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August 2, 2009

IBM launches advanced analytics centre in China

New centre to focus on grid, supply chain management, transportation and traffic management, and water management

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM has launched China Analytics Solution centre, which would be part of the network of global centres addressing the demand for analytics capabilities to help clients build smarter business systems and drive improved decision-making. The centre is located at IBM’s China Business Innovation centre in Beijing.

The company said the China centre is expected to be staffed initially by up to 300 consultants, software specialists and mathematicians, with plans to retrain or hire an additional 300 as demand grows. The company claimed that the centre will support IBM’s clients in the Greater China Region to tackle business problems by leveraging IBM’s capabilities in analytics and optimisation, including hardware, software, consulting services and research.

IBM said that the China centre is part of its business strategy as it expands capabilities around business analytics. The centre will initially focus on grid, supply chain management, transportation and traffic management, and water management.

D.C. Chien, CEO of IBM Greater China Group, said: Business leaders today need to move beyond intuition to a more predictive capability and certainty about outcomes. It is now possible to see patterns in vast amounts of data to extract critical insights and move to a new level of enterprise intelligence.

Not only does the ability to create smarter digital and physical infrastructures herald the ability to improve the quality of life for our citizens, it is fundamental to improving competitive advantage and delivering economic growth.

IBM opened its first two analytics solution centres in Berlin and Tokyo in June and July, respectively. The other centres are expected to be located in London, New York City, and Washington, D.C. As part of this initiative, IBM plans to retrain or hire as many as 4,000 new analytics consultants and professionals globally.

The company added that additional China Analytics Solution centres will be opened in the future in other cities across the China, providing service areas and leveraging each city’s specific competency.

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