Big Data analytics lab opens in SG

By Tom Noda

SINGAPORE – Newly formed US software company Pivotal unveiled on Tuesday, Oct. 22, its first global data science laboratory in Singapore and Asia to help enterprises benefit from advanced Big Data analytics.

Photo Singapore's iDA managing director Jacqueline Poh (second from left) and Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz (3rd from left) during the unveiling ceremony of the Pivotal Innovation Center

Called Pivotal Innovation Center, the facility was opened in partnership with the Infocomm Development Authority (iDA) of Singapore.

Created just six months ago, Pivotal is a spin-off of storage and cloud computing giant EMC and virtualization company VMware.

Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz, together with iDA managing director Jacqueline Poh, led the opening of the Pivotal Innovation Center whose reason for existence is to resolve the riddle on Big Data.

Maritz said Pivotal will help customers execute advanced Big Data aAnalytics projects while leveraging Pivotal’s resources and expertise in data science, agile application development, Big Data, and cloud technologies.

iDA partnered with Pivotal with a vision to make Singapore to be the “Big Data hub for Asia Pacific,” said Melissa Ries, vice president and general manager for APJ at Pivotal.

Ries said with advanced Big Data analytics, organizations will be able to get the most value out of their data quickly in weeks, rather than months or years.

“Data science is a team sport. The Pivotal Innovation Center is designed as a collaboration center where enterprises and partners can work with Pivotal data scientists to begin their transformation in an easy, low-risky way,” Reis said.

Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz

Pivotal has invested $8 million in hardware and software, and hired a team of experienced data scientists to reduce the cost of getting started.

Reis said both EMC and VMware are planning to invest $4 billion on Big Data analytics whose market opportunity is projected to go beyond $20 billion in 2016.

Maritz said besides innovations on data science, legacy system modernization, rapid application development, and data infrastructure modernization, the Pivotal Innovation Center will also lead the path to the company’s launch of its enterprise platform-as-a-service (PaaS) service on November 12.

He added Pivotal will further strengthen its pool of experienced data scientists to form the world’s “data science dream team.”

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