IBM open sources 50 enterprise apps, tools

Big Blue is hoping it can bridge the gap between open source development and meeting business goals.

IBM on Wednesday said it will open source 50 cloud applications, tools and services in a bid to get more developers on the enterprise bandwagon.

The company launched developerWorks Open, a community designed to leverage open source and IBM technology to speed up projects. Developers will have access to code as well as educational resources.

What IBM is hoping to do is bridge the gap between the open source community and meeting business goals. IBM's open source contributions revolve around projects in specific industries such as insurance, retail and finance. The open source effort will also provide hooks into IBM's Bluemix platform as a service.

A sampling of the technologies include:

  • IBM Ready App for Healthcare, which tracks patients on the go.
  • IBM Ready Apps for Insurance, Banking and Retail.
  • Activity Streams, which models how users engage with an app.
  • Agentless System Crawler, a cloud monitoring and analytics framework.
  • IBM Analytics for Apache Spark.

As noted previously, IBM's software business is critical to the company's future. IBM already contributes to 150 open source projects such as OpenStack and Linux.

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