IBM Is Continuing to Build Its Analytics Business by Supporting Apache Spark

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- IBM (IBM) is continuing its push to make sense of the world's data, by supporting Apache Spark in its analytics and commerce platforms.

Apache Spark, which is an open source platform, helps companies to get better performance from certain applications, allowing them to load onto memory-intensive machines faster. It also makes developing apps easier.

"IBM has been a decades long leader in open source innovation. We believe strongly in the power of open source as the basis to build value for clients, and are fully committed to Spark as a foundational technology platform for accelerating innovation and driving analytics across every business in a fundamental way," said Beth Smith, general manager, analytics platform, IBM Analytics in a statement. "Our clients will benefit as we help them embrace Spark to advance their own data strategies to drive business transformation and competitive differentiation."

In addition to integrating Spark into the company's $17 billion analytics business as well as its commerce platform, IBM said it would offer Spark as-a-service on Bluemix, allowing developers to load their data, understand and best use it inside their app.

IBM has been busy building up various businesses into as-a-service platforms. This allows customers to have various software and services delivered over the Internet, as opposed to being stored locally on a computer or a server. In return, IBM gets a more predictable revenue over time.

Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM said it will also integrate the company's machine learning technology, SystemML to collaborate with Spark and help data scientists work faster to understand their businesses and what they need by applying Spark's ability to use deep intelligence across the spectrum.

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