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SATURN 2010 Technical Program

This week I have in my to-do list writing a blog post about the SATURN 2010 program as the technical chair. You have the benefit of the program laid out for you at the SATURN conference page, far better than I can do here. So instead, I will reflect on the process of putting together the program for SATURN from my perspective and why I am excited about it.

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Software Architects: Are You Losing Ground if You Are Not Credentialed?

As previously announced here, we at the SEI are planning a track on architecture certification at SATURN 2010, including a panel discussion with representatives from Siemens, the International Association of Software Architects (IASA), the SEI, and other organizations.

An example of the increasing demand for credentialed architecture expertise comes from the U.S. Army. In a memo signed by Lieutenant General N. Ross Thompson, principal military deputy for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (Mil Dept of ASA [ALT]), on May 26, 2009, the U.S. Army mandated that all program executive offices (PEOs) appoint a chief software architect (CSWA) to be responsible for oversight and management of software development within each PEO. The memo also specified that the CSWA must earn a Software Architecture Professional Certificate from the SEI (or equivalent).

An article by R. Rivera, “Am I Doing Architecture or Design Work?” (IT Professional, Volume 9,  Issue 6,  Nov.-Dec. 2007 Page(s):46 – 48) discusses architecture certification at Hewlett-Packard Services and speculates that “Certification might become mandatory over time in the same way that Project Management Institute certification is expected for all HP Services program and project managers.”

Architecture certification, the coming wave

Certification programs for software architects abound. How can you tell which programs best measure an architect’s capabilities? Or which ones are right for you? SATURN 2010 plans a track on architecture certification to pull together details on certification programs.