Cloud Foundry / Bluemix Ecosystem – 2nd November 2016

The first meeting of the Cloud Foundry / Bluemix Development House UnConference place at the IBM South Bank offices this evening with a small and illustrious group of interested participants.

The plan with the meeting is for like minded companies engaged in Cloud Foundry /Bluemix projects, who know how to bring together value from services through micro-services, to share of skills and insight to help overcome business challenges to drive customer solutions and revenue opportunity.

This is in a new, growing and important market where teaming and collaboration will benefit all.

The early design is for outcomes such as:

    • Learn something new
    • Gain a new partnership
    • Identify an opportunity with mutual benefit and value

And over time:

    • Build a set of agile SIs /SW Houses – more skills/developer resources
    • Drive more revenue through apps on Bluemix

The software houses interested are:

  • Armakuni
  • Chelsea App Factory
  • CodeTen
  • Cognitive Factory
  • DeeperThanBlue
  • EngineerBetter
  • Future Workshops
  • Hanno
  • HedgeHog Labs
  • KnowNow
  • Loft
  • Mars Spiders
  • R/GA
  • RNF Solutions
  • Softwire
  • Spica
  • Super Being Labs
  • The App Garden
  • VirTrade
  • Virtual Technologies
  • Xaeus Blue

However we were and will be joined by some larger systems integrators:

  • TCS
  • HCL
  • Wipro
  • Tech Mahindra

The thinking is also to widen and bring in the services providers and innovative solutions such as:

  • Signalbox
  • TransportAPI
  • Push Technology
  • Flock
  • Entocycle

Hence the name change to Cloud Foundry / Bluemix Ecosystem.

This evening the discussion was very interactive and stimulated good debate:

  • Ben Fry – Armakuni shared the fact they are the providers of the Comic Relief donations platform support 500 donations/second and 100,000 concurrent users, running across multiple Cloud Foundry instances
  • Paul Tanner – Virtual Technologies – shared his interest in IoT specifically around energy assisted living, health and home accomodation
  • Vinod Balakrishnan and Prasad Rangnekar  both from TCS shared their support of solutions around the layers of OpsTech and InfoTech where the line between the two is ripe for disruption through new services provider integration between the two worlds with services made available via a platform as a service.
  • Prasad’s specific interest is in the area of Handling Cargo and the associated operations with consideration for Environmental factors, Safety and Health.


  • Prasad presented a interest 7 layer diagram of the OpsTech and InfoTech
  • Rahit N also from TCS told us of AIDA UK a Watson based advisor for key words across multiple domains
  • Dan Young from Engineer Better who another Cloud Foundry systems integrator with  good skills in XP, TDD and Pairing alongside Engineering/Operations, Training, Consultancy skills with a focus on Cloud Native Apps

The discussion considered that we are just at an inflexion point where the interest in services on a PaaS is just starting upturn and that they are being recognised as platforms for change. However this is up against a certain amount of resistance from the more traditional part of IT who are responsible for the legacy systems. We must continue to recognise there are two types of IT, two architectural approaches and two speeds.

And what agile development centered on PaaS for innovation can bring to the legacy world is that through such practices as pair programming, for example, the recognition that application development in a social activity from which comes great collaboration, creativity and innovation, including a new face and a new life for legacy.