IBM Launches Internet of Things Developer Community
IBM remains active in its quest for developer support for the IBM Cloud by launching a cloud-based Internet of things (IoT) developer community.A week after launching a broad-based community destination for cloud developers focusing on open-source technologies—IBM developerWorks Open—Big Blue has announced a new community aimed at Internet of things (IoT) developers. IBM's new IBM developerWorks Recipes community is designed to help developers—from novice to experienced—quickly and easily learn how to connect Internet of things (IoT) devices to the cloud and how to use data coming from those connected devices. Users of developerWorks Recipes can tap into IBM's Bluemix platform as a service (PaaS) to implement step-by-step tutorials for embedding advanced analytics and machine learning into IoT devices and applications. Industry research firm Gartner forecasts that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and that number will reach 25 billion by 2020. Research firm IoT Analytics ranked IBM No. 1 in IoT investment based on IBM's launch of an IoT business unit and its pledge to invest $3 billion into it. According to IoT Analytics, IBM—with that huge $3 billion commitment—is now No. 1 in the world in IoT investment, followed by Google, Intel, Microsoft and Cisco Systems. Apple, SAP, Oracle, Samsung and Hewlett-Packard round out the top 10.
"IBM has long been a leader in offering innovative tools for developers to create the applications of our future. Now, IBM is expanding that focus so anyone—from the software novice to the experienced hardware engineer—can easily and quickly access materials providing guidance in the creation, management and connection of IoT devices to each other and the cloud," said Christopher O'Connor, general manager of IoT offerings at IBM, in a statement. "With developerWorks Recipes, IBM provides easy access to new analytics and operational insight capabilities that tap into the vast data from many connected devices, home appliances or cars."