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April 29, 2014

IBM Opens Garage to Developers

Offers Opportunity For Collaboration With Experts

IBM is encouraging developers to park their ideas in its new garage.

There, in the IBM BlueMix Garage, developers can fine-tune, collaborate with experts and get their idea off the ground and into the cloud as an app on BlueMix, IBM’s open platform-as-a-service.

cloudcompWhile the idea won’t fully launch until June, IBM reported in a press release the first BlueMix Garage has already started some projects. The initial garage is located in San Francisco and subsequent developments will follow this route. IBM wants to focus on dense start-up communities to help redefine how developers tap in to the cloud to take their ideas and turn them into products.

The choice of San Francisco as the first location for a BlueMix Garage ties in to the community’s status when it comes to developers. The community is “home to more start-ups per square foot than anywhere in the world – Galvanize attracts a strong network of entrepreneurs, developers, students, mentors, angel investors and venture capitalists in a physical space to learn, collaborate and create the next generation of high-tech and digital businesses,” the company’s release stated.

“Galvanize is a co-learning campus, providing digital startups with the industry-critical tools, mentoring and connections they need to learn, grow and launch,” stated Jim Deters, co-founder and CEO of Galvanize. “The inclusion of IBM’s first BlueMix Garage within the Galvanize community will equip our strong network of developers with the ability to competitively innovate apps with speed, using the power of cloud and open standards.”

Developers will work alongside IBM experts and gain skills in various practices focused on cloud integration, systems of record, scalability and security.

As well, on a regular basis, IBM will identify products created in the Garage which will benefit clients and then make them available in the new Cloud marketplace.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.