IBM today announced that Verdafero, a San Francisco-based utility analytics startup, has selected IBM Cloud to power its utility analytics platform, allowing customers to reduce their energy, water or waste consumption by up to 30 percent. Verdafero chose IBM's open cloud platform, Bluemix, over a previously used platform, in order to significantly speed the development and delivery of more features and offerings to its users.
Verdafero helps organizations such as cities, gas stations, hotel chains, health clubs and other businesses owning multiple properties to efficiently manage utility costs and usage across all locations with the help of cloud-based analytics. Through a centralized dashboard, organizations can visualize, compare and analyze their entire electric, gas, water, waste, fuel and carbon footprints across all of their properties and usage histories. With this level of understanding of entire utility usage, Verdafero's web platform has helped users reduce utility consumption by as much as 30 percent and ultimately cut costs.
"Switching our development to the Bluemix platform has been a game changer," said Dr. Alastair Hood, CEO, Verdafero. "We wanted a solution that would allow our infrastructure to grow and remain secure as we expand our app into new markets and build new features. Bluemix's user interface allows our new employees and developers to get up to speed quickly, collaborate and develop faster - and we are now turning around valuable features at a rapid pace."
With a growing roster of clients, and aspirations to continue to expand across the United States and overseas, Verdafero shifted from their traditional provider to IBM Bluemix to increase solution scalability, security and data storage. This shift not only allowed the company to accelerate its development speed, but also provided the necessary flexibility for Verdafero to set its sights on building new features such as making its APIs available for external developers to integrate into other, separate apps in new markets.
Powered by SoftLayer, IBM's global cloud footprint, Bluemix enables organizations to rapidly build, deploy and manage mobile and web apps in the cloud by providing an instantly available infrastructure, as well as a "toolbox" for developers to quickly stand up their app. As one of the largest implementations of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, Bluemix IBM's Platform as a Service (PaaS) combines open standards and more than 60 tools, runtimes and services in Big Data, mobile, analytics, DevOps and more from IBM and a growing number of its industry partners.
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