Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method [ATAM]
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  Robert Abate   Robert J. Abate
Global Director - Enterprise Data Management & Business Analytics


Wednesday, May 2, 2012
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

Level:  Introductory

The SEI Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) is the leading method in the area of software architecture evaluation. An evaluation using the ATAM typically takes three to four days and gathers together a trained evaluation team, architects, and representatives of the architecture's various stakeholders. The ATAM process consists of gathering stakeholders together to analyze business drivers and from these drivers, extract quality attributes that are used to create scenarios. These scenarios are then used in conjunction with architectural approaches and architectural decisions to create an analysis of trade-offs, sensitivity points, and risks (or non-risks). This analysis can be converted to risk themes and their impacts upon the process can be repeated.
Proven benefits of the ATAM include:
  • Clarified quality attribute requirements
  • Improved architecture documentation
  • Documented basis for architectural decisions
  • Identified risks early in the life cycle
  • Increased communication among stakeholders
Attendees Will Learn:
  • The business case
  • The need for architectural alignment
  • Architecture modeling
  • The ATAM method

As a hands-on, accomplished Information Technology leader, Robert offers more than 28 years of experience in Architecture, Applications, Business Intelligence, Infrastructure, Outsourcing and IT strategy / management. He is credited as one of the first to publish on Services Oriented Architectures (1996), and a respected IT thought leader within the field. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering, and is a Certified Business Intelligence Professional in four disciplines. Mr. Abate is a member of the faculty of The Data Warehousing Institute [] and DAMA [] and is a respected author and keynote speaker at global conferences. Mr. Abate frequently can be heard giving webinars on topics such as "The Convergence Of SOA & BI,” “Best Practices In Enterprise Information Management,” and “SOA / BI Market Trends.”

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