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Kenya has been on the technological radar for a while now. Some of the achievements that have led to this include the widespread use of mobile money, modernized service delivery such as the Huduma Center platform,  and use of mobile applications such as Whatsapp.

However, Kenya is yet to exploit its full potential when it comes to technology. Last week, I was at an IBM (International Business Machines) tech event. IBM is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation. It’s the largest computer company in the world. IBM products include hardware, software for a line of business servers, storage products, custom-designed microchips and application software. Most of us have already seen some of the laptops with an IMB logo.

The event, dubbed Bluemix Girl’s Night, was the first of its kind in Kenya. The goal of the event was to engage, empower and provide cloud technology education to women interested in technology and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) by providing networking opportunities, connecting women with mentors, driving their interest in long-term careers in IT and providing education on IBM’s Cloud Platform, Bluemix (where they can build an application of their own). In attendance were software developers, researchers and even engineers.

The goal of every company is to improve their customers’ experience and Bluemix helps in that department by transforming how apps (applications) are created. Bluemix has pre-prepared services that help in instant deploy and scale of the app, which helps in speed in development.

There are also online recipes that one can quickly learn from in order to develop applications on the platform. Another feature is the one click deployment of runtime services and you can pay for only what you use or need, although runtimes and most services have free tiers, meaning, you don’t have to pay for this.

Bluemix customizes documentation based on your configuration. This means that your app documentation changes dynamically to your configuration. It also builds upon cloud foundry – which is an open standard for cloud support as an open source platform and extends it with IBM, third part and community built services. This means that you can build an application that had different parts/solutions written in different programming languages e.g php, python or even different frameworks.

Below is a list of some of the components in Bluemix;

  • Bluemix UI, eclipse, command line e.g git.
  • Cloud infrastructure – where you can deploy your applications.
  • Cloud platform – where you can create your application.
  • Cloud marketplace – where you can market your application.
  • Rappid development tools such as node.js, API, graphical coding, drag and drop for UI elements as well as hybrid mobile – which helps in writing mobile apps in html and css.

Bluemix helps you develop a culture of continuous experimentation which leads to innovation.

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