David Barnes demonstrates IBM Cloud

David Barnes demonstrates IBM Cloud

[ MUSIC ] Hey, everybody, David Barnes
here with another episode of ET Info where I bring you information on new
and emerging technologies from IBM. It’s been a while since I made a
Bluemix video and since that time, there has been an incredible amount of
change: Bluemix now is in a public beta, the user interface has changed, [and]
there are all sorts of new services. And so, that’s what I want
to show you in this video. As a recap, Bluemix is a place for
developers to go to quickly develop, create, deploy, and manage applications in the cloud. In the spirit of cloud naming
conventions, let’s see. Today we have Infrastructure-as-a-Service,
Platform-as-a-Service, Software-as-a-Service, Backend-as-a-Service, Mobile-
Backend-as-a-Service. I’m going name what I do now and I’m coining
the phrase here, DaaS, Demos-as-a-Service. So, let me pull down my green screen
and I’ll give you a look at Bluemix. So, here I am at If I scroll down, one of the things that you’ll
see is that this user interface is attractive. It’s not like our normal IBM user interfaces,
which are often less than attractive. Before I go any further, I need to
point out why did we create Bluemix. Well, the traditional IT development
cycle for applications is just too slow. If I want to go off and create a new application
just to try it, I may have to buy hardware. That’s capital, that takes a long time. I might need to buy a big monolithic chunk of
software that if the application doesn’t work out for me, it hits the virtual shelf. Instead, I’ll show you the Bluemix approach. For this scenario, as an application developer,
HR came to me and they said, “hey, David, can you create an application so that
our employees can go out to their friends on LinkedIn and say, ‘hey, we’re hiring. Are you interested in, you know, putting your
name in the hat here and applying for the job?’” Then that information is gathered from
LinkedIn with their permission and it’s put into a database and then an HR
dashboard so HR can see who’s applied. As the developer, the first thing I’m going to
do is I’m going to go up and select catalog. Here you can see a lot of different boilerplates
that are available, different runtimes, different frameworks, different
services that are available. Some are IBM-created services; some
are IBM-certified services that are from third-party partners like Twilio,
and in this case, Pitney Bowes. Some of them are community-created services. The services pallet is growing every day. For my application, I’m going use Node. Now, you’ll notice Java is there. You can use Java, absolutely,
but you don’t have to. You can use Node, but you don’t have to. You choose the framework of your choice, you
use the programming language of your choice. Whatever helps you create your
applications more quickly. For me, I’m going to select Node. It says, “do you want to create an application?” I say “yes.” It says, “let’s give this application a name.” And I’m going to call this LI
Outreach for LinkedIn Outreach. Notice the host name and the
domain name at the bottom. That’s the name — the URL — where I
go to when I’m done with my application. It will be running there. When I select create, this is where all
the goodness really starts to happen for me, the application developer. Bluemix just provisioned an instance of Node;
it’s up and running and available for me to use. Now, I should mention, I just compressed
time a little bit in the video. That took about 30 seconds for this to
be provisioned and ready for me to go. What I didn’t have to do, I didn’t
have to create a virtual machine. I didn’t have to configure memory, configure
infrastructure software, or deal with routers or beg someone in IT for a domain name. Instead, I’m ready to go. In the upper right-hand corner, there’s
this little notification center. I don’t know if that’s what it’s really
called; that’s what I’m calling it. On the top here, it says “get
started with your application.” When I click on that, gives me a little
bit of information on how to get going. There is a “download the
starter application package,” so I’m going download that linked file. It’s sort of a hello world application
to get me started with my code. And now I’m off and running. I’m going to go up and click…again,
I don’t know the name for this either. I’m just calling it the bug. Click that, get it out of the way. I have Node running. In and of itself, it’s not going to do
much for me so I’m going to go down, scroll down, I’ll add a new service. And in this case, the gentleman that created
