As posted by Gabriella Davis and Chris Miller, it appears that Greenhouse is going away. The content, or at least some of it, is moving to DeveloperWorks. But it appears that the changes reach further than that. DeveloperWorks is also undergoing major changes as announced by Sandy Carter.
You get $1700 worth of stuff for the low price of $399 per year. That includes access to Bluemix, softlayer, and even a free voucher for a certification test (usually $200). If you’re going to be taking a certification test soon, you might consider spending the extra $200 and getting a premium DeveloperWorks account too.
(CORRECTION: The website has since been updated to describe the certification test as “Complimentary certification test for IBM Certified Application Developer Certification”, not simply a test voucher for any test.)
I see the long term goal of combining Greenhouse and DeveloperWorks. But I’m wondering what will be lost in the process vs. what will be gained. Change is great when it is an improvement, but learning to navigate a new site can frustrate and lose users.
As they say, a rolling stone gathers no moss; also a frequently moving website gathers no followers. GreenHouse has been growing by about 1500 new users per month. How many of the 150,000 Greenhouse members will be lost in the transition?
OK IBM, be sure to tell me when I need to update my article on instructions for downloading the Connections Plugins and when I will need to update my Greenhouse Sametime Community configuration settings.