March 30, 2016 | Written by: Matthew Wilson
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Developers in mainland Europe who are looking to collaborate with IBM experts to create cloud-based apps on now have a place to make it happen: the new Bluemix Garage in Nice, France.
The Nice Garage is the fourth one IBM has opened since the program started in 2014. San Francisco, Toronto and London are also homes to physical hubs where multi-disciplinary teams can work together with experts to access a wide assortment of tools to design and build in new ways on IBM Cloud. The newest Garage in Nice will serve as a sister facility to the London Garage to help Europe’s 1.6 million developers forge ahead.
One company that’s already making use of the Nice Garage is local sustainable mobility company ADVANSOLAR, which collaborated with IBM Cloud and Design to create and deploy its new electric bicycle rental service. By collaborating at the Garage, the company cut its time to market by more than 50%.
Raphael Briere, CEO of ADVANSOLAR, said, “Combining the power, openness and agility of IBM Cloud with the Garage’s expertise enabled us to create a valuable product rapidly, and deliver our rental services at the right price for all our customers.”
The newest Garage is located in Nice’s European Business Innovation Center, which puts it within the European Business Network, an incubator network of more than 10,000 startups. The Garage aims to help developers in four key areas: translating business ideas into workable applications, moving existing data workloads to the cloud, speeding up new app development, and equipping development teams with new skills and expertise.
With the world’s developer population expected to reach 20 million by 2020, new skills, growing expertise and collaborative spaces can only help. So can a wide array of tools. IBM cloud platform Bluemix features more than 140 tools in categories including big data, mobile, Watson, analytics, integration, DevOps, security and the Internet of Things. It draws 20,000 new developers each week. Those developers create more than 120,000 apps per month.
The Garage provides developers from enterprises of all sizes—not just startups, but large organizations, too—to find new ways to accomplish goals they’ve long had. As cloud development continues to grow, that help will become more and more handy.