SATURN 2014 Call for Submissions

SATURN 2014 marks the 10th Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) conference—the largest conference dedicated to software architecture in North America. Since 2003, an international audience of practicing software architects, industry thought leaders, developers, technical managers, and researchers have gathered at SATURN to share ideas, insights, and experiences about effective architecture-centric practices for developing and maintaining software-intensive systems.

SATURN 2014 will take place in Portland, Oregon from May 5—May 9, 2014.

Submissions for the SATURN 2014 technical program are now being accepted. Please submit proposals for 30-minute experience-report presentations, 90-minute participatory sessions, and half-day tutorials to the online submission system no later than January 10, 2014. For proposals that are submitted before November 22, 2013, the program committee will provide feedback that submitters can use to refine their proposals before the final deadline.

Visit the SATURN 2014 website for specific submission instructions, important deadlines, and compensation details.

This year’s technical program will cover a variety of subjects organized into three themes: (1) Technology, (2) Methods and Tools, and (3) Leadership and Business. See the suggested topics below for ideas on what topics your submission might cover.


This theme comprises topics related to technology in the context of software architecture. Specific examples and stories (success or failure) that explore how system properties are promoted or inhibited by technology choices are a good fit. Diagrams and code are welcome.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Choosing and using back-end or front-end technologies and frameworks. For example,
    • Web: Ruby on Rails, ASP.Net, Sinatra, jQuery, HTML5/CSS3, Boilerplate, etc.
    • Mobile: Android, Cocoa, Windows Modern/Metro, etc.
    • Server / back-ends: JEE, .Net, JRuby, Node.js, JBoss, etc.
    • Testing: xUnit, Cucumber, Fitnesse, Watir, Selenium, JasmineBDD, etc.
    • Data management: Hibernate, Spring, ADO.Net, LINQ, Object Relational Mappers, etc.
  • Architecting for modern information-management systems and computing styles—big data, NoSQL, MapReduce, stream-based computing, information discovery, indexing/search, or data warehousing
  • Architecting for specific engineering paradigms including
    • Virtualization, multi-tenant, cloud, or stand-alone/dedicated systems
    • Embedded or real-time systems
    • Legacy systems
    • Service-oriented architectures (SOAs), concurrent systems, or event-driven systems
    • High-scale, high-volume systems such as web applications, enterprise resource planning (ERP) packages, and control systems
    • Continuous delivery (e.g., monitoring, predicting faults, managing parallel feature branches for phased rollouts or A/B testing)

Methods and Tools

This theme comprises topics related to experiences tailoring and using software architecture analysis, design, and evaluation methods and supporting tools. Innovative new methods and tools are just as important as variants and lessons from the field using existing methods and tools. Evidence-based experiences and anecdotes are welcome.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Combining methods from different communities; for example, object-oriented analysis and design techniques, lean and agile practices, and architectural methods and notations
  • Enforcing architectural decisions through architecturally evident coding styles, component interface design principles, or architectural patterns
  • Managing software evolution and technical debt, enterprise architecture frameworks, or design for operations
  • Architecting in uncertainty, delaying decisions while remaining effective, or dealing with volatile and quickly changing requirements
  • Model-driven approaches

Leadership and Business

This theme comprises topics related to the software architect’s role in leading teams and making business decisions. Topics relevant to both organizations and professionals that address the human elements of software architecture are a good fit.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Leveraging architecture for project management activities such as estimation, planning, and tracking; planning agile pre-games, conducting architectural spikes and sprint zeros; managing technical risk; supporting make-or-buy decisions
  • Providing architectural coaching, establishing communities of practice, architecture certification, training, and education
  • Succeeding in hard-sell situations; for example, risk identification or assessing business value of refactoring and legacy-system modernization
  • Adopting agile collaboration practices when working with stakeholders
  • Software development on self-organizing teams including highly agile teams or open source projects; enabling effective architectural refactoring and evolution
  • Developing leaders, teams, and organizations that are architecturally aware “systems thinkers” prepared to lead and build the next wave of innovative software systems

This year, in addition to 30-minute presentations and half-day tutorials, the program will also include 90-minute participatory sessions in which at least 50% of the time is dedicated to hands-on, active learning activities with attendees, such as writing code or practicing techniques. Further details are available on the SATURN 2014 website.

All proposals must be submitted to the online submission system no later than January 10, 2014, for consideration in this year’s conference. Proposals will undergo peer review by a program committee of software architecture experts. This year, the program committee will provide feedback on proposals received before November 22, 2013. This feedback can then be used to refine the proposal before the final deadline.

Visit the SATURN 2014 website for specific submission instructions.

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