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.
“Data is a powerful natural resource that, if used wisely, can drive U.S. economic competitiveness and lead to rewarding careers in the future dedicated to building a smarter planet,” Mike Rhodin, senior vice president of IBM Software Solutions Group, said in a statement. “This center will have a tremendous amount to offer: world-class educational institutions, a highly-educated workforce, industry-leading businesses and--perhaps most important of all--will serve as the foundation of a community of innovators that will transform industries around world.”
According to IBM, Ohio is home to 27 Fortune 500 and 57 Fortune 1000 companies, as well as a burgeoning technology sector and leading academic institutions. The IBM Client Center for Advanced Analytics will offer a strong foundation for a broad public and private sector collaboration that will include Ohio State University, JobsOhio, Columbus 2020, Information Control Corp. (ICC), an IBM Premier Partner, and other Columbus-based businesses.
As part of the initiative, IBM will add as many as 500 new analytics consultants and research and development professionals to the center over three years, focused on creating new markets for Watson commercialization, Smarter Commerce and Social Business Client Capabilities.
In addition, IBM will partner with Ohio State to develop job-ready graduates through new course curriculum in its graduate and undergraduate programs. The new higher-education collaboration between IBM and Ohio State will help develop students with the high demand analytics skills necessary to drive the economy of the future.