IBM plans to hire 500 for big data work in Columbus

New advanced analytics center will focus on commercializing Watson technologies

IBM is planning to build a cutting-edge data analytics center in Columbus, Ohio, and the city wants to make it worth its while. The company will get approximately $4.5 million worth of tax breaks and other incentives for creating new big data jobs for the city, reports Paul McDougall at InformationWeek.

The IBM Client Center for Advanced Analytics will employ about 500 people, according to the company's projections. IBM is partnering with The Ohio State University, Jobs Ohio and Columbus 2020 to operate the center, where employees will work primarily on commercializing the technologies behind the Watson supercomputer.

For its part, Ohio State will come up with new courses in big data analytics and related fields so that student pursuing a number of different majors can gain the latest skills.

For more:
- see Paul McDougall's article at InformationWeek

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