IBM develops global Internet of Things learning and networking community

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US technology giant IBM has announced it will be launching an Internet of Things (IoT) community specifically for developers to learn how to connect IoT devices to the cloud and how to use the data that these devices gather.

The New-York based multinational has created ‘IBM developerWorks Recipes, a web-based technical resource and professional network for IT practitioners, students, and university faculties worldwide.

Developers are able to use IBM’s platform-as-a-service, Bluemix to implement tutorials for embedding advanced analytics and machine learning into Internet of Things devices and applications.

Data storage, predictive modelling and geospatial analytics, for example, can help users to better understand the data on their devices and also help to accelerate the Internet of Things ecosystem.

Global Internet of Things community

According to IBM’s website, developers are able to “build apps quickly and host them in the cloud with ready-made solutions and popular cloud services.”

IBM developerWorks Recipes acts as a portal to access a catalogue of services and application programming interfaces from IBM and third-parties.

The global developerWorks community allows members to connect and share information through blogs, online forums, podcasts, member profiles and events, as well as provide a technical library to help developers get up to speed on the essential technologies affecting their profession.

Says Christopher O’Connor, general manager for the Internet of Things at IBM: “IBM has long been a leader in offering innovative tools for developers to create the applications of our future.

“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.”