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Exploring Technical Tracks at SATURN 2012

The SATURN 2012 technical committee has put together a robust program of technical sessions, courses, tutorials, keynote presentations, and plenary talks that will allow practitioners at every level to walk away with knowledge that they can use at their organizations immediately.

Choose your path at the SATURN 2012 Conference on May 7-11, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Technical sessions will be divided into 8 tracks designed around aspects of software architecture from collaboration within an organization, to large-scale systems’ use of architecture-centric engineering. Architects at any level can delve deeper into the aspects of software architecture they choose. Personalize your SATURN 2012 experience by choosing from the 8 technical tracks: Continue reading


Strolling in St. Petersburg, Florida

As SATURN 2012 approaches, look past the conference venue for a number of exciting things to do and see in St. Petersburg, Florida during your stay. Here is our take on the Top 5 Ways to Experience St. Pete:

1.     Peek Out From the Pier

The St. Petersburg Pier, a five-story inverted pyramid 3000 feet from the water’s edge, houses specialty shops, bars and restaurants, and the Pier Aquarium. Rent a bike at Wheel Fun Rentals and glide past palm trees and docked sailboats. Dive into the water for dolphin cruises, fishing, and boat rentals, or hang out on the Pier for live music on Sundays from 1pm-4pm.

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Five Ways to Make Your Presentation Stick at SATURN 2012

Speakers, now that SATURN 2012 registration is open, it’s time to start thinking about the presentation you’ll be giving at the conference in May. Even experts get pre-presentation jitters, and whether you’re a first-time presenter or a veteran presenter, don’t let yourself get caught off guard the day of.

Presenting at SATURN gives you the unique opportunity to boost your résumé, make invaluable professional contacts, and garner feedback from your peers. Perhaps most importantly, your presentation will be considered for publishing in a future issue of IEEE Software magazine. To make your time at the podium count, read through our Five Ways to Make Your Presentation Stick:

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Stal and Hunt to Keynote the SATURN 2012 Conference

Michael Stal and Andy Hunt, two leading thinkers in the fields of software architecture and software engineering, will deliver keynote presentations at the SATURN 2012 conference. SATURN is the Software Engineering Institute’s annual conference devoted to software and systems architecture. SATURN 2012 will be held May 7-11, 2012 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Michael Stal is principal engineer at Siemens Corporate Research and Technologies. His main research topics address software architecture for distributed and/or embedded systems. He coaches projects within the various business units at Siemens and is in charge of educating the Siemens senior software architects. Stal earned a PhD from the University of Groningen where he has been appointed professor for software engineering. In addition, Stal co-authored the Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture (POSA) book series.

Andy Hunt is a programmer turned consultant, author, and publisher. Hunt was one of the 17 founders of the Agile Alliance and also one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto. He co-founded the Pragmatic Bookshelf, publishing award-winning and critically-acclaimed books for software developers. He also has authored award-winning and best-selling books, including The Pragmatic Programmer, co-written by Dave Thomas, and six other books, including the his latest, Pragmatic Thinking and Learning.

In line with the SATURN 2012 conference theme “Architecture: Catalyst for Collaboration,” both keynote speakers will explore how practitioners can collaborate effectively across geographical, cultural, and technical boundaries to solve system problems.

See the SATURN 2012 website in January 2012 for more details about the keynote addresses as well as the preliminary conference program.

Abstracts for SATURN 2012 Due by November 30

The deadline for submitting presentation and tutorial abstracts for the SEI Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) 2012 Conference is quickly approaching.

As a presenter at SATURN 2012, you have the opportunity not only to gather feedback from peers and gain valuable experience to boost your résumé, but also to have your presentation considered for publishing in a future issue of IEEE Software magazine. On top of that, conference speakers also receive 40% off full-conference registration.

The conference committee is accepting abstracts on a variety of topics that align with the conference theme “Architecture: Catalyst for Collaboration,” which will aim to explore how effective collaboration across geographical, cultural, and technical boundaries is increasingly prevalent and essential to system success. Potential topics include

•    collaboration in software development, for example, architecture in an Agile project
•    collaboration in the context of mobile computing, cloud computing, social networking, open frameworks, and service-oriented architecture
•    knowledge management for effective collaboration
•    systems of systems and ultra-large-scale systems: how to achieve collaboration across independently funded and managed organizations
•    multi-agent systems and collaboration among non-human entities such as software and networks
•    collaborative design and architecture tools

The deadline to submit your abstract is November 30, 2011. Share your knowledge and experience with the software architecture community by responding to the call for submissions today.

