IBM launched a global skills initiative to inform and educate clients, business partners, and college students about IBM software and the Watson computing system, covering topics such as Big Data, analytics, data management, and open source technologies. The initiative provides IT professionals free access to 1,200 on-site skills bootcamps at client, partner, and university locations worldwide, at 38 IBM Innovation Centers, and online at DB2University.com.
Professionals are looking for disruptive technologies like Watson to help them capitalize on the growing volume, variety, and velocity of information known as "Big Data." Big Data includes the massive amount of public information available on the web, information generated by sensors, mobile devices, social networks, cloud computing, and public sources of information that are not integrated into a company's existing information management platforms.
Among the organizations participating in this initiative are Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., MGM College of Engineering & Technology in western India, and the Sri Lankan-based Haycarb, a green tech company. Perficient, Inc., partnered with IBM to assist in content creation for the bootcamps.