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Cloud Based Platform From IBM Helps Improve Software Development Skills

International Business Machines has launched a new cloud based platform that will help students and developers hone their software development skills.

Announced at the IBM Innovate conference (opens in new tab), the free cloud based platform is based on IBM Jazz tool.

According to the company, the IBM JazzHub is a collaborative software development environment that is designed to help university students to work in a collaborative environment to make applications and hone their developer skills.

“Software engineering courses are meant to prepare students for the practice of designing, developing, understanding and maintaining software in the real world, and the effectiveness of these courses has a tremendous impact on the software industry," Jim Yuill, visiting assistant professor of IT at North Carolina State University, said in a statement.

"IBM’s continued commitment to provide collaborative tools, at no charge to students, greatly improves the quality of their learning. We’re planning on integrating the JazzHub into our course work immediately."

Some of the institutions that are deploying IBM’s JazzHub platform include the North Carolina State University, which has used Jazz beforehand, Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico and the University of Macedonia in Greece.

Meanwhile, with IBM’s assistance, the University of Naples in Italy is working with seven other universities to implement collaborative software development.

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