Bluemix Updates: IBM InterConnect 2015 (Small)!

I’m writing this edition of the blog from Las Vegas as IBM InterConnect 2015 enters its final day. It’s been a great week with lots of exciting news, and I can’t help but reflect how far we’ve come since Bluemix was first announced about a year ago at IBM Pulse. As Bluemix continues to mature and gain momentum, I’m excited to share details about the awesome Bluemix updates that went live in the UI this week:

  • Integration of Container and Virtual Machines as first-class citizens in the Dashboard.
  • Introduction of a Guided Experience section in the Dashboard to help you get started.
  • Addition of new zone pages for Open Architecture, Hybrid Cloud, Watson, and Internet of Things.
  • Updated landing/home page.
  • Ability to receive billing/usage notifications.
  • Capability to purchase third-party service plans.
  • Improvements to SSL certificate support for custom domains.
  • Miscellaneous usability improvements and squashed bugs.

Bluemix Updates: IBM InterConnect 2015

Bluemix Updates: IBM MobileFirst for iOS!

We’re following up some cool Bluemix updates near the end of 2014 with more exciting updates to kick off 2015. The latest refresh includes:

  • Integration of the IBM MobileFirst Platform for iOS (beta) making it easier than ever to create high-powered iOS apps with Bluemix
  • Enhancements to the iOS Solutions page including getting started references and the ability to create samples
  • Ability to enable an existing Node.js app to serve as the backend for mobile clients
  • Addition of a brand new, simplified path for creating both web and mobile apps.

Bluemix Updates: IBM MobileFirst Services Starter

It’s definitely pretty cool to be watching an NFL playoff game between your home state Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos (not to mention Peyton Manning), then see a 30-second commercial for your product come on the screen. That was the case a little before 4:00 pm CST this afternoon when the new IBM Bluemix ad aired. And, more than just Bluemix as a whole being featured on TV — the Bluemix UI was also shown prominently!

Bluemix TV Ad Capture

That’s especially exciting for me because I’m the lead dev architect for the Bluemix UI and have been involved with it since we started the first prototypes two years ago. During that time, we’ve released the open beta last February, reached general availability at the end of June, and added a lot of awesome functionality over the rest of 2014. Along the way, there’s been lots and lots of IBMers (from both development and IBM Design) who have shed a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to make it all happen. Now, as we prepare for the upcoming IBM InterConnect 2015, it’s really gratifying to see these ads!

So, with that intro, I mainly wanted to share some of my favorite captures from the YouTube version of the video:

Bluemix YouTube: How to Build a Smarter App
How to Build a Smarter App (0:02)
Bluemix YouTube: Bluemix UI Banner and Catalog
Bluemix UI Banner and Catalog (0:11)
Bluemix YouTube: Bluemix UI Catalog for Business Analytics
Bluemix UI Catalog for Business Analytics (0:13)
Bluemix YouTube: Bluemix UI Catalog for Watson
Bluemix UI Catalog for Watson (0:16)
Bluemix YouTube: Bluemix UI Dashboard
Bluemix UI Dashboard (0:20)
Bluemix YouTube: With IBM Bluemix Developers Can Work Better, Faster, Smarter
With IBM Bluemix Developers Can Work Better, Faster, Smarter (0:27)

And, finally, I wanted to share a link to the video itself:

Bluemix UI Updates: Bluemix & Winter!

Winter is ramping up here in the Northern Hemisphere, and we wanted to give you some year-end Bluemix updates to help you warm up by the fire. So, we’re following the introduction of Bluemix London in November with some cool new features:

  • Translation of the Bluemix UI into 8 languages
  • Addition of starter apps for three new runtimes to the Catalog
  • Improved getting started info for apps
  • Increased limits for associating SSL certificates with your custom domains
  • Documentation updates including quick reference card, better integration of app context, improved search, and globalization support
  • Miscellaneous usability enhancements and bug fixes

Bluemix UI Updates: Landing Page in Chinese

Where? App Logo

Where am I? Where can I go? Where have I been? In this tutorial, you’ll build a client/server app that answers these and other “where” questions for web users and for wearers of the Pebble smartwatch.

First, you’ll build the back end: a Node.js app that you’ll deploy to IBM® Bluemix. The back end provides a REST API that enables clients to:

  • Register a user’s geolocation with the server, to be stored in a Cloudant NoSQL database.
  • Get the nearest postal address associated with the location by using the Pitney Bowes Reverse Geocoding service (UPDATE: now part of the APIs from Pitney Bowes service). This service provides a powerful API for looking up postal addresses based on GPS location.
  • Retrieve information about where someone could travel from a location, by using the Pitney Bowes Travel Boundary service. This service provides GPS coordinates for a “boundary” around a specified location that can be reached based on driving time or distance.
  • Provide worldwide statistics for recent and popular “check-in” locations (using the MapReduce capabilities in Cloudant).

Then, you’ll use this REST API as the basis for building two very different client apps:

Where? App: Pebble Main Screen

  • An app written for Pebble that’s designed to provide useful but more-focused info in the smaller screen of this cool wearable device. You’ll write this client app in JavaScript by using the Pebble.js library and the CloudPebble online IDE.

Where? App: Web with Travel Boundary