Architecture and Large Scale Systems: Daugherty (Accenture)
Speaker: Paul Daugherty , Chief Technology Architect, AccentureContact:
Date: December 3 2009
Time: 2:30PM to 4:00PM
Host: Daniel Jackson, MIT-CSAIL
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[Guest lecture in 6.005: Elements of Software Construction]
Host: Daniel Jackson
Modern software projects are of large scale, often involving years of development, tens of thousands of days of work effort, and millions of lines of code. This complexity is aggravated by the fact that development is often distributed over several geographic locations, as dictated by cost considerations, the availability of domain specialists, legal requirements, and other factors. Despite advances in development tools and techniques, software initiatives have lagged behind in utilizing novel software engineering methods and techniques effectively to reduce the complexity of large-scale software. The results can be seen in Corporate and Government IT budgets – based on Accenture and Industry research, IT cost overruns are still commonplace, and the cost to “keep the lights on” for fragile legacy applications typically consumes upwards of 60% of IT budgets. At the same time, business demands for new technologies is creating additional pressure on IT organizations – witness the growth of Cloud Computing, Mobility, Social Computing.
At Accenture, we help the largest companies and public service organizations in the world deal with these challenges. Our 180,000+ professionals work with our clients to deliver innovative, and often very large and complex, technology solutions. This talk will focus on how Accenture uses a strong foundation of Technology Architecture to more effectively deliver solutions and protect our clients’ investments. The talk will also address some of the promising areas we are pursuing – areas such as Service Oriented Architecture, Business Process Management, Model Driven Development. Finally, we’ll discuss some of the more impactful trends facing the IT industry.
Paul Daugherty is Accenture’s Chief Technology Architect, and also serves as Managing Director of Accenture’s Custom and Emerging Systems Integration (SI) business. In the Chief Technology Architect role, Paul is responsible for shaping Accenture’s architecture strategy and assets, and for managing over 3,000 technology architects who work around the globe and across industries implementing complex, leading-edge technology solutions for Accenture’s clients. His current focus areas include Service Oriented Architectures, Software as a Service, Web 2.0, Cloud Computing, Legacy Renewal, Open Source, and Mobility.
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