IBM Opening Analytics Center for Student Learning, Prototype Testing; Mike Rhodin Comments

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IBM is opening an analytics center to guide undergraduate and graduate students and mid-career professionals acquire analytics skills and prepare for future jobs, the company announced Thursday.

The company said the center’s focus areas will include developing new computer technologies for processing big data and to provide clients a delivery and prototype testing environment for analytics and cognitive systems.

IBM is partnering with Ohio State University, JobsOhio, Columbus 2020, ICC and other Columbus-based businesses for the IBM Client Center for Advanced Analytics in Columbus.

“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,” said Mike Rhodin, senior vice president for IBM’s software solutions group.

“In order for business leaders to solve the societal challenges of the future, they must integrate critical thinking skills with expertise in their fields,” said E. Gordon Gee, president of OSU. “The ability to apply a wholly new level of analytical insights and solutions will bolster our nation’s role as a competitive global leader and be the catalyst for the next frontier of economic growth.”

The company aims for the center to create 500 new jobs and help spur economic development in the Columbus area over the next three years.

IBM will hire up to 500 new analytics consultants and research and development professionals for the center over three years and they will focus on growing markets for the Watson supercomputer, Smarter Commerce and Social Business Client platforms.

IBM and OSU will work together in developing graduates for future jobs by providing them new courses in both graduate and undergraduate programs.

OSU and IBM’s collaboration is part of an initiative with 200 other academic organizations to grow analytics business curricula worldwide.

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