IBM Advanced Analytics Center Opens in Columbus, Ohio
Big Blue's new Advanced Analytics Solutions Center in Columbus is aimed at boosting innovation and job opportunities by focusing on big data and analytics.IBM's opening of a first-of-a-kind Advanced Analytics Solutions Center in Columbus, Ohio, is intended to accelerate innovation and job opportunities by advancing understanding of big data and expanding analytics skills. Big Blue said the center will create 500 new jobs and foster economic competitiveness in the region, and the U.S. broadly, by bringing together IBM researchers, software and consulting professionals with the expertise of local businesses, educational institutions and industry partners. The result will be a world-class ecosystem serving one of the fastest-growing technical disciplines, IBM said. Moreover, IBM said it plans to use the center as an innovation hub to broaden and create new technology capabilities focused on areas such as the company’s Watson computing system, Smarter Commerce and Social Business capabilities--all of which include analytics as the key underpinnings. As part of the effort, IBM is partnering with Ohio State University to develop new analytics course curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and will provide access for students to the center's technology assets and thought leaders, in order to prepare students for high-value jobs in the data sciences.
The new center is dedicated to advancing research, development, client services and skills training in the areas of analytics, big data and cognitive computing. IBM said the new analytics jobs and economic development in the region will stretch over the next three years for a start.