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Friday, 24 July 2015 16:34

IBM creates new open source developer resources

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A new open source initiative from IBM aimed at cloud application developers launches with a wide range of free-to-use tools and projects

IBM has unveiled a new platform for developers to collaborate with IBM on a newly released set of open source technologies and 50 projects to the open source community to speed enterprise adoption around mobile, analytics and other high-growth areas. 

The new developerWorks Open is a cloud-based environment for developers to access emerging IBM technologies, technical expertise and collaborate with a global network to accelerate projects.  The platform gives developers the ability to download code, and get access to blogs, videos, tools and techniques to accelerate their efforts and to give developers confidence to build and deploy open source apps working with their clients’ demanding business requirements.   

Among the broad range of technologies already deployed on developerWorks Open, IBM is making available projects in key industry areas to help bridge the development gap. The 50 pre-written projects provided are split into industries including healthcare, mobile, retail, insurance and banking. 

Project apps provided include:

IBM Ready App for Healthcare that tracks patient progress for at-home physical therapy programs via mobile device. 
IBM Ready App for Retail personalizes and reshapes the specialty retail store shopping experience through direct line of communication 
IBM Ready App for Insurance improves the relationship between homeowners and insurers and uses Internet of Things sensors to synch home with utilities. 
IBM Ready App for Banking helps financial institution's address the mobile needs business owners and attract prospects. 

Additionally, IBM is open sourcing several Analytics technologies including: 
Activity Streams which provides developers with a standard model and encoding format for describing how users engage with both the application and with one another. 
Agentless System Crawler offers a unified cloud monitoring and analytics framework that enables visibility into all types of cloud platforms and runtimes 
IBM Analytics for Apache Spark adds big-data analytics and is available in Beta on Bluemix. 

IBM will also continue with its IBM Object Storage on Bluemix Service Broker open source cloud data services, which can be used to integrate OpenStack Swift with Cloud Foundry, allowing fast access to cloud data without needing to know where the data is stored 

"IBM firmly believes that open source is the foundation of innovative application development in the cloud," IBM Vice President of Cloud Architecture and Technology Dr. Angel Diaz said. "With developerWorks Open, we are open sourcing additional IBM innovations that we feel have the potential to grow the community and ecosystem and eventually become established technologies.” 

Currently, IBM participates in and contributes to more than 150 open source projects. These projects include Spark, OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Open Contain Project, Node.js, CouchDb, Linux, Eclipse and an already established relationship with Apache.

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