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The Impact of Kubernetes on the Supply Chain

Aug 22nd, 2017 4:50pm by
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Kubernetes’ Impact on the Supply Chain

The supply chains of modern enterprises are transitioning — or may have already transitioned — to an API-like model. The services that departments provide each other are being governed by interfaces that specify their types and contents and regulated by service-level agreements that stipulate the expectations of all sides of the transaction.

Whether business managers know it or not, they’re adopting a methodology that stems from the realm of software development. As Red Hat Director of Product Strategy Brian Gracely said in this latest The New Stack Makers podcast, he and his colleagues are discovering those business managers suddenly showing up in meetings about… well, about the architecture of their business.

“There is more work that we have to do to be able to be very good translators of technology capabilities into business terminology,” Gracely told us. “As suppliers of that technology, or as leaders in an open community, we need to continue to be good at doing that.

“We’ve been spending more time being very fluent in certain industry terminology,” he continued, offering as one example a set of OpenShift customer working groups. One of these groups is focused on the transportation industry; another is focused on the automotive sector; another the public sector; a fourth on education. “More and more, they’re asking us not only, ‘How do I implement this technology?’ but, ‘How do we internally communicate this?’ Think of it as sort of an internal marketing campaign to help our business leaders understand what we’re going to be capable of doing.”

In This Edition:

4:41: The emergence of tech and tools that are making it easier for developers to be aware of Kubernetes.
10:01: Abstraction’s impact on application visibility and management.
12:08: Finding a balance with end-to-end platforms, monitoring tools, and metrics.
18:01: Do we stop calling it the Kubernetes ecosystem?
26:31: Some of the modern use cases Red Hat is seeing with Red Hat OpenShift in the last few months since Kubernetes has evolved.
37:22: The evolution of supply chains around APIs.

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