Something for Everyone at SATURN 2012

Whether you are an aspiring software architect or an experienced practitioner, the SATURN 2012 Conference offers courses, presentations, tutorials, and talks tailored to your level of knowledge and experience.

Relative newcomers to architecture-centric engineering and development can take the introductory course in the SEI Software Architecture Curriculum, Software Architecture: Principles and Practices (SAPP) on Monday and Tuesday, May 7-8 at a discounted price. This popular course, offered each year at SATURN and taught this year by Rob Wojcik of the SEI, introduces participants to the essentials of software architecture. Also offered at SATURN this year is a half-day tutorial on Tuesday, May 8 by Peter Eeles of IBM Rational titled Software Architect 101. This tutorial (T1) provides attendees with a solid grounding in all aspects of software architecture and a framework on which they can build a deeper understanding of the role of the architect. Other Tuesday tutorials cover effective stakeholder collaboration (T2), integration of software architecture-centric methods into object-oriented analysis and design (T3), and architectural implications of cloud computing (T4).

Advanced practitioners will be challenged by the newest course from the SEI, offered publicly for the first time this year at SATURN. The Advanced Software Architecture Workshop, to be taught by Felix Bachmann of the SEI on Monday and Tuesday, May 7-8, guides participants through a typical architecture-improvement cycle in a concrete project setting. Friday, May 11, the final day of the conference, offers advanced tutorials on following an architecturally-evident coding style (T5); strategically managing technical debt to take advantage of time-sensitive opportunities, fulfill market needs, and acquire stakeholder feedback (T6); software architecture evolution and architectural refactoring (T7); and designing secure architectures using security patterns (T8).

Keynotes, plenary talks, and presentations during the conference on Wednesday and Thursday May 9-10 cover a similarly wide range of topics in sessions on agile architecture, collaboration, evolution and extensibility, certification and culture, architecture and process, facilitated architecture techniques, large scale, architect skills, and enterprise architecture. To find out more about the range of learning and networking opportunities at SATURN for both aspiring and experienced architects, view the preliminary program.

We hope you will consider registering for SATURN 2012 before April 9, 2012 and take advantage of the $250 early-bird discount on conference registration. To register, go to


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