IBM Launches Cloud Application Development Methodology
IBM launched its Bluemix Garage Method, a cloud application development strategy, and gained recognition from market researchers.IBM this week announced that it has distilled its cloud application development practices into a "method" that is partially responsible for the company being named a market leader in cloud application development and transformation by an independent technology market research firm. Big Blue introduced its Bluemix Garage Method, a set of best practices built to help organizations rapidly design, build, deploy and scale cloud applications. Using the method, IBM gained recognition from Technology Business Research (TBR) as a leader in several cloud application development categories including highest scores in customer satisfaction and in enterprise adoption for application transformation services. With four Bluemix Garage locations around the world—San Francisco, Toronto, London and Nice, France—IBM employs the Bluemix Garage Method to help clients develop better cloud applications faster and more reliably. The Bluemix Garage Method came out of a programming practice known as social coding at IBM. Not long after releasing Bluemix in 2014, IBM introduced its first Bluemix Garage in San Francisco in April of that year. A Bluemix Garage is a physical location where developers and designers can collaborate with IBM experts to create and deliver new cloud apps deployed onto Bluemix. Last week, IBM opened its newest Bluemix Garage in Nice.
"The Garage Method is how we develop code—like we broke our teams into squads," said Dr. Angel Luis Diaz, IBM's vice president of Cloud Architecture and Technology. "We do pair programming, we have the ability to make pull requests on each other, and we perfected our social coding. The 'how' is very important and it's very important to the history of Bluemix. This method that we call the IBM Bluemix Garage Method has a tagline that says: Act like a startup, deliver at enterprise scale. It combines the best practices of design thinking, lean startup, Agile development, DevOps and cloud to build innovative solutions. And clients love this because they want to know how they can do it. It's great for retention and for attracting talent because everyone wants to work this way."