IBM has launched a new community designed to help developers – from novice to experienced – quickly and easily learn how to connect Internet of Things (IoT) devices to the cloud and how to use data coming from those connected devices.

Users of the new community, IBM developerWorks Recipes, can tap into IBM's platform-as-a-service, Bluemix, to implement step-by-step tutorials for embedding advanced analytics and machine learning into IoT devices and applications. Examples include:

Understanding vehicle performance by analyzing data from its On-Board Diagnostic system.

Linking real-time machine condition monitoring with IBM asset management to monitor everything from the health of household appliances to wheels on a railroad car.

Spotting trends and obtaining solutions to common problems through graphical representation of historical and real-time data from IoT devices.

According to Gartner, Inc., 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020.

"IBM has long been a leader in offering innovative tools for developers to create the applications of our future.  Now, IBM is expanding that focus so anyone -- from the software novice to the experienced hardware engineer -- can easily and quickly access materials providing guidance in the creation, management and connection of IoT devices to each other and the cloud," said Christopher O’Connor, general manager, offerings, Internet of Things, IBM. "With developerWorks Recipes, IBM provides easy access to new analytics and operational insight capabilities that tap into the vast data from many connected devices, home appliances or cars.”

 More information on IBM developerWorks Recipes can be found here