Cloud Native Ecosystem / Open Source

Context: Reversing Conway’s Law for Superior Service Management

16 Aug 2019 5:00pm, by

Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and views from the cloud native community. This week we spoke with Chip Childers, chief technology officer at the Cloud Foundry Foundation, about the technical and architectural decisions that help define the modern enterprise. Cloud Foundry Foundation is the independent organization that oversees the development and adoption of the Cloud Foundry platform, and it’s a sponsor of The New Stack.

More than half of the Fortune 500 uses Cloud Foundry, so the Cloud Foundry Foundation depends on the enterprise using, contributing to, and advancing its open source projects. Childers works closely with developers and CIOs at all of the foundation’s member companies, and so he has a deep understanding of what it is that a modern enterprise needs in order to succeed in today’s rapidly changing technology landscape. In a recent post for The New Stack, he wrote that  “Modern enterprises … think critically about what they should build themselves and what they should source from somewhere else.”

Reversing Conway’s Law For Superior Service Management

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We spoke with Childers about how open source is changing the software landscape for the enterprise, and whether it is better to buy software or build it in-house. We also spoke about how microservices help the organization redefine its workforce in terms of the services it offers — in effect reversing the idea of Conway’s Law, which describes how bureaucracies design systems that reflect their internal organizational structure, often to their detriment.

Then, later in the podcast, we discuss other news and podcasts items from The New Stack, including news from CloudBees’ DevOps World | Jenkins World conference this week, Splice Machine’s application of SQL to machine learning data sets, the ongoing worry about the current state of open source software, and how to run Kubernetes on the desktop.

Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack hosted this episode, with the assistance of Joab Jackson, managing editor at The New Stack.

CloudBees and Cloud Foundry Foundation are sponsors of The New Stack.

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