GE Teams with Cloud Foundry on Industrial Internet

The software unit of General Electric on Monday announced its "Industrial Dojo," in collaboration with the Cloud Foundry Foundation, intended to strengthen its efforts to solve challenges in the so-called industrial Internet. The Cloud Foundry Dojo program allows software developers to work on open source projects to learn the inner workings of the core technology and the agile development environment, along with recommended methodologies for contributing code for development in the Internet of Things (IoT).

GE also said it will work with the Cloud Foundry community to develop and contribute open source code to the Cloud Foundry Foundation that will route all industrial messaging protocols. The company said that by opening what it calls the Industrial Dojo, itEUs letting developers learn industrial intricacies by pairing with experienced developers, reducing the time-to-productivity for those new to a project.

Absorbing Knowledge

"We are dedicated to the success of both the Industrial Dojo and open-source project, as we strive to foster a learning environment for developers to absorb knowledge from other industrial software innovators," said Harel Kodesh, CTO and vice president at GE Software. "Cloud Foundry is critical to the foundation of our platform and to our enablement of the Industrial Internet. By opening this Dojo, we will make huge strides toward solving the biggest industrial challenges."

GEEUs software platform for the industrial Internet, Predix, is based on Pivotal Cloud Foundry, a commercial version of the open source platform as a service.

We reached out to Charlotte Dunlap, senior analyst with Boston-based Current Analysis, who told us industrial companies such as GE are eager to expand their IoT solutions to help customers better manage the lifecycles of manufacturing machines via connected devices and apps.

"These vendors are most likely to attract a broader set of developers through support of open source options via technology that...

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