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Mobile apps and smartphones are only one instance of today’s mobile computing technology
From a systems and software architecture perspective, mobile devices and sensors are being integrated into IT solutions and re-shaping the way that systems are built. We call these systems mobile-enabled systems. In these systems the mobile device is not simply a “unit” but rather a “node” that is part of a much larger system. The impact that mobility has on software architecture and how the software architecture research community can help address many relevant issues will be discussed in the Workshop on Architecting Mobile-enabled Systems (AMeS), thus providing new insights on the key challenges faced by architects of mobile-enabled systems. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the 11th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA 2014), April 8, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. For more information and to participate, see the Call for Papers.

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.

Fifth International Workshop on Managing Technical Debt Co-located with Empirical Software Engineering International Week (ESEIW 2013) Baltimore, Maryland October 9, 2013 http://www.sei.cmu.edu/community/td2013esem/The technical debt metaphor is gaining significant traction in the development community as a way to understand and communicate the issues surrounding the delivery of increasingly complex software-reliant systems that demands better ways to manage the long-term effects of short-term expedients. However,

"...there is a plethora of attention-grabbing pronouncements in cyberspace that have not been evaluated before they were published, often reflecting the authors' guesses and experience on the subject of Technical Debt." - Spinola et al. 2013

From May 19–26 2013, many SEI staff members participated in the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), the premiere venue for research in software engineering. The conference was in its 35th year, and ran over seven days in downtown San Francisco. You can find post-conference materials here, or here. This blog post discusses some of the activities of SEI staff in the Architecture Practices initiative. ICSE is a great opportunity for SEI technical staff to present emerging results, listen to other researchers, engage with industry practitioners, and continue the SEI’s leading role in the software engineering research community.

This September, the SEI will be coming to Los Angeles to offer two onsite professional development courses, Documenting Software Architectures and Software Architecture Design and Analysis. Successful completion of these two courses fulfills two of the four requirements toward the SEI Software Architecture Professional Certificate, which can help you gain the skills and acquire the experience to enhance your career.