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Singapore Leverages Open Source Solutions to Drive Business Analytics Development
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/
Source Date: Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Singapore
Created: Oct 08, 2013

The Business Analytics Translational Centre (BATC), a cross-agency national level initiative by the Agency of Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with leading open source solutions provider Red Hat to help accelerate innovation and drive adoption of business analytics in their upcoming projects.


According to an official statement, Red Hat will be collaborating with BATC in areas of big data, middleware, Platform-as-a-service (PaaS), cloud and storage, for the innovation and development of its various initiatives.


BATC is a leading player in the strategic technology translation for big data and analytics in Singapore. To date, a number of open source based applications for data analytics have been developed through collaborative initiatives between the A*STAR and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).


An example of which is BATC’s SocialSenseTM which runs on Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®. It incorporates a number of A*STAR intellectual properties in data analytics, semantic information processing, text mining and enables organisations to analyse user-generated data feeds on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. It automatically analyses user feedback and sentiments in real-time which gives organisations an understanding on how the public perceives them and their outreach programmes.


“We are cognisant of the advantages open source technology offers to drive the development of rapid prototype applications for business and technical requirements gathering and business use-case validation. Organisational lead users can then rapidly discern the value of Business Analytics and formulate effective strategies for organisational-wide BA transformation,” said Dr Tan GeokLeng, Chairman of BATC Management Committee and Executive Director for the Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC). 

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