Marie Wieck, general manager of IBM WebSphere Cloud Connect, said, “The power of cloud-based applications is that you can easily represent both real-time information and the collective knowledge on any topic. That’s always going to be a combination of newly created services and existing apps, many of which exist on premises. Our objective is to make those distinctions go away for a developer. A developer shouldn’t care where a piece of data, a microservice, or even an IBM Watson cognitive system resides; the platform should do that for them.”

IBM also introduced Bluemix OpenWhisk, today, a simpler platform for constructing IoT applications. Bluemix OpenWhisk includes container support, built-in AI capabilities, and the ability to chain together small pieces of code to create microservices.

Finally, IBM introduced a number of tools aimed at winning over Swift developers. The company introduced a Swift Sandbox for developers to try the language in the IBM cloud. Swift is also supported in Bluemix and with Kitura, a new open-source Web server released by IBM for Linux and OS X. Bluemix also now contains a Swift Package catalog for developers to share their applications across the IBM developer community.