My DevCon 2019 talk discusses how to make it easier to integrate Alfresco with other systems using an event-based approach. Two real world examples are discussed and demonstrated. The first is about reporting against Alfresco metadata. The second is about enriching metadata by running content through a Natural Language Processing (NLP) model. Both solutions work by listening to generic events generated by Alfresco and placed on an Apache Kafka queue. For the reporting example, the Spring Boot consumer subscribes to Kafka events, then fetches metadata via CMIS and indexes that into Elasticsearch. For the NLP example, a separate Spring Boot consumer subscribes to the same events, but in this case, fetches the content, extracts text using Apache Tika, runs the text through Apache OpenNLP, then writes back extracted entities to Alfresco via CMIS. These are relatively simple examples, but illustrate how a de-coupled, asynchronous, event-based approach can make integrating Alfresco with other systems easier.