Athens, Greece - 15 April 2014 - IBM will establish a new Big Data and Business Analytics Center of Competence in Athens, Greece. The new center will lead Big Data and Business Analytics client engagements in the region, working closely with IBM’s global network of Business Analytics Centers in Berlin, Beijing, Dallas, London, New York, Tokyo, Washington and Zurich.
“We believe that Big Data, Business Analytics and Cognitive Computing have a crucial role to play as enablers and as a source of competitive advantage for the Greek economy,” said Spyros Poulidas, General Manager, IBM Greece & Cyprus. “At IBM, we see Big Data as the next new natural resource that provides the basis for developing solutions, which offer not only business advantage, but also the platform to drive Greece's competitiveness in the global marketplace.”
Furthering its focus on Big Data and Analytics in Greece, IBM is also collaborating with Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) to provide lectures, case studies and workshops on Big Data and Business Analytics. In addition, IBM will co-operate with the University of Piraeus on the development and design of hands-on practical sessions in Business Intelligence and Business Analytics modules of MBA programs.
Academic partnerships are part of a multitude of initiatives IBM has instituted worldwide to help narrow the skills gap between the millions of Big Data and Analytics jobs being created and the number of scientists and engineers, who have the education and hands-on experience to fill them.
IBM has established the world’s deepest portfolio of Big Data and Analytics technology that spans research and development, solutions and software. IBM has invested $24 billion to build its capabilities in Big Data and Analytics, through R&D and more than 30 acquisitions. Today, more than 15,000 analytics consultants, 6,000 industry solution business partners, and 4,000 IBM mathematicians and are helping clients use Big Data.