The 14th SATURN Conference was held in Plano, Texas, on May 7-10, 2018, with attendees representing 74 organizations and 17 countries. This subset of the SATURN Community shared their ideas, insights, and experiences about effective software architecture practices for developing and maintaining software-intensive systems while also having some fun at the SATURN Celebration reception with armadillo racing and a game of giant cornhole (because everything is bigger in Texas).
The conference began with three one-day SEI courses: Cloud Computing: An Architecture-Centric View, by John Klein; Essential Microservice Architecture, by Paulo Merson; and Launching and Sustaining Agile Architecture, by Ipek Ozkaya. The technical program spanned three days and included keynote addresses by Rebecca Parsons, CTO of ThoughtWorks on The Whys and Hows of Evolutionary Architecture; Ricardo Valerdi, professor at the University of Arizona on Virtual Reality for Concussion Education; and Michael Nygard, Cognitect, Inc., on Uncoupling.
The program featured more than 40 peer-reviewed talks that explored a wide range of topics relevant to practicing architects. There were also sessions from a stellar set of invited speakers, including Chris Richardson, Eventuate, Inc.; James Lewis, ThoughtWorks; Aroop Pandya, IBM Watson; Vaughn Vernon, For Comprehension, Inc.; and independent consultant Daniel Bryant. The Software Architecture Boot Camp sessions presented by SEI staff members were again very popular and offered an introduction or refresher to attendees on basic architecture topics.
The Linda Northrop Software Architecture Award, also presented at SATURN 2018, went to Eoin Woods of Endava, who gave a talk on "Software Architecture as Systems Dissolve."
SATURN attendees voted for the best presentation based on three criteria: innovation, usefulness of the material, and quality of presentation. The SATURN Best Presentation Award was given to Eltjo Poort of CGI and Michael Keeling of IBM Watson for their presentation "The Ethical Software Architect." The runner-up award went to Eltjo Poort for his presentation "Shorten Your Architectural Feedback Loop." The awards were announced at the end of the conference. Congratulations to all!
Eltjo's thoughts on SATURN 2018 are captured on his blog. Be sure to check out the slide presentations and videos from SATURN 2018. We look forward to seeing you all next year when SATURN 2019 will be held in Pittsburgh, PA, on May 6-9, 2019.
John Klein and Paulo Merson
SATURN 2018 Technical Co-Chairs