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Internet of Things Being Forgotten in the Internet of Things: Nick Malik at Microsoft Developer Network’s Inside Architecture discusses a complication in European citizens’ new “right to be forgotten” and proposes a solution. Nest: A Small Company and a Big Disruption Enabled by Cloud: Gery Menegaz at IBM’s Thoughts on Cloud explains how the Nest Learning Thermostat made innovative use of cloud technology to turn a profit, help power companies solve a problem, and satisfy a government mandate. Microsoft Backs Open Source for the Internet of Things: Patrick Thibodeau at Computerworld reports that Microsoft has joined the AllSeen Alliance to help promote an open source code framework to standardize device communications. Internet of Things Done Wrong Stifles Innovation: Frank Palermo at InformationWeek considers the “dark side” of the Internet of Things. How will the IoT address security and privacy?

June 12, 2014—From August 4–6, 2014, educators from leading institutions will gather at the SEI's Pittsburgh headquarters for the 11th annual Architecture-Centric Engineering (ACE) Workshop for Educators. The SEI hosts this annual event to foster an ongoing exchange of ideas among educators whose curricula include the subjects of software architecture and software product lines. The event is free of charge and open to any accredited, college-level educator.

Introducing new software languages, tools, and methods in industrial and production environments incurs a number of challenges. Among other necessary changes, practices must be updated, and engineers must learn new methods and tools. These updates incur additional costs, so transitioning to a new technology must be carefully evaluated and discussed. Also, the impact and associated costs for introducing a new technology vary significantly by type of project, team size, engineers’ backgrounds, and other factors, so that it is hard to estimate the real acquisition costs. This blog post at the SEI blog presents research conducted independently of the SEI that aims to evaluate the safety concerns of several unmanned aerial vehiclesystems using the Architecture Analysis and Design Language (AADL) and the SEI safety-analysis tools implemented in OSATE.

Portland, Oregon native and well-known writer and blogger Scott Hanselman spoke at SATURN 2014 this year ("JaveScript, the Cloud, and the New Virtual Machine") and, while there, he interviewed Len Bass for The Hanselminutes Podcast: Fresh Air for Developers. Len is a senior principal researcher at NICTA in Australia. During his long and distinguished career at the SEI, Len was co-author many seminal publications in the field of software architecture including Software Architecture in Practice. In the podcast, Stories of Computer Science Past and Present with Len Bass, Len shares stories from his 40+ year career in software.

Sixth International Workshop on Managing Technical Debt Co-located with 30th International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME 2014) Victoria, British Columbia, Canada September 30, 2014 http://www.sei.cmu.edu/community/td2014/ Technical debt is a metaphor that software developers and managers increasingly use to communicate key tradeoffs related to release and quality issues. The Managing Technical Debt workshop series has, since 2010, brought together practitioners and researchers to discuss and define issues related to technical debt and how they can be studied. Workshop participants reiterate the usefulness of the metaphor each year, share emerging practices used in software development organizations, and emphasize the need for more research and better means for sharing emerging practices and results.