Ford Motor Company is proving its keen interest in the tech sector yet again, by becoming a member of the Cloud Foundry Foundation – a non-profit group that manages the Cloud Foundry open-source software. Cloud Foundry is the world’s leading multi-cloud application platform. The Foundation is comprised of more than 60 members globally – including giants like IBM, SAP, and Dell EMC.
“As Ford expands its business to be both an auto and mobility company, we are focused on continuing to enhance our software development capabilities to deliver great customer experiences,” said Ford Director of Enterprise and Emerging IT Rich Strader in a statement. “Cloud Foundry plays an important role in this vision, and we look forward to working both directly with the Foundation and its many members to ensure Cloud Foundry will continue the growth of cloud application development and deployment.”
Cloud Foundry was originally developed by VMware before becoming the domain of Pivotal Software. You might recall that Pivotal has been working with Ford since late-2015 to help the automaker speed up its software-development timeframe. In May, 2016, Ford announced a $182.2-million investment in Pivotal, and secured a spot for Ford CIO Marcy Klevorn on the software company’s board of directors.