Pivotal opens innovation center in Asia to help enterprises tap big data

The Singapore lab is its first worldwide and will help customers execute advanced analytics projects. It will offer affordable access to its data scientist and lab resources, and also provide training co-funded by the government.

SINGAPORE--Pivotal, the spinoff initiative from EMC and VMware, has set up a lab in Singapore, which will be its first dedicated to helping customers execute advanced big data analytics projects.

Paul Maritz, CEO of Pivotal (third from left) next to Melissa Ries, Pivotal's vice president and general manager for Asia-Pacific and Japan, at the opening ceremony. (credit: Ryan Huang/ZDNet)

Called the Pivotal Innovation Center, it will help companies reduce the cost of getting started by providing the infrastructure and test bed for experiments and proof of concepts, said Melissa Ries, vice president and general manager for Asia-Pacific and Japan at Pivotal.

Pivotal will provide access to over US$8 million worth of its hardware and software. This includes resources and expertise in data science, agile application development, big data and cloud technologies.

The center will also house a showcase of prototype projects to help enterprises have an idea where and how to get started.

Paul Maritz, CEO of Pivotal, noted that besides access to tools, companies would need to have their own expertise to use them. This is where the partnership with Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) will facilitate training for homegrown talent .

Under a center of attachment program, companies can send their employees for various training stints ranging from a 1 day workshop to a 12 week lab. They will be able to bring their own problems to get architectual guidance on their big data projects. The workshop costs and trainees' salaries will be co-funded by IDA for Singapore citizens and permanent residents.

Greg Whalen, Pivotal's chief data scientist for Asia-Pacific and Japan, giving a tour of the lab where customers can find out more about various analytics applications. (credit: Ryan Huang/ZDNet)

The opening of the Pivotal Innovation Centre comes three weeks ahead of the launch of the company's enterprise Platform-as-a-Service product , Pivotal CF, which is powered by Cloud Foundry.

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