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IBM Impact 2012: SmartCloud sandbox to help developers create reusable tech packages
New virtual pattern kit enables businesses to create ‘patterns of expertise’ while avoiding reinventing the wheel.
IBM has built on last month’s PureSystems launch by unveiling a developer toolkit and cloud-based trial.
We see our customers spending some 70 cents in the dollar associated with non asset-related spending. This means labour, labour, labour and more labour. PureSystems is all about getting at that 70 per cent.
The virtual pattern kit will enable Big Blue's customers and partners to package and reuse their expertise to automate previously manual tasks and enhance system performance. Patterns created using the kit will complement those already developed by IBM and more than 125 ISVs.
Three new pattern families, now built into PureSystems and available to businesses and partners, were also unveiled today focused on business process management, business intelligence and social collaboration.
Developers will also be able to access a PureSystems development environment for 90 days, free of charge, so they can test out their application and pattern packages without the normal costs associated with such trials.
“[The development kit] enables customers to package their own applications and capture them as patterns for deployment on PureSystems. We also have a trial cloud capability that allows you to essentially get into a sandbox on our SmartCloud so that you can explore some of these capabilities directly and use that as a vehicle to create patterns and try them out,” said Marie Wieck, general manager of IBM’s application and integration middleware group.
“The combination really should drive new adoption and let people get their hands dirty and understand what we’re talking about and how it can deliver value for them.”
IBM’s PureSystems vision was announced earlier this month. It is the result of more than four years’ worth of research and some $2 billion investment, according to IBM.
“We see our customers spending some 70 cents in the dollar associated with non asset-related spending. This means labour, labour, labour and more labour,” said Steve Mills, IBM’s senior vice president and group executive of software and systems.
“PureSystems is all about getting at that 70 per cent. It’s giving customers the flexibility they want, yet sustaining the organisation.”