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Collaborative Success Stories: Making IT Happen


IBM looks to the University of Missouri for a talented workforce.

In 2010, MU joined forces with economic development organizations and government leaders to attract a new IBM service center to Columbia. As part of their decision to locate in the city, IBM executives cited MU’s ability to provide a talented workforce. They also announced plans to collaborate with the university in tailoring education for their future needs. 

That collaboration has manifested in a number of ways, including a big data analytics course launched in 2013. But the course is just the beginning.

Big data analytics—examining large amounts of data to uncover hidden patterns—has created an unprecedented demand for a new type of employee: data scientists. Experts predict the demand will continue to grow—possibly outstripping the number of qualified workers.

In 2014, IBM launched a formal partnership with 28 business schools and universities around the country, including MU. The goal: to launch new curricula for data intensive careers.  As part of that project, MU is developing an interdisciplinary Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics degree.  Students will graduate with a comprehensive skill set in building and managing cloud resources, allowing them to analyze big data in journalism, engineering, informatics and other fields.

Opportunities to use this technology exist in almost every industry.  As the demand for data scientists continues to grow, the University of Missouri will help ensure that workforce needs are met.

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