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SEI to Host 2017 Software Solutions Symposium in Arlington, Virginia

SEI to Host 2017 Software Solutions Symposium in Arlington, Virginia

November 22, 2016—From March 20-23, 2017, the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI) will host the 2017 Software Solutions Symposium in Arlington, Virginia. Building on the success of the inaugural Symposium held in 2015, the event will provide insights on emerging technologies and technical strategies for software-reliant systems.

“In industry, government, and especially the Department of Defense, software lies at the heart of every new system capability,” said Symposium Technical Chair John Foreman. “More and more, we have to balance the rapid evolution of systems and the development of increasingly complex capabilities, with the need to modernize and sustain aging software systems. We know agility is a must, yet it can’t come at the expense of security and resilience.”
Senior researchers and practitioners in government and industry systems and software work will lead Symposium tutorials, talks, and panel discussions. The event will also serve as a forum for networking outside of the formal sessions, and it will provide participants the opportunity to influence the SEI research agenda.
This year, the keynote addresses will be provided by experts in government:

  • J. Michael Gilmore, director, Operational Test & Evaluation, U.S. Department of Defense
  • James F. Geurts, acquisition executive, U.S. Special Operations Command
  • Harry Lee, deputy chief information officer, U.S. Bureau of the Census
  • The Honorable Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology

Hands-on, half-day tutorials will address a number of important topics, including

  • technical debt
  • software security and secure coding
  • requirements engineering
  • cost estimation
  • development, testing, and measurement best practices
  • virtual integration
  • implementing Agile in government

Other highlights of the technical program include

  • using modeling to make costs, bug removal, and the impact of software on systems acquisition more predictable
  • understanding security risks, including those in embedded software, cyber-physical systems, and software supply chains
  • gathering requirements when your stakeholders are spread across programs, industries, or even the globe
  • developing a workforce for an anticipated 1.2 million unfulfilled cybersecurity jobs
  • learning how mobile devices can be made secure and reliable on the battlefield
  • implementing Agile in a variety of contexts, including technical reviews, evolutionary architectures, and data governance
  • evaluating cloud service providers
  • implementing security practices in DevOps
  • learning from real-life software implementations, including the Census Bureau’s move to enterprise data management and the FBI’s adoption of Agile

The full symposium schedule is available for review at
To register for the Software Solutions Symposium, visit

The SEI will make discounted tickets available to U.S. government and military personnel, employees of small businesses, and industry attendees whose organizations send three or more people to the symposium.