IBM launches open source platform, to release 50 projects to the community

  • developerWorks Open to foster open collaboration around its technologies
  • IBM to contribute 50 tools and services to the open source community
IBM launches open source platform, to release 50 projects to the community

IBM has unveiled a new platform for developers to collaborate with IBM on a newly released set of open source technologies.
The company said it will release 50 projects to the open source community to speed enterprise adoption and spur a new class of cloud innovations around mobile, analytics and other high-growth areas.
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, IBM said in a statement.
Developers can not only expect to download the code, but also have access to blogs, videos, tools and techniques to accelerate their efforts.
The goal is to enable them to act with speed and have the confidence to build and deploy open source apps working with clients’ demanding business requirements, IBM said.
“IBM firmly believes that open source is the foundation of innovative application development in the cloud,” said IBM vice president of Cloud Architecture and Technology Dr Angel Diaz.
“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.”
The current model of development in the open source community lacks a strategic focus on business requirements, IBM said in its statement.
To address this, it is launching a set of projects in industries including healthcare, mobile, retail, insurance and banking that meet that it said meet real-world business challenges.
Among the range of technologies already deployed on developerWorks Open, IBM is making available projects in key areas to help bridge the development gap. IBM will also offer these services on its programming platform for cloud software development, Bluemix.
IBM is also open sourcing a number of apps from its MobileFirst portfolio that will assist developers in the healthcare, retail insurance and banking mobile markets.
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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