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IBM to open global network of advanced analytics centres

IBM Corp. www.ibm.com today announced an expansion of its capabilities around business analytics with plans to open...


April 28, 2009  


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IBM Corp. www.ibm.com today announced an expansion of its capabilities around business analytics with plans to open a network of Analytics Solution Centres around the world, beginning with five this quarter.

 

The initial centres will be located in Tokyo, London, New York City, Beijing and Washington, D.C. As part of the initiative, IBM says it will retrain or hire as many as 4,000 new analytics consultants and professionals.

 

“Advanced analytics are increasingly essential to help companies and organizations confronted with vast amounts of data and systemic change, and who are looking to build smarter business systems,” said Samuel Palmisano, IBM’s chairman, president and CEO.

 

“All organizations today need to sort through myriad choices, make smarter decisions quickly and accurately, and act decisively.”

 

The IBM Analytics Solution Centres initially will be staffed with domain experts from across IBM. As demand grows, IBM will shift training investments to hire or retrain 4,000 high-skilled workers needed for these next-generation positions.

 

IBM also announced new optimization software called IBM ILOG CPLEX 12. Scheduled to be deployed in a range of businesses, governments and quasi-governmental agencies, the software is designed to help technicians find solutions to complex problems, identify trends and predict outcomes in everything from weather forecasting to transportation scheduling and financial performance.

 

By translating problems into mathematical programming models and sophisticated optimization algorithms, IBM’s software empowers customers to consolidate and transform data, map out scenarios and make intelligent decisions based on likely outcomes.