Designing Software Platforms for Innovation and Profitability

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

From left: Martin Jouvenot, Rashesh Jethi, and Daniel Sturtevant, SDM”07

Martin Jouvenot, Software Architect, and Rashesh Jethi, Head of R&D, Amadeus
Daniel Sturtevant, PhD, CEO, Silverthread, Inc.; SDM Alumnus

Date: May 22, 2017


Slides available here.

About the Presentation

Amadeus is a global technology provider to the travel industry with an engineering team of more than 6,000 software professionals and customers that include airlines, hotels, travel agencies, and other travel providers. Like any large technology company, Amadeus has to balance multiple priorities—continually adding new products and capabilities to support a large customer base while simultaneously managing complexity in systems comprised of hundreds of millions of lines of software code.

This webinar will offer suggestions on how a company can make data-driven decisions to drive focused investments that continuously improve software design and agility, enabling the business to thrive in a competitive market space. The SDM-affiliated presenters—from Amadeus and Silverthread—will describe how Amadeus business and technical strategy is both influenced by and drives choices in system architecture. The presenters will:

  • explain how a platform strategy can be used to connect business and technical decision-making;
  • describe how measuring and improving modularity across a large interconnected software system can help increase corporate agility and productivity; and
  • offer suggestions for measuring the economic performance of a software development organization in granular detail, and for using that information to deepen insight, drive quality initiatives, and steer system evolution.

A Q&A will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us!

About the Speakers

Martin Jouvenot, a software architect at Amadeus North America, has 10 years’ experience working on large, distributed software applications and has initiated actions to measure and attack technical debt within his company. He holds an MS in engineering from the Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne in France and will be joining MIT as an SDM fellow this fall.

Rashesh Jethi heads up the Amadeus research and development teams for the Americas. In this role, he is responsible for the development and delivery of software platforms and products for Amadeus’ business and travel industry customers. He holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Alabama.

Daniel Sturtevant, PhD, is an SDM alumnus and CEO of Silverthread, Inc., a firm that helps organizations improve the management of software applications and software portfolios. Silverthread’s clients include the US Department of Defense and several large enterprises, including Amadeus.

About the Series

Sponsored by the System Design & Management (SDM) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges. Recordings and slides from prior SDM webinars can be accessed here.