IBM Opens Big Data Horizons with Huge Apache Spark Bet

Could this be the most significant open source project of the next decade? IBM is pondering the possibility. Big Blue on Monday announced a massive commitment to Apache Spark, calling it the EUmost important new open source project in a decade that is being defined by data.EU

IBM plans to embed Spark into its analytics and commerce platforms and offer it as a service on IBM Cloud. The company will also put over 3,500 IBM researchers and developers to work on Spark-related projects at over 12 labs around the world, donate its SystemML machine learning tech to the Spark open source ecosystem, and work to educate over a million data engineers on the platform.

Why such a large commitment? Beth Smith, general manager of the analytics platform for IBM Analytics, said she is convinced clients will see strong benefits as IBM helps them tap into Spark to EUadvance their own data strategies to drive business transformation and competitive differentiation.EU

IBM Sparks a Fire

Here is IBMEUs pitch: Data and analytics are embedded into the fabric of our society. The company points to the Internet of Things and popular apps as evidence, and is betting Spark can help advance large-scale data processing by improving data-dependent app performance and simplifying how IT develops data-fueled intelligent apps.

IBM seems to be making a good bet on Spark, which has rapidly gained popularity with developers and data scientists alike as a strategic platform to help integrate big data into apps more easily. One example is Optibus, which is using Spark to change the way public transportation is organized with its real-time transportation planning software.

EUSpark, together with IBM, provides a highly scalable platform for Optibus, making it easy for us to expand our software as a service offering into new markets, and helps us simplify deployment, maintenance and application...

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