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IBM hopes developer community will be recipe for IoT success

Steve Rogerson
July 31. 2015
IBM has launched a community to help developers – from novice to experienced – quickly and easily learn how to connect IoT devices to the cloud and how to use data coming from those connected devices.
Users of DeveloperWorks Recipes can tap into IBM's Bluemix platform-as-a-service to implement step-by-step tutorials for embedding advanced analytics and machine learning into IoT devices and applications. Examples include understanding vehicle performance by analysing data from its on-board diagnostic system, linking real-time machine condition monitoring with IBM asset management to monitor everything from the health of household appliances to wheels on a railroad car, and spotting trends and obtaining solutions to common problems through graphical representation of historical and real-time data from IoT devices.
By helping users connect their IoT devices to Bluemix, which was launched in 2014 with a $1bn investment and today has more than 100 open-source tools and services, users can run advanced analytics, use machine learning and tap into additional Bluemix services. For example, data storage, predictive modelling and geospatial analytics can help users better understand the data on their devices and accelerate the IoT ecosystem.
"IBM has long been a leader in offering innovative tools for developers to create the applications of our future," said Christopher O’Connor, general manager for IoT at IBM. “Now, IBM is expanding that focus so anyone – from the software novice to the experienced hardware engineer – can easily and quickly access materials providing guidance in the creation, management and connection of IoT devices to each other and the cloud. With DeveloperWorks Recipes, IBM provides easy access to new analytics and operational insight capabilities that tap into the vast data from many connected devices, home appliances or cars.”
Developers and the IoT ecosystem are already taking advantage of the IoT community.
“For years, companies have been building their M2M and IoT applications essentially from scratch,” said Daniel Quant, vice president of product management at Multitech Systems. “DeveloperWorks Recipes enables companies to leverage the hard lessons learned by other developers to simplify the process – a goal to which Multitech has been committed for more than 40 years. IBM is helping to enable us and our customers to connect devices quickly and with security features to the IBM cloud – with the ultimate goal of transforming our business processes and efficiencies.”
Jone Rasmussen, general manager of IoT developer tool start-up Bitreactive, added: “Developers just can’t be experts on each new thing that gets added to the IoT. To control costs of IoT projects, developers need easy, repeatable ways to quickly extract data from devices. DeveloperWorks Recipes is the perfect platform to do just that. It brings the embedded and cloud developer communities together in one place. Any cloud IoT developer can now easily find and reuse our templates for producing intelligent data at the edge of the network. With DeveloperWorks Recipes, IBM shows it understands what’s needed to make developers' lives easier.”
And Tony Milbourn, vice president for corporate strategy at U-Blox, said: “The ecosystems around the IoT are complex and that complexity makes it more difficult for companies to get the true business benefits from IoT. To cut through this complexity, particularly in the internet of things that really matter, U-Blox has combined its robust cellular, short-range and positioning products and solutions with IBM’s deep data analytics and management capabilities in the Bluemix cloud platform. DeveloperWorks Recipes brings recipes, tools and prototypes that show customers the benefits, support ease of deployment, and most importantly provide information about how to best reduce risk. The combination of IBM and U-Blox is ideal for key global players in the automotive, industrial and professional markets.”
DeveloperWorks Recipes is open for anyone to take advantage of existing IoT content, create new content and share with the community.