IT system tool maker BMC is asserting itself as an innovator by coming out with a do-it-yourself software development platform that deploys agile techniques.
The Houston-based company on Dec. 6 launched a new set of tools it calls the BMC Innovation Suite for developers. This is a cloud-based development environment, available on Amazon Web Services, designed to enable developers and business analysts to co-create enterprise apps with effective user interfaces.
Thanks to the promise of new revenue streams, operational efficiencies and outcome-based business models, enterprises are looking for ways to create digital service offerings fast on the cloud. Enterprises are evaluating digital platforms that are capable of delivering useful services in multi-source cloud, multi-workloads and IoT environments at a rapid pace.
Not Only Developers Can Use This Toolset
With the advent of citizen development, many more line-of-business employees now can work alongside IT staff and analysts to create apps that work well for the enterprise. See eWEEK's recent story on citizen development here.
IDC has predicted that by 2018, more than 60 percent of new apps will use cloud-enabled continuous delivery and cloud-native application architectures to enable faster innovation and business agility.
"Innovation can no longer only be driven by IT," said Nayaki Nayyar, President of Digital Service Management at BMC. "The priorities of digital business require that BMC empowers faster innovation across organizations, so we are raising our commitment to developers and building an ecosystem where we support 'no-code, low-code and pro-coder' developer-environment capabilities."
Tailored for third-party developers and freelancers as well as partner and customer app developers, the BMC Innovation Suite solution combines modern coding languages with simplified design tools.
Other features include:
--Innovation Studio: Simple, intuitive drag-and-drop UI to do codeless innovation, enabling business users to collaborate with IT;
--SDK (software development kit): A set of tools and samples that is integrated with the Innovation Studio feature;
--Library of connectors and components: Capabilities that can be used to extend and configure when building powerful applications;
--REST APIs: APIs required to integrate with external systems; and
--Developer Education: Self-learning content
The BMC Innovation Suite is immediately available for developers and others to use and build digital service management apps. It is initially offered on the Amazon Web Services cloud computing platform, with future support planned for more cloud services platforms, the company said.