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Open Systems: What’s Old Is New Again

Portland Marriott (Downtown)
1401 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, Oregon 97201, US (map)



Join us for a special (Free) May Rose City SPIN in collaboration with the SATURN Software Architecture Conference!

Open Systems: What’s Old Is New Again

Presented by Patricia Oberndorf, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute

Dates/Times: Monday, May 5th, 2014: Networking and Talk: 7:00-9:00 PM

Location: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, 1401 SW Naito Parkway


Organization executives and managers continue to be challenged to achieve greater acquisition efficiency and cost savings, while understanding a myriad of issues and promoting smart system decision making. The use of an open systems approach is coming back to help with today’s realities and tomorrow’s possibilities. To adapt to changing circumstances, executives and managers need practical definitions, the basics of an open systems approach, and an understanding of the issues, as well as things to look for in programs as they transition to an open systems approach.

This presentation will discuss the definitions, approach, and basics of open systems. It will relate the concepts to current technology trends and the implications of disruptive technologies and provide attendees with high-level understanding and appreciation of what it means to transition to an open systems approach for system acquisition.


Patricia Oberndorf is a Principal Engineer in the Client Technical Solutions Division, Software Solutions Directorate at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). She has been at the Institute for over 20 years. During her career, Tricia has led work in interoperability and systems of systems; software acquisition; service-oriented architectures; software assurance; and remaking traditional risk management into success management. Her previous work has been in software engineering environments, open systems and open systems architectures, and in engineering systems based on the incorporation of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products. Tricia’s publications include the book, Managing Software Acquisition: Open Systems and COTS Products. Before coming to the SEI she spent 20 years with the Navy.

About the SATURN Conference

Rose City SPIN has teamed up with the SATURN Conference to present this special talk. Registration for the tenth annual SEI Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) software architecture conference is now open. SATURN 2014 will take place at the Portland Downtown Waterfront Hotel in Portland, Oregon, from May 5-9 and will feature keynote presentations by leaders in the field of software architecture: • Joe Justice of Scrum Inc., and Team Wikispeed, which built a 100+ mpg car in less than three months for the X-Prize using Agile, Lean, and Scrum: (see http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxRainier-Joe-Justice-WikiSpe) • Jerome Pesenti, Vice President of Watson Core Technology at IBM and former co-founder of Vivisimo, the innovate search solutions company • Bill Opdyke, Architecture Lead (Corporate Internet Group) at J.P. Morgan Chase, who is best known for having done the first in-depth study of code re-factoring as a software engineering technique Also participating in SATURN this year will be Diana Larsen (http://futureworksconsulting.com), who will facilitate an Open Space event that will run concurrently with the conference and provide a valuable forum for networking and sharing of ideas and solutions. Register now for the SATURN 2014 software architecture conference.

In addition to the keynote and Open Space sessions, the SATURN 2014 Conference includes an extensive program of technical sessions on the themes of Technology, Methods and Tools, and Leadership and Business. SATURN 2014 will also offer practical tutorials, one two-day SEI course, and two one-day SEI courses. The conference provides attendees with the opportunity to network with international industry leaders in software architecture.

How to Register

This is a FREE lecture sponsored by the Rose City SPIN. But you can help us plan food and drinks by registering at: http://rosecityspinmay14.eventbrite.com

Rose City SPIN

The Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is a monthly forum for networking, mutual support, and promotion of effective software practices. We exchange practical experiences, ideas, knowledge, wisdom, and war stories about the technical, business, and human facets of software process improvement. The Rose City SPIN serves the software development community of the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Whether you work for a large company or a small one, corporate or self-employed, industrial or academic setting, you are welcome at the Rose City SPIN.