of Software Architecture and Software Architecture: The Hard Parts that he co-authored with Neal Ford. Mark has spoken at hundreds of conferences and user groups around the world on a variety of enterprise-related technical topics.
  • Neal Ford is Director, Software Architect, and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks. Before joining ThoughtWorks. He is an internationally recognized expert on software development and delivery, especially in the intersection of agile engineering techniques and software architecture. Neal has authored magazine articles, nine books (and counting), such as “Building Evolutionary Architectures: Support Constant Change”, “Functional Thinking: Paradigm Over Syntax”, “The Productive Programmer (Theory in Practice (O’Reilly)”, “Fundamentals of Software Architecture: An Engineering Approach”, “Software Architecture: The Hard Parts: Modern Trade-Off Analyses for Distributed Architectures”, “Building Evolutionary Architectures: Support Constant Change”, “Software Architecture Metrics” and many others, dozens of video presentations, and spoken at hundreds of developers conferences worldwide. His topics include software architecture, continuous delivery, functional programming, cutting edge software innovations, and includes a business-focused book and video on improving technical presentations. Check out his web site at
  • Sonya Natanzon is an engineering leader and software architect with many years of experience. Software engineer by training, she’s worked in a number of different industries. Healthcare engagements were most rewarding in her career and frequently appear in her portfolio. She started focusing her career path on software engineering and architecture in healthcare. She now leads enterprise software development at Guardant Health.
  • Vladik (Vlad) Khononov is a software engineer with over 15 years of industry experience, during which he has worked for companies large and small in roles ranging from webmaster to chief architect. Vlad is a long-time proponent of domain-driven design and evolutionary architecture and currently helps companies make sense of their business domains, untangle monoliths, and tackle complex architectural challenges. Vlad maintains an active media career as a public speaker and blogger. He has spoken at numerous industry conferences — including O’Reilly Software Architecture, DDD Europe, and NDC — about subjects such as domain-driven design, microservices, and software architecture in general. In addition to his media work, he co-organizes the Domain-Driven Design Israel and Tel Aviv Software Architecture meetup groups.
  • Alexander von Zitzewitz is a serial entrepreneur in the software business and one of the founders of hello2morrow, an ISV specializing in static analysis tools that can enforce architecture and quality rules during development and maintenance of software systems. He is a co-author of the book “Software Architecture Metrics”. He’s worked in the industry since the early 1980s and focuses on the role of software architecture and technical quality on successful project outcomes. He moved from Germany to Massachusetts in 2008 to develop hello2morrow’s business in North America. 
  • João Rosa is Principal Consultant and Interim CTO at Xebia. He focuses on helping teams and organizations to make strategic decisions regarding the software; aligning teams and software to optimize the stream-based value. He believes in the power of collaboration and is a fan of visual collaboration tools. He is one of the authors of the book Software Architecture Metrics, the curator of the book Visual Collaboration Tools ( and the host of the Software Crafts Podcast (
  • Michael Keeling is a software engineer at Kiavi and the author of Design It!: From Programmer to Software Architect. Also, he is a co-author of the book Software Architecture Metrics. He holds a Masters in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary.  Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @michaelkeeling.
  • George Fairbanks is a software developer, consultant, educator, and speaker. He’s got a Ph.D. in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, advised by David Garlan and Bill Scherlis. He has publications on frameworks and software architecture in selective academic conferences, including OOPSLA and ICSE. He’s currently a software engineer at Google. George wrote the book Just Enough Software Architecture and it’s been reviewed well. He’s also been a program committee member for the Working International Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA), the International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM), and the European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA). He’s been a referee for IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE) and IEEE Software.
  • Nathaniel T. Schutta is a software architect focused on cloud computing and building usable applications. A proponent of polyglot programming, Nate has written multiple books and appeared in various videos. Nate is a seasoned speaker regularly presenting at conferences worldwide, No Fluff Just Stuff symposia, meetups, universities, and user groups. In addition to his day job, Nate is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota where he teaches students to embrace dynamic languages. Driven to rid the world of bad presentations, Nate co-authored the book Presentation Patterns with Neal Ford and Matthew McCullough. Nate recently published Thinking Architecturally available as a free download from Pivotal. Nate’s presentations cover a variety of topics ranging from software architecture, microservices, cloud computing, site reliability engineering and everything in between.
  • Eswaran Thandi has over 2.5 decades of experience in the IT industry. He has been practicing software architecture for the past 15 years, delivering strategies, roadmaps and architecture solutions for customers across the globe. He is experienced in various business domains which include Telco, Supply Chain, Retail & Investment Banking, Aviation and Finance. For the past few years, he has been focusing mainly on IT Landscape Optimization and modernization and has brought out significant business value by delivering different solutions in B2C and B2E spaces. He has also presented papers in software architecture conferences on Enterprise Architecture Framework & Governance”
  • Rene Weiß supports agile software development endeavors for more than 15 years. Having had different roles as software developer, software architect, project manager, Scrum Master, Product Owner, coach&trainer and head of software development he can rely on plenty of experience in a variety of settings and industries. Today, as the CTO of FINABRO, he is responsible for the platform & product teams to deliver systems that enable more people to save for their future retirement. He is co-author of the book “Software Architecture Metrics” and he also likes to write and speak about (evolutionary) software architectures and agile development teams.
  • Dr. Carola Lilienthal is a software architect and managing director at WPS – Workplace Solutions GmbH. She has been developing high-quality software systems with her teams since 1998. Carola regularly speaks at conferences, writes articles and has published a book on the topic of Sustainable Software Architecture. Also, she is a co-author of the book “Software Architecture Metrics”.
  • Christian Ciceri is a Software Architect & co-founder at Apiumhub – software development company known for software architecture excellence. Also, he is head of Software Architecture in VYou app – user and access management solution and head of moderators in Global Software Architecture Summit. He began his professional career with a specific interest in Object Oriented design issues, with deep studies in code-level and architectural-level design patterns and techniques. He has been one of the former practitioners of Agile Methodologies, particularly eXtreme Programming with a great experience in practices like TDD, Continuous Integration, build pipelines and evolutionary design. Also, he is a co-author of the book “Software Architecture Metrics” book.  He has always been aiming at a wide-spread technological knowledge, that’s why he has been exploring a huge amount of technologies and architectural styles like Java, .NET, to dynamic languages, to pure scripting languages and even native C++ application development, from classical layering to Domain-Centric, to classical SOA and Enterprise Service Buses. In his own words: “a software architect should create a working ecosystem that allows teams to have a scalable, predictable and cheaper production”.
  • Pranjal Bathia is a Principal Architect within the PnT Operations and Infrastructure team at Red Hat. She has 12+ years of experience in designing and developing solutions and products for challenging business problems. In her current role, she has architected the Master Data Management solution for Red Hat. Before this, she has developed enterprise middleware solutions that handle millions of events on a daily basis. Pranjal holds a master’s degree in Information Security from one of India’s premier engineering institutes, NIT Warangal. She is a Mom of two beautiful daughters and is usually busy balancing daily chores and work. In her free time, she likes using her creative skills to recycle waste into artistic pieces, paintings, handicrafts, etc.
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You are still on time to send your proposal and become a GSAS speaker this year! Each speaker may send more than one proposal, focusing on real life experiences and case studies.

