Walmart (NYSE:WMT) is releasing an open source cloud platform developed by its @WalmartLabs division. The platform will now be available for other retailers to use, for free.
The OneOps platform has been in development for two years and is used internally by Walmart to support digital initiatives such as website improvements and online grocery features.
OneOps is a cloud management and application lifecycle management platform positioned as a free alternative to Amazon's paid cloud-hosted solutions. It lets developers host solutions in the cloud to test and launch new products more quickly, according to the company.
"We hear from companies of all sizes that they're also undergoing a digital transformation that's focused on customers and operated in the cloud," wrote Jeremy King, CTO of Walmart Global eCommerce and head of @WalmartLabs, and Tim Kimmet, VP of platform and systems, in a blog post. "They tell us they want to spend less time and money on IT, and more time on delivering experiences to customers faster. Today, that undertaking gets easier."
Earlier this month, Walmart announced it was closing stores and focusing more heavily on e-commerce. The retailer is also integrating its technology teams, including @WalmartLabs, which will move from its location in Silicon Valley to the company's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.
-See this @WalmartLabs blog post
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