Big data and RTI's partnership with IBM

By Jacques Jimeno 16 October 2015

RTI International senior officials Luis Crouch and Aaron Williams talk to Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar on the potential of big data and their organization’s partnership with IBM.

Big data has garnered much attention in recent months, from being at the core of discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals, to winning a ringing endorsement from billionaire philantropist Bill Gates.

Luis Crouch, RTI International’s chief technical officer, therefore thinks the “time is right” for a data revolution.

But while there is vast potential for big data in development, he cautions there are also some pitfalls. It’s not merely an application of big data on a development issue, Crouch tells Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar in an exclusive video interview.

This focus on getting the data revolution right is the springboard on which the partnership between RTI and tech giant IBM rests.

Aaron Williams, RTI’s executive vice president of government relations and corporate communications, told Devex that IBM’s capability and RTI’s expertise in the development sector means the partnership can “deploy big data analytics and cognitive technologies to help transform development approaches in Africa and around the world.”

Watch the clip above to learn more about RTI’s partnership with IBM and the importance of big data for the global development sector.

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About the author

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Jacques Jimeno

Jacques is a copy editor at Devex’s news production team. Previously, he worked with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the World Wide Fund for Nature. He is currently taking his master’s degree in communication from the University of the Philippines Diliman.


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