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IBM opens analytics centre in Beijing

Friday, November 6, 2009 - 10:48

IBM has opened its third analytics centre in China in order to address the growing demand for advanced analytics capabilities.

The new centre in Beijing is IBM’s first one in the growth markets and third overall after it opened similar ones in Berlin and Tokyo in June and July, respectively.

China Analytics Solution Centre will draw on expertise from across the company, including experts and consultants from analytics and optimisation, mathematics modelling, software engineering and architecture research and consulting. The centre will initially be staffed with 300 consultants, software specialists and mathematicians and be ramped up to 600 within a “reasonable timeframe”.

The China Centre aims to support IBM’s clients in the Greater China Region to tackle complex business problems in analytics and optimisation, including hardware, software, consulting services and research.

It will initially focus on smarter grid, smarter supply chain management and smarter city covering transportation and traffic management, and water management. It will support and accelerate IBM’s collaboration with the government, enabling the country’s stimulus plan with advanced analytic solutions.

IBM is planning three more centres in London, New York, and Washington, comprising 4,000 consultants in these six analytics centres.

Last week, IBM agreed to acquire SPSS Inc. for $1.2 billion.

According to Interactive Data, the market research company, the worldwide market for business analytics software will grow by 4% to $25 billion this year.

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