IEEE Software and the SEI Collaborate on SATURN 2012 to Build a Community of Practice

IEEE Software, published by the IEEE Computer Society, and the SEI share a mission in common: both build communities of practice by providing opportunities for practitioners to share their experiences and insights broadly. It is for this reason that in 2010, IEEE Software and the SEI agreed to collaborate on the SATURN Conference.

There are two opportunities for SATURN presenters to take advantage of this collaboration: attendee-selected presenter awards, and articles in IEEE Software derived from SATURN presentations. We encourage SATURN presenters to prepare their presentations with these opportunities in mind.

Since 2010, we 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 and Jeromy Carriere of eBay, Inc. received this award in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

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, and Walter Risi of Pragma Consultores, with his work on sourcing non-traditional talent and revamping existing talent, received this award in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

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 select 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 IEEE Software. The January 2011 issue of IEEE Software featured four such papers, including those of the two award recipients, and the March-April 2012 issue features Walter Risi’s award-winning experience report from the 2011 conference.

The conference staff and the SATURN technical program committee are happy to answer any questions that presenters may have about these opportunities to get the most out of their experience at SATURN 2012. Please direct all questions to

– Ipek Ozkaya, SEI


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