IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced it will establish a new analytics center in Columbus, Ohio that will create 500 new high-paying IT jobs and nurture economic development in the region through a broad partnership with Ohio State University, JobsOhio, Columbus 2020, and others.
Ohio Governor John R. Kasich joined IBM executives and representatives from Ohio State and Columbus2020 for the opening of the IBM Client Center for Advanced Analytics in Dublin, a Columbus suburb.
As per IBM, the “client services lab is intended to spark economic competitiveness that will draw on the expertise of educational institutions and industry partners to create a world-class ecosystem serving industries’ fastest-growing technical disciplines aligned to business analytics.”
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.
“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, IBM Software Solutions Group. “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 the world.
IBM will partner with Ohio State to develop job-ready graduates through new course curriculum in its graduate and undergraduate programs.
“Our strong collaboration with IBM will help our students across a variety of majors gain the latest skills in this burgeoning Big Data discipline and set them on a path to secure the high skilled jobs of the future,” said Christine A. Poon, dean, Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business.
In a blog post on Smarter Planet, the dean elaborated that Ohio State would develop “new business and technology curricula to help students and professionals gain the latest skills in analytics and prepare for high value jobs, including the 500 new analytics consultant positions IBM is committed to adding in Ohio over the next three years.”
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) addressed attendees at the event virtually in the form of a video.
“A new advanced analytics center that involves many community stakeholders proves that collaboration is critical to our long-term success,” said Sen. Brown. “Scaling up research and development isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue; it’s not a private sector or government issue; creating new jobs and investing in new R&D is about doing what’s best for our state.”
The Columbus, Ohio center will be connected to 200 IBM client centers globally, and IBM’s network of eight Analytics Solution Centers with expertise in the needs of state, local and federal government organizations.