IBM HAS ANNOUNCED a new tranche of open source products designed to fuel cloud developer innovation.
The first is developerWorks Open which, apart from playing havoc with our spellchecker, is a collaborative platform designed to give developers access to high-potential open source projects and resources.
The idea is to help 'cut the crap' for devs looking for technologies in which to invest their time and resources in order to solve business challenges.
The company has also announced support for a range of initiatives to encourage women in the tech sector, including computer camps through the Girls Who Code initiative, and the ReBoot Accelerator designed to get women up to speed if they are returning to the sector after a time away.
IBM will contribute to more than 50 projects as part of IBM Bluemix, including analytics, mobile and cloud-based stuff.
Finally, the firm is partnering with 200 academic institutions across the UK and the world to integrate Bluemix into courses from computer science to entrepreneurship, which it expects will reach 300,000 students in the first year.
These announcements extend a long history of IBM open source cooperation. The company announced earlier this year that it will donate its entire machine learning language to the Apache Spark project. IBM Analytics will also be added to Apache Spark in this new round of open sourcing.
Other projects include some from the MobileFirst initiative with Apple, including IBM's Ready App for healthcare, retail, insurance and banking, allowing mobile tech and the Internet of Things to gain extra traction in these sectors.
"IBM firmly believes that open source is the foundation of innovative application development in the cloud," said Dr Angel Diaz, IBM's vice president of cloud architecture and technology.
"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.”
Other analytics packages getting the treatment include Activity Streams, a package for creating a user-to-machine, machine-to-machine and user-to-user projected ecosystem.
Finally, the Agentless System Crawler offers a unified cloud monitoring and analytics framework that enables visibility into all types of cloud platforms and runtimes. µ
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