IBM Launches Internet of Things Developer Community
Daniel Quant, vice president of product management at MultiTech Systems, said for the longest time, companies have been building their machine-to-machine and IoT applications essentially from scratch. "IBM developerWorks Recipes enables companies to leverage the hard lessons learned by other developers in order to simplify the process—a goal to which MultiTech has been committed for more than 40 years. IBM is helping to enable us and our customers to connect devices quickly and with security features to the IBM Cloud—with the ultimate goal of transforming our business processes and efficiencies." Tony Milbourn, vice president of corporate strategy at u-blox, said IBM's new community will help reduce risk for IoT developers. Headquartered in Thalwil, Switzerland, u-blox creates wireless semiconductors and modules for consumer, automotive and industrial markets. "The ecosystems around the IoT are complex and that complexity makes it more difficult for companies to get the true business benefits from IoT," Milbourn said. "To cut through this complexity, particularly in the Internet of Things that Really Matter, u-blox has combined its robust cellular, short-range and positioning products and solutions with IBM's deep data analytics and management capabilities in the IBM Bluemix cloud platform. developerWorks Recipes brings recipes, tools and prototypes that show customers the benefits, support ease of deployment, and most importantly provide information about how to best reduce risk. The combination of IBM and u-blox is ideal for key global players in the automotive, industrial and professional markets." In March, IBM said it was building a cloud-based open platform to help customers and ecosystem partners build IoT solutions. The company also said it was creating new IBM IoT cloud services to drive insights into business operations. More than 2,000 IBM consultants, researchers and developers are working on the IoT initiative.Last week, IBM launched developerWorks Open, a cloud-based environment for developers to access emerging IBM technologies and technical expertise and to collaborate with a global network to accelerate projects. IBM also said it would release 50 projects to the open-source community to help speed enterprise adoption and spur a new class of cloud innovations around mobile, analytics and other growth areas. The company made the announcement at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) 2015 conference in Portland, Ore. "IBM firmly believes that open source is the foundation of innovative application development in the cloud," said Dr. Angel Diaz, IBM vice president of Cloud Architecture and Technology, in a statement. "With developerWorks Open, we are open sourcing additional IBM innovations that we feel have the potential to grow community and ecosystem and eventually become established technologies." On developerWorks Open, developers can download code and access blogs, videos, tools and techniques to accelerate their efforts.
"Our knowledge of the world grows with every connected sensor and device, but too often we are not acting on it, even when we know we can ensure a better result," said Bob Picciano, senior vice president of IBM Analytics, in a statement. "IBM will enable clients and industry partners to apply IoT data to build solutions based on an open platform. This is a major focus of investment for IBM because it's a rich and broad-based opportunity where innovation matters."