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The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Pivotal say legacy modernization is essential to capitalise on big data

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Pivotal say legacy modernization is essential to capitalise on big data

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has announced a partnership that will see the government agency work with PaaS provider Pivotal to launch the Pivotal Innovation Centre, intended to drive enterprise adoption of big data analytics solutions.

Pivotal and the IDA say the new innovation centre will help customers execute big data analytics projects for a range of different applications, and leverage Pivotal’s resources and expertise in and around application development, data science, big data and the cloud.

The innovation centre will be open to enterprises of all sizes and public sector organisations looking to innovate in the area of data science and analytics, offering resources to help businesses modernize legacy infrastructure by leverage big data technologies like Apache Hadoop and building out new big data applications.

“IDA aims to develop Singapore into a regional data & analytics hub, where MNCs work alongside local technology enterprises and start-ups to innovate and grow the data & analytics industry,” said Jacqueline Poh, managing director, IDA.

Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), formed from the 1999 merger of the country’s National Computer Board and the Telecommunication Authority of Singapore, is responsible for the development of the use of information communication technologies within the private and public sector.

“Pivotal presents an exciting new opportunity to drive change in the way big data is applied in enterprises today – by leveraging apps, data and cloud technologies.  We are also pleased to note that Pivotal Innovation Centre is conducting workshops and seminars to train up local professionals’ understanding in data science in order to build up Singapore’s capabilities in this area.”

Pivotal says it will provide access to over $8 million (USD) worth of the company’s hardware and software, which can be used by customers as test beds and to create proof of concepts. It will also staff data scientists to work with participating businesses on their innovations.

“We’re hearing from our customers that the pressure to move fast, whilst simultaneously innovating and executing has never been greater. We envision Pivotal’s technology and expertise becoming central to enabling the implementation of successful Big Data Analytics initiatives in the region,” said Melissa Ries, vice president and general manager, APJ, Pivotal.

“We congratulate IDA on their forward thinking and are committed to supporting their efforts in Singapore’s transformation into a strategic Big Data hub. Businesses will now have a space, the infrastructure and the help of Pivotal experts to solve advanced problems through a working proof of concept without the risk of a failed high-cost initiative,” she added.

In 2010 the Singapore government embarked on an ambitious plan to increase the number of professionals innovating with big data in Singapore, working with a number of institutions and international companies to train the next generation of data-savvy professionals on best-of-breed cloud and big data technologies.

It has also helped create public-private partnerships to increase the visibility of these technologies in academic and commercial settings, appealing to local and international universities (including MIT, which now has a campus there focusing on big data and urban design) and a growing roster of international companies with facilities in Singapore like Dell, Intel, IBM, Microsoft and Salesforce in the process.

Pivotal is the latest company to partner with the Singapore government on big data and analytics as it moves to become the leading destination for big data initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region; NEC and Red Hat are among other companies that have recently answered the Singapore government’s call to help increase the use of big data in the private and public sector.

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