PORTLAND, Ore. — The open-source community is benefiting again from IBM donations. Similar to how the company donated its professional apps, training and community/educator advise for Linux, Open Stack, Spark and countless other open-source projects worldwide, IBM will donate 50+ free programming projects in 2015.
Although many of the projects already exist online), IBM is adding free access to more tools and platforms along with the projects, including free access to developerWorks Open and IBM's Bluemix platform-as-a-service. Bluemix already offers hundreds of tools and services both open source and proprietary including Watson, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data & Analytics, and Mobile categories (limited to $120,000-worth of free time for developers and 12/6 months renewable free time to educators/students respectively). IBM's upcoming free, open-source community contributions focus on analytics, mobile and cloud technologies, according to Sandy Carter, IBM general manager for Cloud Ecosystem and Developers.
Sandy Carter, IBM general manager
Cloud Ecosystem and Developers
"We've been listening to developer key-makers and queen-makers for over 20 years, who are the real force behind analytic, mobile and cloud computing," Carter--a queen-maker herself--told EE Times. "With our free developerWorks Open community, for instance, you can collaborate and educate yourself with other developers and with IBM folks--over 4 million a month are already viewing developerWorks
IBM is adding the special Open section to developerWorks to support the special needs of the open source community--projects such as Apache, Linux, Eclipse, Docker, Open Stack, Spark, Cloud Foundry, Open Contain Project, Node.js, CouchDb and other expandable open-source projects, according to Carter. The developerWorks Open tool will offer not only tutorials and traditional learning tools, but also blogs, videos, tools and techniques that have been throughly field tested.
"Our open-source software is all built on top of Bluemix--IBM's cloud platform--which developers have free access to $120,000 worth of cloud services," Carter told us. "But they are also available to high schools, colleges and universities who want to learn from the open-source community--to hone fine their open-source skills, and we hope to draw from for the next-generation of IBM coders."
IBM hopes to unlock and shape the way that innovators work and learn-by-example by contributing 50+ open-source projects by the end of 2015 including IBM's MobileFirst portfolio including "Ready App for Healthcare" (tracks patient progress during at-home physical therapy programs via mobile devices), "Ready App for Retail" (personalizes your in-store shopping experience through direct lines of communication with retailers), "Ready App for Insurance" (adds personalized relationships between homeowners and insurers using Internet of Things sensors that synchronize home with utilities), "Ready App for Banking" (adds mobile communications between financial institutions and the business owners and prospects).
IBM developersWorks Open is based on the established smash-up model for IBM's proprietary developerWorks offering. Click here for larger image.
In analytics IBM will contribute its "Activity Streams" (a standardized model for engaging users with applications and with one another), "Agentless System Crawler" (for increased visibility while monitoring cloud and analytic frameworks, "Analytics for Apache Spark" (adds full analytics to Spark). IBM cloud data services that it is donatig to the open-source community include its "Object Storage on Bluemix Service Broker" (integrates OpenStack Swift with Cloud Foundry for fast access to cloud data without requiring detailed knowledge about where the data is stored).
IBM will also offer free training and curricula to high school teachers, college teachers (free for 12 months, renewable without a credit card) using special teaching modules built on Bluemix, adding Open Source training modules to its already existing efforts in Big Data Analytics and Cognitive Computing.
IBM is also making a special effort to bring out-of-work women back into the workforce in its ReBoot Accelerator for Women (in collaboration with GSVlabs) by giving therm state-of-the-art training on using Linux and programing IoT applications as well as mentorship and job placement assistance, according to Carter. For the younger generation, IBM is also sponsoring Girls Who Code for female high-school students who will participate in a seven-week "immersion program" in New York City, with expansion plans for San Francisco, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas in 2016.
IBM is also sponsoring other novel means of mobilizing an analytic, mobile and cloud-based programming force including hackathons reaching 10s of thousands of programmers worldwide. IBM has already sponsored 25 AngelHack Hackathons (a part of the Eighth Global Hackathon Series) and pledges to increase its participation in the future.
"We have found Hackathons to be a particularly effective new training tool we are sponsoring. Developers have taught us that programmers often learn best by doing and interacting with each other," Carter told us.
IBM's Academic Initiative for Cloudhas currently signed up over 200 academic institutions in 36 countries worldwide--including Ben-Gurion University (Israel), Carnegie Mellon University, Imperial College of Science (England), International Institute of Information Technology (India), National College of Ireland, National University of Singapore, Northwestern University, University of California Berkeley, University of California Irvine, University of Cambridge, University of Southern California, University of Stuttgart, University of Texas Austin and the University of Tokyo--to use their teaching materials and access developerWorks Open on Bluemix in their classes. IBM predicts that 30,000 students (with six months free access to Bluemix, renewable without a credit card) will participate in the program in 2015. In addition IBM is offering a Student Developer Community program to help entrepreneurial students to get an early start on commercial app development. Students can showcase their completed apps by joining BluemixU which also provides access to quick-learning resources.
IBM hopes not only to hire some of these programmers after they are trained, but also to attract new customers to its Bluemix cloud platform as well as to harvest details about new projects being developed there so as to be first-in-line to partner with those developing the next-generation of applications.
Also this week IBM reported a 70 percent year-to-year increase in revenue in the second quarter and first half of 2015, breaking out cloud revenue in total as $8.7 billion and as-a-service revenue estimated to bring in $4.5 billion for 2015.
— R. Colin Johnson, Advanced Technology Editor, EE Times
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