At New EMC-Pivotal Dojo, App Developers Learn by Doing

There is a secular shift at play within the IT industry. Traditional markets are eroding rapidly. As organizations seek to innovate using new digital business mediums, many are moving their infrastructures to the cloud. A major challenge they find is that building cloud apps not only means a whole new set of tools, but also a new mindset. To truly embrace any new way of doing things requires a commitment to learn by doing, which is why we are proud to announce the official opening of the new EMC-Pivotal Dojo in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Dojo is “the place of the way,” the new way that we develop software in today’s world. It’s where we contribute to open source Cloud Foundry. It’s where we work with customers to build software.  It’s where we practice lean software development and continuously innovate to solve customer needs.

Building Software for the Cloud

The cloud is a relatively new delivery model, but customers still need to maintain the same rigorous quality, security and up-time SLAs expected in the on-premise world.  Cloud Foundry represents the best-in-class technology that customers can trust to run their businesses in the cloud.  More than just technology, it is a development platform supported by lean practices and methodologies that lead to high quality and continuous rapid innovation.

Why Open a Dojo?

The new EMC-Pivotal Dojo is our response to today’s rapidly changing world.  EMC has established an East and West coast presence to contribute to open source software (OSS), specifically Cloud Foundry.  We know firsthand the transition to devops and the cloud is not easy.  Visitors to our Dojo can see all of the steps involved in this new way of software development. They can see lean methodologies in practice every day. We employ XP (extreme programming) and TDD (test-driven development) to support continuous delivery. This enables us to innovate fast and learn quickly.  This rapid innovation and quick delivery is exactly what is needed to achieve a competitive advantage, and keep it.

Helping Customers Learn by Doing

Everything is different in this new world of IT, from the way software is built, to the way it is deployed, to the way it is consumed.  “OSS offers customers a different way to focus on their core value proposition as they pursue meeting the needs of the business.” Enterprises that embrace a lean approach to software delivery – and consequently innovate continuously, deliver quickly, and accelerate time-to-value – increase their chances of winning.  Those that don’t, risk being outpaced by the competition.  At the Dojo we act our way to new thinking and learn by doing. We are leading the way for pair programming, lean development, and open source at EMC.

Come join us!

Want to be a part of the Dojo? EMCers and customers alike can engage with us in three ways:

  1. Enroll in the Cloud Foundry Dojo program and earn committer status
  2. Get involved in a Pivotal Labs customer engagement
  3. Come sit with us and learn by doing!

Learn more about becoming a Cloud Foundry committer by visiting the following links:

About the Author: Brian Roche