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IBM opens Analytics center in China

IBM yesterday opened its third analytics center, joining centers that were opened in Berlin and Tokyo over the past few months.  Additional centers will be opened in London, New York and Washington in the near future.  

As described when the analytics centers were announced back in April, "The centers will enable IBM to meet growing client demand for advanced analytics capabilities as part of new, smarter business systems."  (Additional background can be found here.)

From the Reuters article covering the opening of the China center:

Frank Kern, president of Global Business Services (GBS), IBM's consulting arm, told Reuters in an interview on Monday that the new China Analytics Solution Centre would help Chinese businesses that are interested in making acquisitions at home and abroad.
The centre will initially will be staffed with 300 consultants, software specialists and mathematicians.
The company plans to increase the staff to 600 as demand grows, Kerns said at the opening ceremony for the centre.
"We are seeing now a lot of clients asking for advice and work on business models, on transformations, on how to create a new model for the future," he said.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, IBM General Manger Marc Chapman explained why this type of analytics center is different than traditional consulting:
"It's very different from traditional consulting, because you bring in research, mathematics, and very heavy duty statistics and optimization, which you need high computing power and complex software to do well," Marc Chapman, general manager of IBM Global Business Services in Greater China, told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview Monday. 

For the official IBM Press Release and additional news coverage, please see the links below.