March 22, 2016 | Written by: Angel Luis Diaz
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There’s a new way to work in open source, and IBM is thrilled to be a part of it.
Today we celebrate the grand opening of the IBM Cloud Foundry Dojo at The Frontier in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Under the leadership of Michael Fraenkel, IBM’s distinguished engineer in Cloud Foundry, we’ve created a space where local IBM Cloud developers who are experts in Cloud Foundry are training fellow software developers—regardless of company or affiliation—to become dedicated “committers” for the Cloud Foundry project.
Why is this a big deal?
When developers help developers, it translates to accelerated innovation. This new learning space serves as a training ground for aspiring Cloud Foundry developers, while simultaneously driving new innovation and continuous improvement to Cloud Foundry open source projects. The entire open source developer ecosystem—adopters and contributors alike—can benefit from a growing base of skilled Cloud Foundry developers and the increased pace of innovation thanks to shared code.
Additionally, because Cloud Foundry is at the core of IBM’s cloud platform, Bluemix has rapidly grown to become the largest public Cloud Foundry deployment in the world. It features more than 140 tools and services spanning areas like big data, mobile, Watson, analytics, integration, DevOps, security and the Internet of Things and draws more than 20,000 new developers per week who are creating more than 120,000 apps every month. The dojo increases the pace of innovation on the Bluemix platform, which benefits the growing community of developers on IBM Cloud.
The dojo also provides a unique environment that dramatically reduces the time it takes for coders to reach Cloud Foundry “committer” status. Students pair up for intense, hands-on training for only 6-12 weeks and graduates can take the skills they learned in the dojo and immediately put them to use within Cloud Foundry projects and their organizations.
It’s not only a coup for IBM and Cloud Foundry. The RTP area will benefit from the project, too. Julie Terry, Special Projects Manager for The Research Triangle Park, explains why it’s such an important step forward for the area:
“We’re really excited to have the IBM Cloud Foundry Dojo at The Frontier here in Research Triangle Park. When The Frontier opened a year ago, our team had hopes that it would become a convening point for all kinds of people with varied interests. Through our partnership with IBM, coders and cloud evangelists will have the opportunity to mingle with artists and nonprofit leaders. The best kind of change occurs when different minds start working together, and that’s exactly what we hope happens as the dojo continues to become an established part of The Frontier community.”
I’ve been working with Cloud Foundry Foundation CEO Sam Ramji since the organization’s inception. In that time, I’ve watched Cloud Foundry become an indispensable platform for the developer, by the developer. It allows developers to use any language they want and deploy across many clouds. Sam Ramji explains why dojos are such an effective way to build a critical mass of software coders developing innovative applications on Cloud Foundry:
“The dojo method provides a truly immersive approach to learning the process and methodology required to become a Cloud Foundry Committer. By ensuring developers are educated on continuous innovation and paired programming, the dojo helps ensure a culture and skills match for full-time committers to the project.”
If you’re in the RTP area and want to attend our launch party, I encourage you to register and join us for this event. And if you’d like to learn more about Cloud Foundry and contributing to the community, you can find more information here.