About the talks

Let’s have a sneak peek at the main topics of the summit this year:

  • Testing Software Architecture by Mark Richards
  • Pragmatic Approach to Architecture Metrics by Sonya Natanzon & Vladik Khononov
  • Metrics for Architects by Alexander von Zitzewitz
  • The intersection of architecture fitness functions and metrics by Neal Ford
  • Continuous Modernization by Eswaran Thandi
  • Starting with evolutionary architectures by using the fitness function testing pyramid by Rene Weiß
  • Improve your architecture with the Modularity Maturity Index (MMI) by Carola Lilienthal
  • Private Builds and Metrics to survive not ideal scenarios by Christian Ciceri
  • Quantitative measures for software Architecture quality evaluation by Pranjal Bathia

About the workshops

This year 4 hours hands-on workshops are included in the price! Don’t miss this chance to have a hands-on experience with leading experts:

  • Evolving organisations using sociotechnical architecture by João Rosa
  • Become a software design company by George Fairbanks & Michael Keeling
  • Thinking Architecturally by Nathaniel Schutta

GSAS app

In addition to technical talks and hands-on workshops, it will be fun! There will be snacks and beers, opportunity to meet like-minded people and generate discussions.

GSAS is developing an app together with Apiumhub and VYou to give an opportunity to speakers, attendees and sponsors to connect with the community by developing a mobile app which makes it possible by scanning badges and connecting on social networks, participating in raffles and contributing to the discussions. 

  GSAS Talk: Pragmatic Approach to Architecture Metrics - Part 1

GSAS app goals

• Give networking opportunity

• Schedule tracking

• Participation in raffles scanning QR code

• Sponsors visibility

• Ability to engage and ask questions in real time

About the organizer

Apiumhub is the ​​organizer of Global Software Architecture Summit. 

