IBM opens 4th Bluemix Garage in France to boost cloud app development

IBM Bluwmix garage in Nice

IBM opened new Bluemix Garage in France’s Nice to help European organizations to accelerate cloud development.

This is the fourth garage following San Francisco, Toronto and London. These garages give developers access to the tools and expertise they need to build app using IBM cloud.

The Nice Garage

The IT major said the new garage in nice will serve as a counterpart to its Bluemix garage in London.  Both garages will  support the world’s developer population, which is expected to reach more than 20 million by 2020.

Europe is expected to play a key role in the next wave of global cloud and cognitive innovation with a developer base of 1.6 million.

The Nice Bluemix garage is expected to help developers through business development, protecting existing investments, speeding app development and skills development.

“Our latest Bluemix Garage in Nice is a critical addition to our network of Garages across Europe and globally, and will help our clients to more quickly build with IBM Cloud,” said Steve Robinson, General Manager, Client Technical Engagement of IBM Cloud.

Case study at Nice Garage

Local Nice startup ADVANSOLAR, a sustainable mobility company, tapped IBM Cloud and Design practices in the Garage to create and deploy its new electric bicycle rental services in just weeks, cutting the time needed to get to market by more than 50 percent.

Using the Garage’s design methods as a starting point, ADVANSOLAR worked with Garage experts to use IBM Cloud tools, including IoT, NodeRed and Node.JS services, to easily integrate external services and data to build a high-quality customer experience.

“Working with IBM Cloud and design experts enabled us to quickly identify the most important features of our new service, and then build and deliver them rapidly,” said Raphael Briere, CEO of ADVANSOLAR.

“Combining the power, openness and agility of IBM Cloud with the Garage’s expertise enabled us to create a valuable product rapidly, and deliver our rental services at the right price for all our customers.”

London Bluemix Garage

The company noted that London Bluemix Garage has grown into an innovation hub since its inception in 2014.  It currently draws more than 20,000 developers per week.

The garage team is working with Simon Wheatcroft, a blind ultra-marathon runner, to use IBM Cloud APIs and services, such as Cloudant, IBM’s database-as-a-service, to use data to direct, monitor and pace him through a solo, 60-mile run through a desert in Namibia.


Bluemix is IBM’s Cloud platform.  According to the company, the platform draws more than 20,000 new developers per week who are creating more than 120,000 apps every month.

Based in open standards, it features over 140 tools and services spanning categories of big data, mobile, Watson, analytics, integration, DevOps, security and the Internet of Things.

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