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The SATURN blog is moving

Our new address is http://insights.sei.cmu.edu/saturn/.

Please update your bookmarks and continue to visit often in our new location. And thank you for your engagement and participation!

First Software Solutions Conference, Arlington, Va., Nov. 16-18, 2015

Software: Catalyst of Change

With the increasing reliance on and penetration of software into everyday lives, the need for organizations to predictably develop, acquire, and sustain high-quality software systems has never been greater. To address this need, the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is pleased to announce that it will host its first Software Solutions Conference (SSC) at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Va., from Nov. 16 through 18.

Review the conference program here.
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Please help the SEI make its website more effective

The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is conducting design research on the SEI website in an effort to make the site more user friendly. We are asking for the help of those with a technical background to take a brief usability test, which requires technical knowledge though there are no right or wrong answers. The test should take about 10-15 minutes, and those who take it will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 Amazon gift card (you will be asked for your email address, which will be used to select the winning participant).

The test will be open until Friday, August 21 and can be accessed at http://ows.io/tj/y3u67ty6

Thanks in advance for your help!

Rwandan Student Discovers Passion for Software Architecture at SATURN 2015

Gloria Ingabire, a student in the master’s of science in information technology program at Carnegie Mellon’s Rwanda campus, gave a presentation at SATURN 2015 in April. This article describes her experience at SATURN in her first trip to the United States.

Gloria Ingabire

Gloria Ingabire

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.

Microservices to Go on Trial at SATURN 2015

At SATURN 2015, the software architecture community will put microservices on trial.

Here is an abstract of this event, which will take place on Tuesday, April 28, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm:

Microservices architecture has emerged as a widely discussed style of building distributed web and internet systems. Proponents argue that this variant of service-oriented architecture (SOA) is well suited to address the challenges of cloud computing, scalability, increased flexibility, and complexity, among others.

But haven’t we seen this all before? Is there really anything new and interesting about microservices architecture? Or is this simply a case of history repeating itself, like the last time service-oriented architectures were all the rage?

Microservices architecture is hereby charged with being an attractive nuisance in the first degree. SATURN 2015 has recruited an expert panel of judges to debate the benefits and perils of microservices architecture and help you, the jury, learn the facts and determine the final verdict.

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Seventh International Workshop on Managing Technical Debt (MTD 2015)

Seventh International Workshop on Managing Technical Debt (MTD 2015)
October 2nd 2015, Bremen, Germany, in conjunction ICSME 2015

http://www.sei.cmu.edu/community/td2015/

Delivering complex, large-scale systems faces the ongoing challenge of how best to balance rapid deployment with long-term value. Theoretical foundations and empirical evidence for analyzing and optimizing short- term versus long-term goals in large-scale projects are needed. From the original description—“not quite right code, which we postpone making right”—various people have used the metaphor of technical debt to describe many kinds of debts or ills of software development. On one hand, the practitioner community has increased interest in understanding and managing debt. On the other hand, the research community has an opportunity to study this phenomenon and improve the way it is handled. We can offer software engineers a foundation for managing such tradeoffs based on models of their economic impacts.

The workshop will be held in conjunction with the International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME 2015), September 29–October 1, 2015, Bremen, Germany.

For more information and to participate, see the Workshop Program.