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IBM expands its reach with First Machine Learning Hub in India



IBM has opened its first Machine Learning (ML) Hub in Bengaluru, India. The hub is a physical space for organizations to visit for hands-on training on ML. It is a space where they’ll learn from, and collaborate with IBM experts to build and deploy analytic models for a new generation of intelligent applications that learns as they are used.


“IBM continues to be at the forefront of cognitive evolution. “Machine Learning” termed by an IBMer decades ago has evolved significantly. Today, it is the entry point to the cognitive era, enabling enterprises to drive critical insights. Businesses are increasingly using machine learning to support advanced analytics across a growing range of industries and initiatives.


With India’s focus on Digitization, it’s an apt time for organizations to make this transition.


IBM Machine Learning hub reiterates our mission to partner and prepare enterprises for the cognitive era by unleashing the potential of machine learning through models that are constantly improving by analyzing new data to generate real-time results which benefit businesses,” Gaurav Sharma, Vice-President – IBM India Software Labs and Growth – IBM India and South Asia.


The Bengaluru ML Hub adds to the company’s growing stable of ML Hubs, currently operating in Toronto, San Jose, California, at IBM’s Silicon Valley Lab, Beijing, and Boblingen, Germany. Through the hubs, data professionals, business analysts and engineers work with IBM data science experts to understand and master the leading tools, technologies and techniques needed to visualize, analyze and interpret data. IBM experts also help visitors build and test rapid, scalable prototypes for fast deployment of their models on their organizations’ enterprises. The hub also provides a platform for like-minded enterprises to collaborate and transform their data science processes, the company said in a statement.


According to the company, Machine Learning is gaining popularity to deal with increasingly complex data and analysis problems. By 2018, 75% of enterprise and ISV development globally will include cognitive/Al or machine learning functionality in at least one application, including all business analytics tools. In addition, Gartner forecasts highest growth in India IT spending in software and IT services for 2017 which includes building new digital platforms with ML and Artificial Intelligence at the center.