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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.

word cloud.pngThe 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."

Linda-Eoin.jpgSATURN 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.

SATURN_2019_Save_the_Date_Postcard_3_front.jpgJohn Klein and Paulo Merson
SATURN 2018 Technical Co-Chairs

As the technical co-chairs for SATURN 2018, we're looking forward to welcoming you to the conference in a few weeks' time, and we're excited about the practical, forward-looking program that the program committee has assembled for the conference. We're sure you're going to find the sessions on the program relevant, engaging, and full of information to take back to work after the conference.

First, we have three terrific keynote talks to look forward to. Rebecca Parsons, chief technology officer at ThoughtWorks, will be speaking about the whys and hows of evolutionary architecture. In particular, she will focus on the central role of fitness functions in driving the architecture in the desired direction and how techniques such as refactoring databases and continuous delivery support architectural evolution. Ricardo Valerdi, associate professor at the University of Arizona and a director of the Sports Management Program there will tell us about the use of virtual reality for football concussion education. And Michael Nygard of Cognitect, Inc. will share his thoughts on the concept of "Uncoupling." Additionally, we will have a talk from Eoin Woods, the recipient of this year's Linda Northrop Software Architecture Award.

We also have an excellent group of invited speakers. Vaughn Vernon will present Reactive DDD: Modeling Uncertainty and discuss how the uncertainty introduced by distributed computing can be finessed into highly functioning, business-centric systems that teams can design, develop, and reason about. Daniel Bryant will talk about continuous delivery with containers. James Lewis of ThoughtWorks will present Betting on Evolutionary Architecture: A Note on Software Architecture as Code. Aroop Pandya of IBM Watson will discuss Watson Cognitive Services and Cloud Platform Architecture. And Chris Richardson of Eventuate, a keynote speaker at SATURN in 2017, will present Managing Data Consistency in a Microservice Architecture Using Sagas.

Beyond the keynotes and invited speakers, we have more than 40 peer-reviewed talks, plus training courses and our popular Software Architecture Boot Camp sessions. These conference sessions explore a wide range of topics relevant to practicing architects, including DevOps, blockchain, REST, machine learning, continuous delivery, technical debt, agility and architecture, cloud computing, refactoring, microservices, data privacy, and a provocative panel discussion titled, "Death of the Architect." All of the sessions have been carefully evaluated by our program committee and will provide practical, timely information to take back to work and apply immediately on your projects and across your organization.

In addition to a strong program, we're planning some great ways to meet and get to know your fellow attendees. There will be a welcome reception on Monday afternoon and our SATURN Celebration reception on Tuesday evening that features armadillo races and a giant Texas-sized game of corn hole.

We're looking forward to being part of this terrific event and of course gathering with our peer group of leading architecture practitioners in Texas in May. We hope you can join us!

SATURN 2018 will be in Plano, Texas, near Dallas, at the Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park hotel, May 7-10. Register now!

John Klein and Paulo Merson
SATURN 2018 Technical Co-Chairs