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PRO WORKSHOP (MICROSERVICES): Out with the Old “Lift and Shift” - New Techniques for Modernizing Legacy Apps for Cloud Native


Moti Rafalin
vFunction, Co-Founder

Moti Rafalin co-founded vFunction and serves as its CEO. He brings over 20 years of experience in the enterprise software market to his role, with a focus on infrastructure, applications, and security. Prior to co-founding vFunction, Moti co-founded and led WatchDox from inception until its acquisition by BlackBerry, growing the company over 20 consecutive quarters and establishing it as a leader in the secure enterprise mobility and collaboration space. Subsequently he served as Senior Vice President at BlackBerry LTD.

Prior to co-founding WatchDox, he served as the General Manager of the Application Management Business at EMC. Moti served in the Israel Air Force where he led teams of engineers, technicians and operational officers through cutting edge technological projects. He is a graduate of the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Modernizing legacy applications is a critical element of enterprise digital transformation today. Without enhancing technology, technical debt becomes too costly to maintain causing customer and business interruptions and leaving a company increasingly vulnerable to the competition. Enterprises who have tried to lift-and-shift their monolithic applications are often disappointed with their results because “lift and shift” methods don’t allow for enterprises to take full advantage of the value cloud brings. It’s not until a business has refactored their legacy applications into microservices that the true benefits of the cloud can be realized. In this session, Moti Rafalin, CEO and Co-founder of vFunction, will present the four key benefits of moving legacy applications to a cloud native architecture (increased business agility, lower costs, improved scalability and accelerated engineering velocity), and introduce new techniques and best practices to accelerate the app modernization process and a company’s journey to cloud native architecture. This technical workshop will also include insights into how architects and developers can leverage advances in dynamic analysis, data science, and graph theory to advance microservice architecture refactoring to accelerate and refine the decomposition of monolithic applications into microservices.