CT-SPIN #104: Banana for Scale

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Polymorph Systems

Heavily loaded transaction processing systems, struggling clients…  Albert and Chris have been faced with scaling challenges like these, and would like to share their experience. They will present some lessons learnt and they’ll explain why bananas were not suitable for scale.

About the Speakers

Albert is a software architect at Visa. He is the technical lead of the DevOps teamand is trying to improve the world two weeks at a time. Sometimes it works out.

Albert previously worked at Postilion (now ACI), Sanlam, Metafour in London and for Hochschule Konstanz in Germany. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Stellenbosch.

In his free time he gets pulled around by his two Weimaraners and spends money on his Land Rover (sometimes willingly.)

Chris has been working with very small and not-so-small-anymore companies since 1994 in the IT industry in Germany, The Netherlands and South Africa. He enjoys supporting enterprise processes by IT, designs and creates software in complex environments.

Chris strives to write great code and to implement efficient software development methodologies in existing or new teams. He likes the challenges of leadership and motivation to achieve great performance.

He holds an Honours Degree in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Mannheim, Germany.


Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 18h15

Bandwidth Barn, 3rd Floor, Block B, Woodstock Exchange, 66-68 Albert Road, Woodstock

Enter  from Williams St (around the back) which is closer to the lift/stairs. Their offices are in the corner of the building by Williams and Station St. There is parking on Station St and Williams St around the venue. Dial 300 on the intercom if the door isn’t open.


Anyone is free to attend. Please RSVP via Meetup.


18:15 Welcoming and Introduction Dale Humby
18:25 Banana for Scale Albert de Jongh and Chris Oloff
19:25 Closing and Thanks Dale Humby
19:30 Networking & Discussion