this application on our team, [Carl Azopuff], he added some security with secure sign on. So, I say I want to add that to the application. Choose the application name,
select create and that’s it. Bluemix just created an instance
of that service and it is now bound to that Node application that
I’ve already got running. He added one more. We needed someplace, a database. I’ll add the service here. We needed a database to put the
LinkedIn profiles that we grab, and so he used Cloudant for that. I could add the Cloudant database
instance same as I just did with the other. Instead, let me close that down. I’m going switch over to the
completed version that Carl created. I’ll scroll down here. You’ve got the application is
there, the services are there. And it’s ready for him to go and write code. I’ll switch over to this tab and
point out something very important. I make this stuff look so
slick, it’s not mashups. It is not just “wire things together.” You still have to be a software developer. It’s for people that write
software for a living. Here, I can use, if I want JazzHub,
JazzHub’s from Rational at IBM. If I want to write my code
here, I can click deploy. It says, hey, what’s your IBM address
for Bluemix and what’s the password, and it pushes the code back up into Bluemix. If I say no, I’m an Eclipse user. Write your code in Eclipse. However you are most efficient,
however you want to write your code and then you push it back up into Bluemix. It’s all up to y’all. No, I didn’t say it…oh, my gosh. I did. Okay. I’m a Chicagoan. I live in Texas but I am a Chicagoan. Here’s a story. I was presenting at a Hadoop users group. I used to work on big data analytics. And after I got done presenting,
this gentleman, he saunters up. He didn’t walk; he saunters up. He’s got this big old Texas cowboy hat. He’s got a belt buckle the size of a hub cap,
I swear it must have weighed seven pounds. He looks as me, he says, son, he says, you
know that big data y’all talking about? Says down here in Texas, we just call it data. No, it’s not true at all. I made that up. But so I write my software, I
push it back up into Bluemix. When I switch back over here, there’s Carl’s
application again, it’s up and running. It’s not magic, but we talked
about this on a Thursday. Carl showed us the first rev of it on a Monday. We could not have done that
using the old school approach. We’d still be begging somebody
in IT for a domain name. Instead, he got it up and running quickly. If you scroll down here, there
is the URL for the application. LinkedIn Outreach. I click on that. It launches the application. This is what our employees
can send out to their friends. They see this, say, yes,
I’m interested in a job. They click up here, sign in with
their LinkedIn user ID and password. Again, they’re opting in here. It says, hey, if you do this, we’re going to
gather your profile information, et cetera, et cetera, all with the LinkedIn API. Yes, sounds good to me. I allow access, and that’s it. We just pull the information. We put it in the Cloudant database. Then we make it available for the business user. This is the HR dashboard. HR goes and sees, hey, these are the
people that are interested in the job. These look like highly qualified people,
expect for that one up on the top. If they want to go further, they
can click on the LinkedIn profile and go directly to the LinkedIn page. The application is done and
in the hands of the user. I go back over here into
Bluemix, and I say, you know what? I could add another service if I wanted
to, if we want to change this application. Or, let’s go into this instance
of Node that’s running and click down here and say, you know what? This thing has been really popular. It’s really expanding, I want it to grow. I can go and say I want more instances running,I
can say I want more memory allocated to it. And that immediately allocates more memory, more
instances because we’re built on Cloud Foundry. We have all of the elasticity
that Cloud Foundry promises. Now, as I said before, I make
this look all sweet and simple, but it’s still about writing software
but the time savings is incredible. I’ll be making more videos. Notice I went really, really fast here. Everybody what’s short videos so you can consider this one brought
to you by Monster Energy Drink. I’ll be making more videos. I’ll put them out on If you want to go out and check out
Bluemix on your own, And if you’re interested in engaging
with us around a project around Bluemix, a group on our team called jStart helps
jumpstart customers on proof of concepts around cloud, Bluemix, et cetera. You can visit their website at

Comments (1)

  1. Have to say! I liked it. I'll differently give it a shot.

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