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12th SATURN Technical Program Explores Cutting-Edge Methods and Essential Skills for Software Architects

Press Release

Pittsburgh, Pa., February 23, 2016—The technical program for SATURN 2016, the 12th annual SEI Architecture Technology User Network Conference, is now complete, and registration is open. SATURN 2016 will be held May 2 to 5 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, California. As the premier software architecture conference for senior engineers, SATURN offers keynotes and sessions on both essential skills and cutting-edge methods for software architects.

Highlights of this year’s program include

  • Keynote addresses from Grady Booch, IBM Fellow and chief scientist at IBM/Watson; Daniel Jackson, professor of Computer Science at MIT, a MacVicar teaching fellow, and associate director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; and Joseph Salvo, director of Industrial Internet at GE Global Research
  • Talks and sessions led by luminaries in the field of software architecture including Amit Fisher (IBM), Patrick Kua (Thoughtworks), Eoin Woods (Endava), Jamie Smith (Network Instruments), Ben Hindman (Mesosphere), Eltjo Poort (CGI), Michael Keeling (IBM Watson), and George Fairbanks (Google)
  • Presentation of the inaugural Linda M. Northrop Software Architecture Award and talks by Northrop and the award winner
  • A track dedicated to exploration of the Internet of Things (IoT). This track will inspire the SATURN architecture community to cut through the hype and discuss real architecture challenges and solutions to building IoT reference architectures, products, and services. Other themes are Architecture Methods and Design Patterns, Technology and Tools, and Business and Leadership.
  • Three one-day SEI courses on DevOps, technical debt, and service-oriented architecture offered on Monday, May 2
  • New this year at SATURN, DEV@SATURN (design, engineering, vision) talks, no longer than 15 minutes, that concisely share a single breakthrough technique, lesson, or experience in a passionate and inspiring way
  • Social events, workshops, and opportunities to network with industry leaders, SATURN speakers, and experienced innovators in the field of software architecture

Discounts are available to those who register for SATURN by April 1; discounts are also extended to students, U.S. government personnel, and attendees whose organizations send three or more people to the conference. For more information or to register, see

About SATURN 2016
The 12th SEI Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) Conference—the longest-running software architecture conference in the world—brings together influential leaders and experts to discuss architecture-centric practices for developing, acquiring, and maintaining software-reliant systems. Architects from more than 20 countries meet annually at SATURN to share ideas, network, and learn about new and existing technologies. For more information, go to

About the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute
The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI helps organizations make measurable improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. For more information, visit the SEI website at