IBM has announced the opening of its first Machine Learning (ML) Hub in India. The hub, located in Bengaluru, is a physical space for organizations to visit for hands-on training on ML.

IBM ML Hub hosts data scientists eager to collaborate with IBM’s ML specialists. IBM's ML specialists work with companies and data professionals to implement initial prototypes while companies can collaborate with IBM experts to build and deploy analytic models for a new generation of intelligent applications that learn as they are used. IBM experts also help visitors build and test rapid, scalable prototypes for fast deployment of their models on their organizations’ enterprises.

The Bengaluru ML Hub fifth such hub by IBM in the world as other IBM ML Hubs are already operating in Toronto, San Jose, California, at IBM’s Silicon Valley Lab, Beijing, and Boblingen, Germany.

IBM continues to be at the forefront of cognitive evolution. ‘Machine Learning’ termed by an IBMer decades ago has evolved significantly. Today, it is the entry point to the cognitive era, enabling enterprises to drive critical insights. Businesses are increasingly using machine learning to support advanced analytics across a growing range of industries and initiatives. With India’s focus on Digitization, it's an apt time for organizations to make this transition. IBM Machine Learning hub reiterates our mission to partner and prepare enterprises for the cognitive era by unleashing the potential of machine learning through models that are constantly improving by analyzing new data to generate real-time results which benefit businesses.” Gaurav Sharma, Vice President – IBM India Software Labs and Growth – IBM India and South Asia.

Machine Learning is gaining popularity to deal with increasingly complex data and analysis problems. By 2018, 75% of enterprise and ISV development globally will include cognitive/Al or machine learning functionality in at least one application, including all business analytics tools.1

In addition, Gartner forecasts highest growth in India IT spending in software and IT services for 2017 which includes building new digital platforms with ML and Artificial Intelligence at the center.

To recall, tech giant Google too had launched - AI Studio, globally to foster & nurture machine learning startups worldwide.

Most recently, Karanataka government in association with NASSCOM has announced an all exclusive Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Data Sciences and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Bengaluru.

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