Aligning business and IT: ‘BizOps Manifesto Unveiled’ focuses on software development and operations

The enterprise world is in the midst of an “Ops” revolution, ranging from DevOps and ITOps to AIOps and SecOps. At the core, this concept embodies the connection between business operations and technology functions, which has led a coalition of industry leaders, under the guidance of Broadcom Inc., to create […]

The enterprise world is in the midst of an “Ops” revolution, ranging from DevOps and ITOps to AIOps and SecOps. At the core, this concept embodies the connection between business operations and technology functions, which has led a coalition of industry leaders, under the guidance of Broadcom Inc., to create an umbrella framework over all the “Ops” processes — BizOps.

A group of enterprise leaders will be presenting a declaration of values and principles to better align software development and operations with business needs at a Broadcom event — “BizOps Manifesto Unveiled” — on October 15. 

TheCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, will be broadcasting interviews as part of the virtual gathering, and discussion will focus on how the manifesto helps create synergy between business and IT, the principles necessary to optimize flow of value, and ways that BizOps practices can boost enterprise growth and enhance the customer experience. (* Disclosure below.) 

Updating business operations

The concept of BizOps has been evolving in different forms for the better part of the last two decades. Dan Yoo, a Silicon Valley executive who has held positions with LinkedIn Corp., NerdWallet Inc. and Coinbase Inc., once described the work of a colleague who was taking a new position at Yahoo in the early 2000s as being responsible for BizOps implementation.

In 2014, Gartner Inc. further refined some of the concepts behind the BizOps approach as a new mode of digital thinking to update business operations during periods of rapid technological advancement. “Digital BizOps” was the term used by Gartner to embrace new tools and principles for realizing outcomes that will have long-lasting positive benefit.

Broadcom has become a driving force behind the BizOps movement, sponsoring the central clearinghouse website for BizOps and hosting the upcoming “Manifesto Unveiled” event. A number of Broadcom executives are contributors to BizOps content on the website.

“Clearly, executives are looking for ways to get a handle on the chaos and complexities and extend the benefits of approaches like DevOps to the entire organization,” said Tom Davenport, analytics professor at Babson College and one of the speakers on the upcoming BizOps event agenda, during a recent interview. “The goalposts are moving faster than the team. BizOps is a new approach to the time-honored problem of bridging business needs and technology capabilities.”

Focus on wireless and software

Broadcom’s own progression as a company offers an example of why a BizOps approach makes complete sense in today’s business climate. The company competes in a semiconductor market that has been buffeted by economic uncertainty and significant technological change.

Geopolitical concerns around China’s technology, Nvidia Corp.’s blockbuster purchase of Arm Holdings Ltd., and the impact of a global pandemic on supply chains are just a few of the issues that Broadcom and others in the space must manage. However, the most recent estimates still forecast growth in the semiconductor market of at least $90 billion by 2024, with Broadcom expected to be a key contributor.

The company has pursued a strategy in recent years of acquiring technologies and selling others, while remaining focused on wireless and infrastructure software solutions. After acquiring Symantec Corp.’s enterprise business in 2019, Broadcom turned around and sold it to Accenture in January. The firm acquired CA Technologies in 2018 and sold its IoT connectivity operation to Synaptics Inc. in July.

Broadcom’s chief executive officer, Hock Tan, issued a notably positive outlook for the remainder of the year and indicated that he expected the fourth quarter to reflect a “strong anticipated ramp in wireless, as well as the continuing surge in demand for networking from cloud and telecom customers.”

Of particular note is Broadcom’s more recent work in the SmartNIC or network interface card arena. The company is viewed as the leader in the commodity Ethernet controller market and recently announced that its 100G SmartNIC Stingray adapter had contributed to Baidu Cloud’s accelerated performance.

“With Stingray, Baidu is able to move its I/O processing entirely off the CPU and onto the SmartNIC adapter, ensuring that its customer applications run unaffected by these essential but taxing workloads, making their data center more scalable, secure and cost-effective, ” said Dan Harding, vice president of marketing for the Compute and Connectivity Division at Broadcom, at the time of the announcement this spring.

Having to navigate the shifting winds of tech innovation is all the more reason for a BizOps approach, because Broadcom is not alone. The SmartNIC field gained additional attention when VMware Inc. announced that the technology would anchor its Project Monterey solution, in partnership with Nvidia, to rearchitect Cloud Foundation in support of modern applications.

Livestream of the BizOps Manifesto Unveiled event

BizOps Manifesto Unveiled is a livestream event, with additional interviews to be broadcasted on theCUBE. You can register for free here to access the live event. Plus, you can watch theCUBE interviews here.

How to watch theCUBE interviews

We offer you various ways to watch the live coverage of the BizOps Manifesto Unveiled digital event, including theCUBE’s dedicated website and YouTube channel. You can also get all the coverage from this year’s events on SiliconANGLE.

TheCUBE Insights podcast

SiliconANGLE also has podcasts available of archived interview sessions, available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify, which you can enjoy while on the go.

Guests who will be interviewed on theCUBE during the BizOps Manifesto Unveiled digital event

Guests who will be interviewed on theCUBE during the BizOps Manifesto Unveiled event include Serge Lucio, general manager of the Enterprise Software Division at Broadcom; Tom Davenport, president’s distinguished professor of information technology and management at Babson College and fellow of the MIT Initiative for the Digital Economy; Mik Kersten, founder and chief executive officer at Tasktop Technologies; and  Patrick Tickle, chief product officer of Planview Inc.

(* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for the BizOps Manifesto Unveiled digital event. Neither Broadcom Inc., the sponsor for theCUBE’s event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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