SATURN goes into orbit; last seen soaring towards a “booming technical community”

Saturn 2010The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (CMU/SEI)  and IEEE Software Magazine have joined forces for the sixth-annual Software Engineering Institute Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) Conference. The SATURN Conference brings together experts from around the world to exchange best architecture-centric practices in developing, acquiring, and maintaining software-reliant systems. The objective is for architects at all levels meet to share ideas and lessons learned, network, and learn about new and existing technologies.

Traditionally, the conference has been organized at held at the home of CMU/SEI in Pittsburgh, PA. This year, the show hits the road and comes to the Minneapolis Hilton “to continue fostering growth of the network”.

Minnesota: premeditated or happenstance? Ipek Ozkaya, SATURN Conference Chair, describes it this way,

“For our first conference outside of Pittsburgh, we sought a business city that offered a great ambiance and livelihood along with thriving industries, especially in the area of software.  Minneapolis, with its vibrant downtown area, booming technical community and history of hosting successful technical events, was an easy choice.”

The week-long conference runs from May 17-21st; advanced courses and tutorials are on Monday (17), Tuesday (18) and Friday (21). The conference peaks on Wednesday (19) and Thursday (20) with keynotes by Jim Highsmith and Wayne R Longcore.

The theme, “Architechting for change”, is based on the premise that:

Over the lifetime of a system, requirements for it change; organizations that own and use it undergo changes; technologies and technology platforms used with it change; infrastructure supporting it changes; and people and personnel who maintain and manage it change…organizations need their systems to be able to adapt to change while continuing to meet business and mission goals. Yet, organizations must be able to respond to change with agility without compromising quality. Maintaining a balance between architecting for change proactively and responding to change opportunistically continues to be a challenge.

Programming and topics of interest include:

  • managing system evolution through architecture-centric practices
  • preserving architectural support for important system qualities while moving to new technologies
  • case studies of architecting for change
  • techniques, methods, tools, and processes that support the ability to design for change
  • economic and managerial considerations for architecting in a changing environment
  • architecture reconstruction and conformance
  • dealing with technology obsolescence
  • using agile or open approaches to deal effectively with architecture in a changing environment
  • staging architectural decisions to account for resource constraints and changing business goals
  • enabling change through self-adapting systems

Early bird registration for SATURN is available through tomorrow, April 16th. IEEE Software Magazine subscribers save 15% as do SEI Members.