Apiumhub builds goal-driven working software and continue growing it’s community & areas of expertise by bringing together the most passionate & advanced experts to deliver working software that will have an impact on the tech industry.

Apiumhub organizes software architecture meetups in Barcelona and Madrid with more than 1900 members

About the sponsors

Let’s meet heroes behind the scenes! 

Right now you will see only the confirmed ones, but next month there will be a lot of new sponsors who are currently evaluating current sponsorship plans that GSAS has.

  • Capgemini partners with companies to transform and manage their business by unlocking the value of technology. Worlds leader in engineering and R&D services, we unleash R&D potential and innovation to help clients create smart products, optimized operations, new customer experiences and new sources of value.
  • Apium Academy offers high-quality courses and hands-on workshops by leading software architects to those interested in building working software and improve their skills. Apium Academy trackles current issues and finds optimized solutions following best practices, and you will be able to implement the acquired knowledge right away.
  • O’Reilly is the learning platform your tech teams need to stay ahead. More than 60% of all Fortune 100 companies trust O’Reilly to help their teams learn the technologies of today—and be ready for what’s next. From books to leading tech conferences to a groundbreaking online learning platform, we’ve focused on creating the best technical learning content for more than four decades. Your teams can benefit from that experience. With interactive learning, teams get hands-on experience with tech like Kubernetes, Python, Docker, Java, and more—in safe live dev environments. So they’re more comfortable putting it to work in real-world situations. Your teams have access to nearly 1,000 live online courses and events every year, led by top experts in AI, software architecture, cloud, data, programming, and more. And they can ask questions along the way.
  • VYou is a user management and access management solution developed by developers for developers. Vyou helps startups turn weeks of development into a single day of integration, reducing costs and increasing time to market. VYou has created easy to integrate features from our years of experience in the software development that help developers launch scalable applications faster, and help balance an excellent user experience with better protection for the customers.
  • Autentia designs digital products and creates custom made experiences. Subscribe to our Youtube channel where we have almost 10K subscribers and watch software development talks and conferences.
  • Hello2morrow provides integrated static analysis tools to enable sustainable software development, lower project cost by at least 25%, mitigate risks and improve agility and quality. Sonargraph is an innovative static analysis tool with a focus on architecture and metrics. It is currently the best available tool when it comes to breaking up or renovating monolithic applications. Our newest product Sonargraph-Enterprise allows you to track size and quality metrics for all of your projects in one place. Finally stake holders get some transparency about quality and discussions about necessary refactorings can be based on real data. Our Sonargraph tool family is used by 100’s of customers around the globe. Visit our booth for a demonstration and have a look at our website
  • Apiumhub is a software development hub solving complex problems with our high quality solutions. It’s purpose is to build scalable software, helping clients to strengthen their business with powerful technology.
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Why Sponsor GSAS?

  • Support and Reach out: help the software architecture community to continue growing
  • Promote quality software: associate yourself with innovative thinking and quality software architecture
  • Engage Talent & Recruit: attract talents from diverse backgrounds, have face-to-face conversations with them
  • Branding: increase the reach of your company in the software architecture community
  • Learning: offer your employees the opportunity to learn best practices in software architecture and meet leading software architects in person

If you are interested in sponsoring GSAS this year, please, reach out: [email protected] 

About the supporters 

Also, GSAS is grateful for continued support by these communities:

  • DDD Barcelona
  • BarcelonaJUG
  • WomenWhoCode
  • .NET Barcelona
  • WomenTechmakers
  • Scala Madrid
  • Manfred
  • Code Sherpas 

nterested in helping us spread the word about our upcoming edition to your community? Become GSAS Community Partner: [email protected] 

Get your ticket 

Not convinced yet? Watch trailer from the previous edition here and interviews with testimonials by leading software architects such as: 

And here you may find what GSAS attendees say about the summit

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Right now we still have special prices, don’t wait till the last moment, get your ticket and have this opportunity to choose a practical hands-on workshop that you would like to attend, it is included in the price! Use Promo Code: Apiumhub-community and get a 30% discount! 

See you there?! 


  • Ekaterina Novoseltseva

    Ekaterina Novoseltseva is an experienced CMO and Board Director. Professor in prestigious Business Schools in Barcelona. Teaching about digital business design. Right now Ekaterina is a CMO at Apiumhub - software development hub based in Barcelona and organiser of Global Software Architecture Summit. Ekaterina is proud of having done software projects for companies like Tous, Inditex, Mango, Etnia, Adidas and many others. Ekaterina was taking active part in the Apiumhub office opening in Paseo de Gracia and in helping companies like Bitpanda open their tech hubs in Barcelona.

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