More than 1,200 Exabytes of digital information will be created this year and business managers capable of making the most of that data will find themselves increasingly in demand.
One Exabyte is the digital equivalent of a trillion novels.
“It’s unbelievable how much data is being created,” said Rob Ash, the general manager of business analytics for IBM at the University of Ottawa Thursday.
“The people that work for us, the people that come into our organizations, really need to be equipped to use this data.”
Making the most of the flood of data available to an organization will be the focus of study at a new analytics research centre created as a partnership between IBM and the Telfer School of Management at uOttawa.
As part of the five-year partnership, IBM is investing more than $2 million in research and development, software, services, consulting and support staff. It will also supply $1.8 million worth of hardware and software.