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Learn About Risk- and Cost-Driven Architecture (RCDA) at SATURN

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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.

RCDA practices were originally used within CGI to shape solutions for clients. The approach is based on well-vetted research work in Poort's PhD thesis titled "Improving Solution Architecture Practices," and has been successful within CGI, where 78% of lead architects trained in RCDA report that the training has made them more effective at their jobs. Pragmatic Solution Architecting with Risk- and Cost-Driven Architecture (RCDA) has not been offered frequently in the U.S., so we encourage SATURN attendees to consider registering at the SATURN 2013 software architecture conference registration page. For more information, see Eltjo Poort's blog.

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