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SEI Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) News and Updates

The international software architecture community has responded to this year’s SATURN technical program by setting a new attendance record for the SEI Architecture Technology User Group (SATURN) Conference. SATURN, now in its 9th year, will be held at the Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from April 29 to May 3, 2013, and registration is still open. Currently 181 people are registered to attend, breaking the previous SATURN attendance record of 166 attendees in 2011.

In 2009, a popular blogger published a post entitled “SOA is Dead,” which generated extensive commentary among those who work in the field of service-oriented architecture (SOA). Many practitioners in this field completely misinterpreted the post; some read the title and just assumed that the content referenced the demise of SOA. Quite the opposite, the post was inviting people to stop thinking about SOA as a set of technologies and start embracing SOA as an approach for designing, developing, and managing distributed systems that goes beyond just the technology. Unfortunately, even though SOA is still alive and widely adopted, a belief still persists that SOA can be purchased off the shelf. This post at the SEI blog highlights recent research aimed at clarifying this misperception for architects, as well as identifying the elements that constitute a service-oriented system and the relationships between these elements.

International Workshop on the Engineering of Mobile-Enabled Systems (MOBS 2013) in conjunction with ICSE 2013, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A., May 25, 2013 Registration for MOBS 2013 is open. Take advantage of early-bird rates until April 14, 2013.


Mobile apps are becoming important in enterprise and mission-critical systems that make use of contextual information to optimize resource usage and drive business and operational processes. Mobile technology is also reaching people in the field across multiple domains, to help with various tasks such as speech and image recognition, natural language processing, decision making, and mission planning.

5th International Workshop on Principles of Engineering Service-Oriented Systems (PESOS 2013) in conjunction with ICSE 2013, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. May 26, 2013

Registration for PESOS 2013 is open. Take advantage of early-bird rates until April 14, 2013.


Service-oriented architecture (SOA) and service-oriented systems, which are built using the SOA paradigm, are now in the stage of widespread adoption, according to Gartner’s Hype Cycle of Emerging Technologies. Influenced by the stabilizing of certain standards for service integration, and driven by IT cost savings, organizations are starting to incorporate external software services into their systems. Some of these services are hosted in the cloud. From a provider perspective, many commercial companies such as Oracle, SAP, Intuit, and Netflix either have cloud-based offerings of their products or run their businesses completely in the cloud.

As program chairs for SATURN 2013, we would like to provide you an overview of the presentation program (note: information about keynotes by Stephan Murer, Scott Berkun, and Mary Poppendieck, the invited talk by Philippe Kruchten, and tutorial highlights is already available in other blog posts). We received many high quality submissions covering the topics of front-end architecture, back-end architecture, methods and tools, and technical leadership. In total we got contributions from more than 40 companies and organizations across three continents.

In Felix Bachmann's tutorial at SATURN 2013 on Monday, April 29 titled Architectural Coaching, you will learn the essentials of how to successfully coach an architecture team in designing a software system that fulfills what the stakeholders want within the given constraints, such as budget and time. You will learn about the importance of a product vision, the architecting process, and the soft skills required to lead a successful team. In group exercises, you will work with a team to produce the product vision, which gives the team direction and motivation.

In his tutorial on Tuesday, April 30 at SATURN 2013 titled Pragmatic Solution Architecting with Risk- and Cost-Driven Architecture (RCDA), Eltjo Poort, lead expert on solution architecture at CGI (formerly Logica), will present a solution-architecture approach tailored to today's complex architecting environment. RCDA combines practices from enterprise and software architecture. Its risk-and-cost focus centers the approach on concrete drivers and helps teams to explain their architectural choices to managers and other business stakeholders in terms that they can understand.

Fourth International Workshop on Managing Technical Debt at ICSE 2013 San Francisco, California, May 20, 2013 Invited Speaker: Steve McConnell On May 20, 2013, we will be conducting a workshop in conjunction with the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2013) in San Francisco to scrutinize the diverse issues that are related to technical debt and the software development lifecycle.