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Erika Newland

Erika Newland

Senior Software Engineer & Technical Lead - Orum

Erika is a Senior Software Engineer and Technical Lead at Erika joined Orum at seed stage, and the timing of her arrival, along with her passion for solving increasingly complex problems has provided Erika the opportunity to scale her career synergistically with scaling the payments platform and engineering team at Orum. Positions prior to Orum at N26 and BlackRock laid the technical and mentorship foundation that Erika leans on daily in her work designing systems and writing code. Prior to a mid-career change to software engineering, Erika worked in mathematics and science education.

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Event-based architectures for payments platforms


Resiliency is a critical component of a robust payment ecosystem. In all software systems, tradeoffs between speed, user experience, and scale pose challenges. In real-time, 24/7/365, multi-rail money movement, requirements for handling volatile and unpredictable volumes, managing operational risk, and gleaning data insights increase the dimensionality of the problem. In this talk, we will share our experience building an event-based systems architecture utilizing modern-day infrastructure as code and light-weight AWS service offerings. The result is a fast, reliable, scalable, and data-focused payment system.