Nilkanth Iyer , Cloud Lead, Ecosystem Development, IBM India in a candid interview on IBM BlueMix
Hello Neel, tell us a little about yourself
Hi! I'm Nilkanth - I lead the Cloud initiative for Ecosystem Development at IBM India-South Asia. I'm a developer by birth - ended up becoming a sales & marketing professional. I started my career as a Mainframe developer and excelled on Honeywell Bull mainframe and COBOL, CICS and JCL. Then I took the oft beaten track of MBA and moving over to the business. But now in this role - I'm getting my hands deep into technology to relive my passion for technology and pure physics.
Whats is IBM BlueMix?
IBM Bluemix is IBM's platform as a service. BlueMix is the purest representation of the world of composable services. A developer is like an artist, a musician - a creative person. The moment she/he is burdened by mundane tasks like setting up infrastructure, testing for hundred's of compliances, making his apps enterprise grade - he looses his core competency of the creativity and agility of his creation - his code. BlueMix for me unburdens and unleashes his power of creative software development in real-time on the cloud.
Why the buzz about BlueMix?
BlueMix is in beta - I get 8 GB of space, I have 20 services to play with. Within 3 weeks of getting an access to the beta - I have developed 8 apps. I just tried out the IOT Cloud - what more can a person like me who had become a dinosaur in the world of technology ask for? Just get onto Bluemix and start developing/deploying apps - hurry!
Who should explore BlueMix?
Everybody should - if a business person like me can create apps - every developer should use Bluemix and create apps, learn Cloud Foundry commands, play with wearable device technology. Even if you do not want to be a hardcore technical professional - Bluemix is an opportunity to get a taste of technology - the future of technology
Are there any pre requisites to learn BlueMix?
None - I can't code - haven't coded in 16 years - but I have played with code using BlueMix. Check out my Video Blog on IOT - pretty cool I thought! Just the will to explore technology and the love for technology is the pre-requisite needed to learn/explore in Bluemix.
How does BlueMix experience help a developer/practitioner get an edge over others?
Having experience on paper or on certificates doesn't get too far ahead in the real world. Bluemix is an experience that builds into you and provides the pure joy of developing cloud/mobile apps without having to worry about the boring things.
How to get skilled on BlueMix?
There are 3 difficult steps you have to follow to get skilled on Bluemix
1) Open an Internet browser (check the internet connection, of course)
2) Type in www.bluemix.net
3) Enter your details and get your id
If you can follow these 3 Herculean tasks - you are on your way to become a Bluemix Aviator who is ready to conquer the Cloud
I want to be a BlueMix Aviator, how do I start?
Create an app in Bluemix, Write a blog about it, make a Bluemix video blog, get onto developerWorks and answer some technical queries and win a Bluemix Badge, get some friends together - have a Bluemix Blast, start a Bluemix Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/) and tweet about - your sure to get famous.
If you are too busy developing apps on BlueMix and don't have the time to do all of the above - send me an email at email@example.com - I'll see what I can do to help you get famous.