Today was an exciting day in the valley for Developer Relations and Cloud Computing. I had the honor of participating on a panel discussion at the Evans Data Corporation Developer Relations Conference titled " Building a Successful Developer Program with Nadeed Anwar PayPal's Sr. Dir of Developer Community and Nick Tran of Salesforce.com. The topic of discussion was how to create excitement in the development community, build evangelists and create internal processes to scale and measure the success of the developer network.
Although the panel discussion was interesting and informative, there was a bigger and better event that had major impact in the valley. IBM announced its cloud-based, software development environment to commercial enterprises, government agencies and other organizations following a successful beta test of the system. Included in IBM's Cloud announcement was the inclusion of PayPal. PayPal, the faster, safer way to pay and get paid online, is extending its global payments platform, PayPal X into the cloud. PayPal is working with the IBM Cloud Labs to allow its ecosystem of developers to not only innovate on the IBM cloud, but to quickly monetize new applications developed and made available via smart phones.
"We want to provide a very simple way to make payments available on all platforms, including mobile applications," said Osama Bedier, PayPal's VP of platforms and emerging technologies, in a statement.
"The IBM cloud provides a platform for developers to come together as a
community, to create, develop and test new applications. We look forward
to seeing the payments innovations our developers create through the
IBM cloud and bringing the wallet into the cloud," said Bedier.
Based on research done by Ziff Davis Enterprise, Cloud Computing is one of the hottest business technologies of the emerging infrastructure markets. This ranking is based on the ability of Cloud Computing to Improve Business Process, Reduce Costs, and Generate Revenue.
Stay tuned for topics on other technologies in the valley that are moving the world forward.