Additionally, we have launched data platform version 2.6, which leverages open source innovations to deliver enhanced services in real time. We call it industry's only secure, enterprise-ready open source Apache Hadoop distribution. It addresses the complete requirements of data-at-rest and delivers robust analytics to accelerate decision making.
We have also collaborated with strategic data center players, to enable enterprise-grade connected data platforms. It enables our customers to receive integrated solutions for addressing their modern data architecture requirements.
Developing skills needed around data science and data technologies are also a part of our big data initiatives. We are also actively looking at partnering with government and education providers to manage the skill shortage.
How are the Asian countries doing in the big data space, especially India? How are you beating the skills gap?
While some Asia-Pacific regions are more cutting edge than others in terms of deployment and being mission-critical ready, there are others who are still behind. However, countries like Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia are leading the curve. And therefore, we believe this is the right time to be in this industry and develop skills needed around data science and data technologies.
India is certainly a very forward-looking country primarily from the digitization point, and a major user of Hadoop. This is because of the government initiated projects like Digital India, IndiaStack, Aadhar, and etcetera.
Although the North American market is way ahead in terms of business, but India along with other Asian countries is catching up rapidly. Also, the growth curve is much steeper for Indian and APAC as compared to North America.
To balance the skills shortage for data scientists in the region, we are eyeing opportunities in the Indian market as well as to hire talent here. We have opened an office in Bengaluru, where our engineering, sales and support team are anchored.
This center would employ120 people to do the R&D, and provide consulting and support services to businesses. We aim to plow more investment in international markets this year and drive more usage of its connected data platforms and new solutions.
What is your public sector spending? How much priority are you giving to the government sector of the country?
Public sector organizations in India are always struggling to extract insights from data using different sources. And their resource and budget constraints make it an even greater challenge for organizations. Therefore we have come up with enterprise-grade economic solutions, with which customers can turn all their data to competitive advantage at an affordable price.
The government of India has always been our major focus. With the sector being in the middle of a massive digital transformation, they are keen to adopt emerging platforms along with big data solutions. Also, we have some service integration which will help us integrate with companies who are building niche offerings on top of the data platform in open source.
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