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Agents of Change: EMC

Jack Loo | Jan. 29, 2013
Singapore’s IDA unveiled its Infocomm Technology Roadmap outlining nine technology trends that will shape the future. We asked various enterprise IT heavyweights for their perspectives on the Roadmap, and next up, we have EMC.

In late August 2012, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) unveiled the latest edition of its Infocomm Technology Roadmap (ITR) to chart technology trends that will figure strongly in three to five years.

Computerworld Singapore is taking the opportunity to set the ITR as the foundation layer for its year-ahead feature. Heavyweights in the enterprise IT space are talking about their perspectives on the Roadmap; the industry developments and customer demands that they foresee happening in the specific themes that these technology giants operate in.

In the seventh part of a regular feature, EMC is talking about its 2013 product and services roadmap, industry developments, customer demands and case study scenarios. The spokesperson is Eric Goh, Managing Director, Singapore, EMC Corporation.

Eric Goh EMC

Big Data

We achieved great success in igniting the Big Data conversation in 2012 with our Human Face of Big Data campaign and definitely look to sustain and increase this level of interest. We have also evolved the customer conversations to focus more on the emergence of data science as well as the integration and implementation of data analytics.

Earlier this year, EMC acquired Pivotal Labs, which serve to enable organisations to store, analyse and take action on big data. At about the same timeframe, EMC introduced the Greenplum Unified Analytics Platform (UAP) that delivered, for the first time, a scaled-out infrastructure for analysing both structured and unstructured data.

The introduction of EMC Greenplum Chorus, another industry first, delivers a Facebook-like social collaboration tool for data science teams to iterate on the development of datasets and ensure that useful insights are delivered to the business quickly. And just recently, EMC partnered Kaggle to tackle the short supply and heavy demand for data scientists by bringing together 55,000 data scientists through its Greenplum Chorus platform built for data science.

Both Gartner and IDC recently reported that only one-third of the one million big data jobs will be filled by 2015. As a leader in the Big Data space, EMC has been leading and advocating the training and development of Big Data-specific roles to address this gap. In Singapore, EMC will be working on our partnership with the Infocomm Development Authority in developing a Center of Attachment (COA) to provide level training for data science roles in response to the forecasted shortfall in demand for data scientists.

As highlighted during the Infocomm Technology Symposium 2012, the development and deployment of technology should be mapped against the needs of various industry sectors in order to address challenges in creating a smart, intelligent and competitive Singapore.

Thus, we predict emerging conversations around how the large amounts of data collected from and information shared by Singaporeans will drive the various government policies around pertinent areas of concern such as population growth, housing and public transport.


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