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 and Jeromy Carriere of eBay, Inc. received this award in 2010 and 2011 respectively. This year’s award winner was Michael Keeling of Vivisimo for his presentation titled Creating An Architecture Oral History: Minimalist Techniques for Describing Systems.
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. This year’s award winner was Arjen Uittenbogaard of Inspearit for his presentation titled Mythology for Architects.
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 SATURN 2011 award recipients, and the March-April 2012 issue featured Walter Risi’s award-winning experience report from the 2011 conference.
SATURN 2012 drew 145 attendees, 112 of whom had never before attended a SATURN conference. There were 17 countries and 75 organizations represented.