IBM announces Center for Applied Innovation

Enterprise IT vendor IBM today announced the formation of the Center for Applied Innovation to offer application services to both public and private sector organizations in North America.

IBM has tied up with the University of South Carolina (USC) and Fluor Corporation for the innovation center that will have specialties in the areas of analytics and higher education industry solutions.

The organizations will collaborate on tailored IT curricula and advanced analytic techniques for personalized learning, said IBM.

“By using advanced technologies and data analytics the collaboration will help students, educators and others in higher education make intelligent decisions that improve the student experience and enhance student achievement,” said USC President Harris Pastides.

IBM announces Center for Applied Innovation

IBM and USC will develop internship opportunities that link the classroom with career pathways as well as curricula to build analytics skills. IBM will work with the Darla Moore School of Business as well as USC’s College of Engineering and Computing to team with companies on analytics solutions to their most pressing business challenges.

The Center for Applied Innovation will initially be located in existing facilities on USC’s campus and is expected to move to a new office building in the Innovista Research District anticipated to open in 2016.

IBM said the center is expected to create internships and permanent direct and indirect jobs for USC graduates and other local IT professionals. The center will adopt common methodology and tools in use across IBM, enabling the USC Center to provide the same operational benefits and efficiencies to its clients and enable collaboration with IBM delivery centers.

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