#7: Serverless at LifeWorks with Scott Smethurst and Diana Ionita (Part 1)
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This is part 1 of my conversation with Scott Smethurst and Diana Ionita about their work at LifeWorks. We talked about the story of LifeWorks, a wellbeing startup that were acquired for $400M, in part, thanks to the heroics of Scott and Diana. They implemented business critical features using serverless technologies, delivered them under severe time constraints and created significant business value which played a part in the acquisition.

We talked about how they made their systems multi-region and geo-partitioned their user data. We discussed why they opted for Apollo server instead of AppSync and the challenges of transitioning to a serverless way of doing things - including changing in mindset, local debugging and testing.

Check out org-formation, an open-source tool to help you manage your AWS organization using infrastructure-as-code (IAC) and CloudFormation-like syntax.

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Opening theme song:
Cheery Monday by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3495-cheery-monday/
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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