Getting Ready for Portland: 5 Quirky Things

SATURN 2014 will be in Portland, Oregon on May 5-9, 2014.

Portland: A doughnut shop where you can get married. An ice cream counter that tops sundaes with worms. A museum where vacuum cleaners are out of the closet. A city park that can fit only one person at a time. Costumed adults who ride bikes with banana seats down a 710-foot hill.

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Fourth Keynote Added to SATURN Program: Dianne Marsh of Netflix

We are happy to announce that we have added a fourth keynote speaker to the SATURN 2014 technical program. Dianne Marsh, director of engineering for Netflix in Los Gatos, Ca. will speak about Engineering Velocity: Continuous Delivery at Netflix at 9:00 am on May 8, 2014 in Portland, Oregon.

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Free SEI Webinar, Software Architecture: Trends and New Directions

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Date: March 27, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. ET – 12:30 p.m. ET     
Cost:
Free

Join SEI researchers in a live virtual event offering insights into how to use architecture practices more effectively to build better systems efficiently and productively. SEI Fellow Linda Northrop will kick off the event with an introduction and overview.

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Topics to be covered:

  • Ian Gorton on Software Architecture for Big Data Systems

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New This Year at SATURN 2014: Open Space

Post-conference surveys and informal feedback have indicated that SATURN attendees value the opportunity to network and to share experiences and insights with peers and colleagues each year at SATURN. In response, the program committee this year has built into the program an Open Space event, which will run concurrently with the rest of the conference.

“Open spaces have no set program or agenda,” says Technical Chair Michael Keeling. “The idea is that participants will bring what excites them. This can help participants make the conference what they want it to be. I expect this will be a critical part of the learning experience we have at SATURN.”

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SATURN Loves Students: 50% off Registration

We are offering a special incentive for students to attend SATURN, the SEI conference on software architecture and design topics.

The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) is a professional network of software, systems, and enterprise architects from around the world, representing industry, academia, and government.

Each year the SEI sponsors the SATURN software architecture conference. SATURN 2014 will be held in Portland, Oregon, May 5-9, 2014. SATURN attracts an international audience of practicing software architects, industry thought leaders, developers, technical managers, and researchers to share ideas, insights, and experience about effective architecture-centric practices for developing and maintaining software-intensive systems. SATURN is designed for practitioners who are responsible for producing robust software architectures as well as for those who view software architecture as critical to the achievement of their business or organizational missions.

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Distinguished Speakers, Strong Technical Program Set for SATURN 2014

See this article on the SEI website about the SATURN 2014 software architecture conference.

Technical Chair Michael Keeling on How to Get the Most Out of SATURN 2014

The SATURN 2014 schedule was officially published to the conference website last week. Creating the program schedule for the core conference turned out to be much more challenging than I expected. I think this was an unintended side effect of having so many great submissions. The biggest problem for me was trying to overcome the impossible task of creating a schedule where I get to see all the talks I want to see! There are just too many amazing presentations. As a conference organizer, I can tell you that this is a great problem to have.

Looking at this year’s program, I truly believe that you cannot go wrong with any course of sessions that you pick. So rather than talk about the highlights as I see them (I think the entire program is awesome), allow me to share some strategies for how you might build your perfect SATURN conference experience. Again, you really can’t make a bad decision, so ultimately it’s all about understanding what you want to get out of the conference.

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The SATURN 2014 Technical Program is Published, and It Is Amazing!

The SATURN 2014 technical program is now published on the SATURN 2014 website.

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SATURN 2014 Line-up of Tutorials

by Neil Ernst, SATURN 2014 Tutorials Chair

We have a great tutorial line-up this year that I would like to share. Since tutorials at SATURN are half-day sessions, they provide the presenters time for an in-depth exploration. I think attendees of SATURN 2014 will be particularly impressed by the breadth and depth of our program.

On Tuesday, May 6, we have five tutorials scheduled.

  • George Fairbanks, Google, and author of Just Enough Software Architecture, will cover “Architecture Hoisting” (T1), techniques for moving responsibility from the code to the architecture.
  • Stephany Bellomo and Rick Kazman, from the Software Engineering Institute, in Tutorial T2, will introduce deployability and DevOps techniques, then discuss architectural approaches and patterns to reduce build time and shorten the feedback cycle.
  • In the afternoon sessions, Len Bass, of Australia’s National IT Research Centre, will discuss the implications of DevOps on system design (T3). For example, how does moving to a continuous-deployment approach change how the architecture is designed and implemented? This makes a nice complement to the earlier tutorial from Bellomo and Kazman for those desiring a full menu of deployability fare.
  • Pradyumn Sharma (@PradyumnSharma) of Pragati Software will cover NoSQL databases (T4). If you’ve been hearing this term for a few years now and need to really get a good sense for the landscape, Pradyumn will cover the fundamentals for you, basing the session on real-world examples.
  • Finally on Tuesday, Eltjo Poort (@eltjopoort) of CGI will cover the CGI Risk and Cost-Driven Architecture approach (RCDA) in T5. He will discuss how CGI has used RCDA to implement lean and agile architectures in their global software business. RCDA is a recognized architecture method in The Open Group’s architect certification program.

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New and Discounted Courses Offered at SATURN 2014

For the first time at SATURN 2014, which will be held in Portland, Oregon, May 5-9, 2014, the SEI will offer a new one-day course titled Big Data–Architectures and Technologies. The course will be available to SATURN attendees on Tuesday, May 6 and will be taught by SEI instructors Ian Gorton and John Klein. This course is designed for architects and technical stakeholders such as product managers, development managers, and systems engineers involved in the development of big-data applications. It focuses on the relationship among application software, data models, and deployment architectures and how specific technology selection relates to all of these.

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