Three Days Left to Save $250 on the SATURN 2011 Conference

Time is running out to register and receive $250 in savings on the SATURN 2011 Conference. Early bird registration ends this Friday, April 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Conference and tutorial rates will increase after April 15, so make sure to register today and maximize your savings.

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Don’t forget to book your accommodations. The San Francisco Airport Marriott, the official conference hotel of the SATURN 2011 Conference, is offering a special group rate for SATURN attendees.

Visit the travel and venue section of the SATURN Conference website to book your hotel stay.

The SATURN 2011 program is packed with more than 30 top-notch technical sessions, engaging speakers, educational tutorials and courses, and multiple opportunities for networking and knowledge-sharing. Sessions, talks, and tutorials will cover some of the hottest topics in the field including

  • Service-oriented architecture
  • Cloud computing
  • Agile and architecture
  • Architecture is not just for architects
  • Architecture-centric engineering
  • Model-driven architecture
  • Soft skills for architects
  • Research in architecture practices
  • Architectural knowledge management

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Preview the SATURN 2011 Program

Why Attend SATURN 2011?
By attending SATURN 2011, you will enjoy a robust program that includes technical sessions and tutorials as well as courses and networking opportunities with software and systems professionals from around the world.

A Wide Selection of Tutorials
Eight tutorials will be held on Tuesday, May 17 and Friday, May 20 covering a variety of engaging subjects such as agile, architectural knowledge management, acquisition, managing technical debt, and cloud computing.

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SATURN 2011 Early Bird Registration Closing Soon

Reserve your place today at SATURN 2011 and save up to $250! The early-bird rate is available until April 15, 2011. Don’t miss the opportunity to get the largest savings possible for the annual conference designed for architecture practitioners and for those who view software architecture as a critical element in the achievement of their business or organizational missions.

To register and learn more about the SATURN 2011 conference, visit the SATURN 2011 website at

Registration is Now Open for SATURN 2011

Reserve your place at SATURN 2011, the annual conference designed for practitioners who are responsible for producing robust software architectures and for those who view software architecture as a critical element in the achievement of their business or organizational missions.

The SATURN 2011 Conference, presented by the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute in collaboration with IEEE Software magazine, celebrates its seventh year by exploring “Seven Things You Need to Know About the Next Seven Years in Architecture.”  The program includes

  • Three internationally celebrated keynote speakers
  • Engaging talks by several IEEE speakers
  • Tutorials and technical sessions from world-class practitioners
  • Discussions on the latest research and trends in software architecture
  • Courses in service-oriented architecture (SOA) and software architecture principles and practices
  • Opportunities to expand your professional network and interact with leaders in the architecture field

Register by April 15, 2011 to take advantage of early bird savings up to $250. To register and review rates, visit the SATURN 2011 registration page.

We hope to see you in California!

Submit Presentation Abstracts for SATURN 2011 by November 30

The deadline for submitting presentation abstracts for the SEI Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) 2011 conference is quickly approaching. Abstracts for presentations and/or half-day tutorial sessions will be accepted until 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on November 30, 2010.

We are looking for individuals who have real-world examples, insights, innovative ideas, or an exciting perspective on software architecture to share with fellow software professionals.

The theme for the SATURN 2011 conference is Architecting the Future with a focus on architecture methods, techniques, and practices that will shape the future of architecture and enable architecture to shape our future. We’re calling this “7 Things You Need to Know about the Next 7 Years in Architecture.”

For more information on topics, format, terms and conditions, and submission details, visit the SATURN 2011 website at

The SATURN 2011 Conference will be held at the San Francisco Airport Marriott in Burlingame, California May 16-20, 2011. SATURN is presented by the SEI in collaboration with IEEE Software magazine. Selected conference papers will be featured in a future issue of IEEE Software.

We look forward to receiving your submission, and we hope to see you in California!