Big Bet at Big Blue
IBM, the first large systems maker to use the engine, provides its Hadoop-based InfoSphere BigInsights in basic and enterprise editions. But the company has even bigger plans. Speaking to a Computer History Museum audience Aug. 4 in Mountain View, Calif., CEO Sam Palmisano said Big Blue is putting a heavy R&D emphasis on new generation data analytics, describing it as one of the company's "big bets"-a project that requires at least a $100 million investment. At the same event, IBM Fellow and Computer Science Research Director Laura Haas said that IBM Labs is far beyond the big data research mode and is into "exadata" analytics research. "We're working on some very, very interesting things in this area," Haas told eWEEK.
While Haas wasn't at liberty to discuss details of the plans, Palmisano revealed this in his Aug. 4 presentation: "In about a year from now, you'll be starting to see the fruits of our -big bet' on big data. The work we've been doing for the last several years with Watson [the IBM computer that won Jeopardy! matches against two human champions] will move into products that will be used for a great many purposes, including health care, science and financial applications.