Leading Software Industry and Digital Transformation Experts Unveil BizOps Manifesto

BOSTON, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The BizOps Coalition, which advocates for fundamental change in the way business and IT collaborate in modern software development, today announced its BizOps Manifesto, a new framework designed to connect technology investments to business outcomes.

Leaders across industries have learned that too often, software investments are not tied to business outcomes. A recent survey revealed that 78 percent of respondents said the disconnect between IT and business units results in significant costs[1]. This misalignment often creates waste and hinders productivity and innovation.

“The harsh, ‘new normal’ reality requires a significant focus on connecting business metrics and outcomes to every IT product and project. To accomplish these objectives, IT leadership teams require pragmatic operating models and frameworks that reduce business risks and increase operational and team efficiencies,” said Stephen Elliot, program vice president, Management Software and DevOps at IDC. “IT and business leaders who adopt BizOps have a great opportunity to win now, drive more team collaboration, deliver business outcomes, and thrive in the future.”

The BizOps Coalition

The BizOps Coalition is focused on the advancement and adoption of the BizOps methodology. In addition, the group provides thought leadership, education and best practices BizOps strategies via the bizops.com platform. 

Founding members and BizOps Manifesto authors include Dr. Mik Kersten, founder & CEO of Tasktop; Serge Lucio, vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Software Division, Broadcom; Patrick Tickle, chief product officer, Planview;  Sally Elatta, CEO of AgilityHealth; Evan Leybourn, CEO of Business Agility Institute; Tom Davenport, distinguished author and professor; Dave West, founder of Scrum.org Kevin Surace, chairman/CTO of Appvance.ai and many others.

“BizOps helps improve development cycles, streamline business operations, and ultimately, accelerates digital transformation for many organizations,” said Serge Lucio

Huawei will unveil the Mate 40 on October 22nd

Huawei is about to unveil its next big phone — and a swan song of sorts. The Chinese tech giant has announced that it will reveal the Mate 40 phone series at a virtual event on October 22nd at 8AM Eastern. It didn’t say much about what the new Mates would entail (“unprecedented power” isn’t really a clue), but it’s safe to say that the processor will be the most talked-about feature.

The company has already confirmed that the Mate 40 will be its last phone with a high-end Kirin chip, at least for a while. Now that the US has slapped Huawei with trade restrictions that led chip manufacturers like TSMC to back away, the company simply doesn’t have access to cutting edge processing tech for future models. The 5-nanometer Kirin chip in the Mate 40 expected to be fast and efficient, but it’s not expect to reach other phones going forward.

The Mate 40 is otherwise expected to keep up the Mate 30’s focus on photography with a giant four-sensor camera hump that could include a “freeform lens” aimed at improving wide-angle images. The front notch with a depth sensor might also be replaced with a two-sensor hole punch. Like it not, the “waterfall” curved display would make a comeback.

It’s not certain when the Mate 40 lineup will reach customers. A WinFuture report suggested it might not ship until 2021. That’s a long time to wait if true, especially when competitors aren’t standing still.

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Apple Sets Oct. 13 Online Event, Could Unveil New iPhone

Apple  (AAPL) – Get Report said it would hold an online event on Oct. 13, and industry watchers expect the tech company to unveil the latest iterations of its ubiquitous iPhone.

Four models of the iPhone 12 are expected to be announced at the event, according to Apple Insider. The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are all expected to debut. 

The new iPhone is expected to be 5G-enabled. The models would arrive just a month after Apple’s September event, where it introduced new hardware and subscription bundles. 

The standard models are expected to have 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch OLED displays, while the Pro versions are expected to have 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch versions. 

The standard models will have two 12-megapixel cameras, according to Apple Insider, while the pro model adds a third camera on the back for telephoto shooting. 

Speculation on the pricing for the models starts at $649 for the smallest non-pro model and rising to $749 for the bigger version. Meanwhile the small Pro is expected to launch at $999 while the Max Pro could start at $1,099.

Last month, Goldman Sachs published a bearish note on Apple, saying that the “The iPhone is a very tough act to follow,” and Apple’s services and wearables businesses are “not likely to be large enough to return the company to growth.” 

The analyst, Rod Hall, said that while the company and his team “are not permanent bears” on the stock, “we simply would like to see a consistent string of beat-and-raise quarters from Apple that match the growth narrative.”

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Harrisburg University to unveil new website

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology will launch its newly redesigned website Thursday.

It’s working with JPL, a southcentral Pennsylvania integrated marketing agency, to develop an intuitive, cutting-edge website that better connects with prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty, staff, businesses, and the community, according to a press release.

Viewers can expect to see a refreshed, responsive website that demonstrates the quality of education available at Harrisburg University by highlighting its tailored, career-focused science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum, the release said. It will do this by showcasing the university’s state-of the-art facilities, individualized approach to learning, partnerships, research, and what it is like to be a part of the school’s community on campus and virtually, according to the release.

“This new website is the culmination of many months and long hours of work from our IT staff and JPL,” said Dr. Eric Darr, Harrisburg University president. “We are confident that it will offer a more engaging and comprehensive presentation of the mission and presence of Harrisburg University. The site will serve as the central hub for our many different audiences and a foundation that can drive future growth.”

From the home page to landing pages, users will find design features that streamline search functions, content, images, and video. It also will provide a much cleaner mobile experience on phones and tablets, the release said.

The website will offer current and prospective students, as well as alumni, a richer insight into the university’s opportunities, academic programs, and history. Profiles for faculty and staff will be available as well, giving the public a personal, in-depth look at educators currently teaching there, according to the release.

The new website URL will be www.HarrisburgU.edu.

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