Rich Program Earns Praise from SATURN 2015 Conference Attendees

See this summary of the SATURN 2015 Conference on the SEI website.

Microservices Workshop at SATURN 2015

On Monday, April 27, before the start of SATURN 2015, a small group of 16 software engineers met to explore ideas around the emerging microservices architecture trend. Microservices have seen a rapid rise in popularity over the past year or so, and we thought it would make an interesting topic of discussion. Sam Newman’s book covers significant ground and yet there there are still many nuances that we don’t fully understand.

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Gregor Hohpe’s Impressions of SATURN 2015

We were honored to have Gregor Hohpe, chief IT architect at Allianz, as one of our three keynote speakers this year at SATURN. In fact, we have been trying for several years to persuade Gregor to speak for us; this was the first time we succeeded.

Gregor has kindly posted his impressions of SATURN 2015 to his blog, and I urge you to read them. SATURN, writes Gregor, is “an amazing event [that is] a perfect blend of structured thinking from the academic edge combined with valuable industry experience.”

Many thanks to Gregor for his contributions to SATURN 2015 and his great blog post.

Bill Pollak
SATURN 2015 General Chair

SATURN 2015 Awards Conferred

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. This year’s award winners were Jochem Schulenklopper and Eelco Rommes of inspearit for their presentation titled Why They Just Don’t Get It: Communicating Architecture to Business Stakeholders.

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. This year’s award winners were Rebecca Wirfs-Brock of Wirfs-Brock Associates and Joseph Yoder of The Refactory, Inc. for their presentation titled QA to AQ: Shifting from Quality Assurance to Agile Quality.

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.

SATURN 2015 Keynote: Rethinking Architecture in the Context of DevOps (Session Notes)

Mark Schwartz, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Schwartz discussed some projects that he has led and lessons learned from the experiences in building systems for the government. He is CIO of one of three agencies that deal with immigration. USCIS processes 7 million applications per year for green cards, refugee status, citizenship, and other cases. USCIS is part of the Department of Homeland Security, which is important because the agency is under two tiers of enterprise architecture, and everybody wants to tell everybody else what to do. USCIS manages about 70 legacy IT systems, and Schwartz discussed three new projects.

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SATURN 2015: Leading Change: Engaging Critical Stakeholders for Project Success (Session Notes)

Marisa Sanchez, Independent Consultant

Sanchez works in the arena of large-scale technology change and facilitated a participatory session on how to engage your most critical stakeholders to support your project. Her stakeholder engagement framework has three steps: (1) identify stakeholders, (2) analyze stakeholders, and (3) develop engagement strategies.

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SATURN 2015: The Architectural Analysis for Security (AAFS) Method

Jungwoo Ryoo, Pennsylvania State University, and Rick Kazman, University of Hawaii and Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute

by Jacob Tate, Mount St. Mary’s University

In his talk titled “Architectural Analysis for Security (AAFS),” Jungwoo Ryoo explained that there is an absence of security practices in software architecture. His research concerns developing and implementing a methodology to test and secure software systems starting at the design phase. The architectural analysis is basically a structured way of discovering these security issues. It has frequently been common to implement methods like this after the design of the system, and Dr. Ryoo warned against this.

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SATURN 2015: Maturing Agile Teams and Driving Quality Through Architecture Principles (Session Notes)

Amine Chigani and Yun Freund, GE Software

At GE, software is a horizontal capability in the company, with over 14,000 software professionals in the business. GE Software is launching the Predix™ platform, which will be a common theme across all of GE’s industries, and the company will make this platform available to the world later this year.

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SATURN 2015: Agilizing the Architecture Department (Session Notes)

Eltjo Poort, CGI

Poort’s job is to review bids and projects and contribute to standardizing and improving architecture practice, based on what he finds in those reviews. In this experience report, he described experiences implementing a solution-architecting approach developed at CGI at a client’s organization.

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SATURN 2015: Programming in the 1960s: A Personal History (Session Notes)

Len Bass

by Jacob Tate, Mount St. Mary’s University

Len Bass gave us a witty and comical presentation titled “Programming in the 1960s: A Personal History.” He took us through his early education and career in computer science.

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