Since 2010, the SEI and IEEE have been conferring two attendee-selected awards at SATURN. The IEEE Software SATURN Architecture in Practice Presentation Award is given to the presentation that best describes experiences, methods, and lessons learned from the implementation of architecture-centric practices. Anthony Tsakiris of Ford Motor Company, Jeromy Carriere of eBay, Inc., and Michael Keeling of Vivisimo received this award in 2010, 2011, and 2012 respectively. This year’s award winner was Simon Brown of Coding the Architecture for his presentation titled The Conflict Between Agile and Architecture: Myth or Reality.
The second award, the IEEE Software SATURN New Directions Presentation Award, is given to the presentation that best describes innovative new approaches and thought leadership in the application of architecture-centric practices. Olaf Zimmermann, with his work on SOA architecture decision modeling, Walter Risi of Pragma Consultores, with his work on sourcing non-traditional talent and revamping existing talent, and Arjen Uittenbogaard of Inspearit for his work on storytelling and mythology for architects received this award in 2010, 2011, and 2012 respectively. This year’s award winner was Darryl Nelson of Raytheon for his presentation titled Next-Gen Web Architecture for the Cloud Era.
In addition to reflecting the high regard of SATURN attendees, these awards also contribute to the maturation of the practice of software architecture by recognizing sound and innovative practices.
A committee composed of IEEE Software board members and SEI staff members also selects a number of presentations, including those of the awards recipients, to be further developed into papers that are then considered for publication in IEEE Software. The selected papers go through the rigorous review process of IEEE Software, and the schedule builds in opportunities for feedback to the authors and mentoring in how to write an experience report. Selected papers are then published in the Insights section of IEEE Software.
SATURN 2013 drew 209 attendees, the most ever at a SATURN conference, 133 of whom had never before attended SATURN. There were 20 countries and 117 organizations represented.