Lee Atchison

Senior Director, Cloud Architecture

Recognized Industry Cloud Expert

Thought Leader

Lee is a recognized industry leader in cloud computing. He has 31 years of experience and committed his career to architecting and building high scale, cloud-based, service oriented, SaaS applications. He has a specific expertise in building highly available systems.

Lee is the Senior Director, Cloud Architecture at New Relic. Lee leads the evangelism group within New Relic and engages with the greater industry in order to understand best practices, then communicate this back to the industry at large via speaking engagements, customer engagements, articles, and industry interviews.

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"Lee Atchison from New Relic hit it out of the park and down the street with his presentation on highly scaled applications."
Roger Strukhoff in "Cloud Computing on Ulitzer"
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Upcoming Events

The following are some of the events that Lee will be either speaking at or attending and available for meetings and discussions.

Disney Data & Analytics Conference

Where: Orlando, FL
Date: Aug 28, 2018

The Disney Data & Analytics Conference 2018 will bring together over 1,500 executives, managers, and analysts representing over 200 companies and universities, plus all segments of The Walt Disney Company, including Parks & Resorts, Media Networks, Studio Entertainment, and Consumer Products & Interactive Media. Attendees represent an array of analytic disciplines including Revenue Management, Pricing, Forecasting, Marketing Analytics, CRM, Research, Technology, Data Management, and Decision Science. See me at the New Relic booth at the AWS Summit in New York City.

FutureStack 2018/San Francisco

Where: San Francisco, CA
Date: Sep 11, 2018

Accelerate to the Future. An intensive and informative day for modern technology professionals.

  • Modern IT perspectives: Discover the latest insights and best practices for cloud adoption, DevOps, and digital transformation
  • Inspiring speakers: Hear from New Relic leaders, customers, partners, industry thought-leaders, and cloud experts
  • Demos and networking: Learn, discuss, and walk away ready to tackle the challenges of modern IT

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xMatters Flow 18

Where: Radisson Blu, Chicago, IL
Date: Oct 22, 2018

Lee will be giving a keynote presentation at this event.

Flow is THE digital collaboration event of the year, and you do not want to miss out on this epic week of innovation, networking, and education. Whether you’re in a IT or DevOps function, Flow will help you reach new levels of productivity by enabling you with frameworks and strategies to draw insights across your business and establish a proactive mindset.

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Where: Javits Center, New York, NY
Dates: Nov 11, 2018 - Nov 13, 2018

Guest speaker at CloudExpo in New York City.

Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation. DX encompasses the continuing technology revolution, and is addressing society’s most important issues throughout the entire $78 trillion 21st-century global economy.

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Architecting for Scale

Lee is the author of Architecting for Scale by O'Reilly Media. As web applications grow, two things begin to happen. They become significantly more complicated and hence brittle, and they handle significantly larger traffic volume requiring more novel and complicated mechanisms to handle this traffic. This can lead to a death spiral for an application that can lead to brownouts, blackouts, and other quality of service and availability problems. This book helps you avoid this death spiral by teaching you basic techniques for building applications that can reliably handle huge quantities of traffic, as well as huge variability in traffic without impacting the quality your customers expect. *Architecting for Scale* is available at Amazon.com.

Building a Cloud Roadmap

An O'Reilly Online Course

Join cloud expert Lee Atchison to learn best practices for and key challenges you may face when moving a modern software application to the cloud. Lee explains what systemic changes are needed in your company culture to support running in the cloud and walks you through modern software development processes that will help ensure your migration is a success. You'll discover how to improve visibility into the inner workings of your application to speed up the migration process and learn risk management techniques to optimize your migration success.

Lee Atchison