IBM opens up its IBM Bluemix cloud platform for developers in East Africa


Software developers in Kenya can now build and market their apps using IBM Cloud (Bluemix) in a faster, convenient and cost-effective manner after IBM announced its IBM Cloud Market place is open to them.

According to IBM East Africa Silas Macharia, “Bluemix is a vibrant platform that enables developers to reach enterprise buyers, capture the attention of both business and technical audiences and allows one to buy through the IBM Marketplace.”

Launched in June 2014, Bluemix users get global exposure to potential clients, sellers and an extensive developer community as measured by millions of users each month.

Bluemix also enables developers to integrate into the backend of organizations giving more options for aps development for more user groups and is open standard to mean that one does not need to learn a new language.

“At IBM, we believe in the power of open source software and standards to accelerate development and empower developers. This allows for an extensive innovation capabilities by the developers without any limitations,” Macharia said.

He said IBM offers more than 40,000 learning opportunities for data scientists and cognitive developers around the world. Macharia also pointed out that Bluemix offered developers the opportunity to design and build their first chatbot through the complex enterprise systems.

“IBM is committed to prioritizing and contributing to open technologies to enable anyone to help define the cognitive era,” he said.


IBM Cloud solutions offer free one-month trial after which you pay per use of the service of the APP your utilizing; this can be charged on per click basis or on storage capacity. Within the consumption there is a free tier on most IBM services, once consumed you pay on usage.

Service can be as low as Kshs 51 (US$0.5) for 1000 API calls. Additionally, IBM Offers the following options for cloud services namely Pay as You Go; Subscription model (discounted model); dedicated annual contract and the local annual contract.

IBM Cloud (Bluemix) ensures security readiness by adhering to security policies that are driven by best practices in IBM for systems, networking, and secure engineering. These policies include practices such as source code scanning, dynamic scanning, threat modeling, and penetration testing. Bluemix follows the IBM Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) process for security incident management.

IBM will therefore continue to contribute code and sponsor developer initiatives and open source communities to advance most compelling technologies.