Now, as Steve Lohr writes in the New York Times, IBM is opening a major center for Big Data analytics in the Midwest: IBM and Ohio State University to Open Center for Big Data:
I.B.M. is taking a step to address that problem in the American heartland by opening a new data analytics center in suburban Columbus, Ohio. The center, announced on Thursday, will combine research, client services and skills training.
I.B.M. says it plans to hire 500 analytics consultants and researchers for the center over the next three years. But the larger impact on the region’s work force will likely be college students who work on projects at the center, and a partnership between I.B.M. and Ohio State University to develop new course materials for technology and business, and arrange teaching stints by Big Data professionals.