IBM has announced the opening of a new Bluemix Garage in Toronto, the first in Canada, intended to help enterprises of all sizes to accelerate the design and development of cloud applications by using IBM cloud technologies. Toronto marks the third Bluemix Garage, building on successful implementations in San Francisco and London.
The Bluemix Garages would create a bridge between the scale of enterprises and the culture of startups, by establishing physical collaboration spaces housed in the heart of thriving entrepreneurial communities around the world. Further expansion is planned with the additions of Nice, France and Melbourne, Australia later this year.
The Toronto Bluemix Garage will be located at the DMZ at Ryerson University, one of Canada’s largest business incubators and co-working spaces for entrepreneurs. By combining IBM’s cloud ecosystem with DMZ’s network of international partners and in-house expertise, the Toronto Bluemix Garage experts will mentor the creation of cloud apps and services using IBM’s platform-as-a-service, Bluemix.
“Bluemix Garages help enterprises harness the spirit and pace of startups while pouring back into the local community with mentorship and skills development on the latest cloud technologies,” said Steve Robinson, General Manager, Cloud Platform Services, IBM. “Today’s rapid app development cycles require developers to use new tools and methodologies from across the ecosystem to quickly turn new ideas into enterprise-class cloud applications at consumer scale and innovate at the speed of cloud.”
IBM launched Bluemix via a $1 billion investment in 2014. The developer-friendly, open-standards-based Bluemix catalog includes over 100 tools and services of the most prominent open-source technologies combined with IBM and third-party services.
As they increasingly turn to the creativity of startups for fresh approaches to industry challenges, enterprise clients would have greater access to the most talented entrepreneurs and developers through the Toronto Bluemix Garage. In turn, the Garage will open the door for these startups to IBM’s extensive base of enterprise partners, equipping them with the connections to build more functional apps and apply technology across various industries and deploy their solutions into the marketplace.
“We are pleased to welcome the first and only Canadian Bluemix Garage into the DMZ,” said Abdullah Snobar, Executive Director of the DMZ at Ryerson University. “This new partnership will provide IBM with an opportunity to work with some of our country’s top tech talent to explore new ideas and methodologies. Our entrepreneurs will also greatly benefit from access to IBM’s expertise and vast business network.”