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IBM Announces Collaborations to Strengthen Developer Skills

Launches new initiatives to advance developer skills and advance their careers around cloud and emerging technologies such as cognitive and IoT

IBM has launched new global programs and tools for developers’ skills and advance their careers around cloud and emerging technologies such as cognitive and IoT. These initiatives include collaborations with Coursera and GitHub, which aim to reach millions of developers globally. The announcements were unveiled in Bangalore at IBM DeveloperConnect to more than 10,000 developers across India.

Key highlights of the news include collaboration with Coursera to strengthen developers’ skills in India with new courses focused on cloud and IoT. Also showcased was developerWorks Career Concierge, a cognitive learning tool that delivers personalized resources to advance developers’ skills. The general availability of GitHub Enterprise on Bluemix Dedicated, the first collaborative coding platform delivered as a managed service and new cloud tools for Swift and Watson designed for mobile development and cognitive apps, as per the release.

The news builds on the initiatives and investments IBM has already made in India, including the IBM Cloud data center in Chennai, which opened in 2015 to provide a local onramp to high-performing infrastructure as a service. Additionally, over the past year, IBM has launched three digital hubs with NASSCOM to connect Indian developers and startups with local resources and networking opportunities, and it has collaborated with developer partners TEXTIENT and InspireOne Technologies to bring cognitive solutions to the Indian market via the IBM Watson Ecosystem.

To advance IBM’s continued commitment to India and spur innovations in cloud and emerging technologies around the world, the company has launched new programs to equip developers with the skills and technology they need for cognitive business.

IBM is also debuting a beta version of the developerWorks Career Concierge, a Watson-based personalized tool that helps developers progress in their cloud journey, regardless of their starting point. Developers answer a few questions about themselves and the Career Concierge uses the Watson Tradeoff Analytics API on Bluemix to provide a custom set of resources, training materials, code repos and events to help them advance in their careers.

Furthermore, IBM and Coursera have collaborated to strengthen the developer ecosystem in India. For Coursera’s global Full Stack Web Development course, IBM will support the top 20 Indian entrepreneurs who advance to the course’s capstone and use Bluemix to develop their projects. These entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to join the IBM Global Entrepreneur program and receive $120,000 per year in IBM Cloud credits. IBM has also teamed with Coursera to launch and expand the company’s first-ever enterprise-backed course, A Developer’s Guide to IoT. IBM and Coursera first introduced the Bluemix-based course in the U.S. in April 2016 and have now expanded it to additional countries, including India. Over 6,500 global students are already enrolled.

Vanitha Narayanan, Managing Director, IBM India said, “The world will be re-written in code and much of it will be done right here in India. Developers are an integral part of a new India that is underpinned by digital transformation. IBM’s leading capabilities in Watson, IoT, cloud, mobile and blockchain will help developers innovate and succeed. At IBM, we are committed to investing in this ecosystem and will continue to collaborate with developers for a progressive India.”

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