IBM is aiming to bolster its cloud business by launching a set of developer tools to help software makers build, deploy and manage web and mobile apps in the cloud.
Big Blue also said the tools will make it easier for data scientists to spot trends in data while carrying out analysis in cloud-based environments.
The new developer and analytics tools will be available both on the IBM Cloud as well as rival cloud platforms.
In addition to self-service capabilities for everything from data preparation, migration, and integration, to tools for advanced data exploration and modelling, IBM has introduced four cloud data services.
IBM Compose Enterprise is a managed platform designed to help developers build modern web-scale apps faster by enabling them to deploy business-ready open source databases in minutes on their own dedicated cloud servers.
IBM Graph is a fully managed graph database service built on Apache TinkerPop that provides developers with a complete stack to extend business-ready apps with real-time recommendations, fraud detection, IoT and network analysis uses.
IBM Predictive Analytics is a service designed to allow developers to easily self-build machine learning models from a broad library into applications to help deliver predictions for specific product use cases, without the help of a data scientist.
IBM Analytics Exchange is an open data exchange that includes a catalogue of more than 150 publicly available datasets that can be used for analysis or integrated into applications.
Derek Schoettle, general manager of analytics platform and Cloud Data Services at IBM, said the idea behind the platform-agnostic release is to ease access to business-critical data.
“Data is the common thread within the enterprise, regardless of where its source might be. In the past, data handlers have relied on disparate systems for data needs, but our goal is to move data into the future by providing a one-stop shop to access, build, develop and explore data,” he said.
This strategy can be seen with IBM’s partnership with Ford to accelerate how big data is used in vehicles, and its recent purchase of The Weather Company, which will see Big Blue use the data and systems from the acquisition to create a foundation for its Watson IoT Cloud.
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