LifeWay is no exception in the publishing industry when it comes to change. Every publisher across the world has been rocked by the changes that the tech industry has been throwing at this centuries old business model of publishing content. Consumers today simply demand a new way to consume content, and if you don’t provide it to them, they can get it somewhere else in just a few clicks.
The companies that are staying successful have a common thread: their embrace of technology to replace traditional revenue streams, and their choosing to be innovators in their space to stay relevant. At LifeWay, we believe we are also on the edge of this digital revolution. Our Consumer Platforms team within IT is following in the patterns of many of our larger non-faith based cousins. We are embracing the Reactive Manifesto and believe that in a content based world, being reactive is an absolute requirement to stay relevant and viable in the long-term. Downtime of any amount – is not acceptable, systems that don’t auto scale on demand – is not acceptable, and systems that don’t respond in real-time to customer or business events – is not acceptable.
Don’t get me wrong, we have by no means arrived at this destination of being fully reactive per the terms of the manifesto. Many of our current products had been developed in more traditional mindsets in previous years. But – we recognize that we have to get there just as our publishing cousins have realized it. There are some interesting things that happen however with this realization: instead of being “traditional” or adopting technology slowly we have to be innovators and adopt new things quickly as our entire industry evolves. Not exactly what you would expect for a Christian publishing company, is it? Many of our interview candidates are shocked at what we are getting into and where we are going. Let it be no surprise – we are here to stay and we are here to innovate. Our newest stacks are moving rapidly to reactive and functional based languages based on the TypeSafe platform, but that’s just the development stack – the architecture implemented in the stack gets even more interesting with Domain Driven Design and CQRS/event sourcing.
Part of adopting new technologies earlier than the entire enterprise market traditionally does, means that occasionally your selection of Open Source libraries to solve some of your problems can be rather limiting or a little behind. As a result, some solutions you just have to write yourself. Recognizing this, enter an unexpected new kind of product from LifeWay: Open Source Software. Initially, we are just contributing to other libraries that we depend on to solve our everyday problems, but in the long hall – it may be possible that we contribute back to the open source community with our own products – similar to what many of our publishing cousins have done. Why would we choose to do this? We believe, that great software and forward thinking environments attract great engineers. Great engineers produce great products. Great products, produce happy customers and a viable future for the company. So be sure to follow us on Github: https://github.com/lifeway as we begin to take our first baby steps into the open source world.
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