IBM has announced the launch of a New York-based IBM Business Analytics Solution Center. The New York analytics center follows on the heels of Big Blue launching a new Linux Innovation Center in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
IBM has announced the launch of a New York-based IBM Business
Analytics Solution Center. The New York analytics center follows on the
heels of Big Blue launching a new Linux Innovation Center in the
Republic of Kazakhstan.
The new center is part of a network of global analytics centers
addressing the growing demand for the complex capabilities needed to
build smarter cities and help clients optimize business processes and
IBM officials said the new Business Analytics Solution Center will
be housed at IBM's 590 Madison Ave. location, and it will draw on
expertise from across the company, including IBM's Business Analytics
and Optimization consulting organization, IBM Research skills in
mathematical modeling and optimization, software engineering, and
The New York-based IBM Business Analytics Solutions Center will be
supported initially by up to 450 consultants, researchers, and experts
in advanced software platforms with plans to retrain or hire an
additional 100, as demand grows. IBM officials touted the center's
potential for creating new employment opportunities in New York City.
The New York-based IBM Business Analytics Center, the first center
to open in the United States, is part of the recently detailed IBM
business strategy to expand IBM's capabilities around business
analytics and optimization. IBM opened three other analytics solution
centers in Berlin, Beijing and Tokyo over the summer. The remaining
centers will be located in London and Washington, D.C. As part of this
initiative, IBM expects to retrain or hire as many as 4,000 new
analytics consultants and professionals globally.
"The New York Business Analytics Center and our broader focus on
analytics is the latest example of IBM moving to focus on the higher
value segments of the services marketplace," Fred Balboni, Global
Leader, IBM Business Analytics and Optimization Services, told eWEEK.
"Analytics will be key in helping civic and business leaders face an
unprecedented series of challenges that demand a new approach. We see
New York as a hub of innovation around smarter cities and business and
are excited to apply our expertise to help meet these challenges."
New York City was chosen because of its status as a global center of
finance and its innovations in public safety, municipal government and
21st century urban development, IBM officials said. The IBM Advanced
Business Analytics Center will initially focus on all aspects in the
development of infrastructure for "smarter" cities, including public
safety, transportation and traffic, water and energy optimization. One
solution IBM will leverage through the center is the IBM Smarter Cities
Assessment Tool, which uses analytics to help cities benchmark their
overall capabilities against peer locations, highlight relative
strengths and weaknesses and provide initial recommendations for
Through the IBM Business Analytics Center, IBM Research will
collaborate with regional universities to work with New York City and a
variety of cities around the world on Smarter City solutions and work
force development programs. IBM Research is currently collaborating
with the City University of New York (CUNY) and New York University
(NYU) along with industry leaders on a program to develop new
technologies for cities, IBM said.
The center also will focus on supporting IBM's banking and financial
markets clients in the development of systems to provide improved
viability and tracking of their risk positions across all markets and
"We're seeing an incredible opportunity for businesses, institutions
and governments to elevate the performance of all existing systems to
another level via the application of advanced analytics," said Phil
Guido, general manager of the Eastern U.S. for IBM, in a statement.
"Through close collaboration with universities, educational
organizations and local leaders, we are making this investment in New
York to encourage further development of the necessary skills required
to apply analytics to the region's most complex challenges and biggest
Meanwhile, on Sept. 25 IBM announced the opening of a Linux
innovation center in Astana, Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is probably best
known as the home of the Borat character made famous by Sacha Baron
Cohen in the movie "Borat." However, the Eastern European country
represents an untapped, emerging market for high-tech that IBM views as
a ripe opportunity, particularly for open-source technology such as
"Like many emerging markets, Kazakhstan faces the ambitious task of
growing and enhancing its IT infrastructure very fast to match the
demands of a new economy," said Inna Kuznetsova, IBM's vice president
of Systems Software, marketing and sales enablement, in a statement.
"Using open source and standards-based computing, Kazakhstan can avoid
the pitfalls of an expensive, proprietary infrastructure and build a
more flexible IT foundation to expedite economic development. The Linux
center will deliver educational and practical resources to bolster open
source adoption and spur innovation."
The mission of the IBM Center of Innovation for Linux and Open
Standards is to drive the development and adoption of open standards
and open-source technologies among businesses and government
organizations of Kazakhstan. The Center will help local software
developers increase their Linux and open standards expertise and better
connect them to the worldwide Linux community.
The initial key projects of the Linux center include providing
support to regional independent software vendors (ISVs) and IBM
business partners to localize major worldwide applications and ensure
availability of key local applications on Linux, and developing
prototypes of e-government services and other government projects based
on Linux and open source, among other things.
IBM also offers Linux expertise and resources around the world
through capabilities available at more than 40 full-service IBM
Innovation Centers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bangalore, India; Moscow and other
locations, such as the Cape Town, South Africa center, which opened
recently. The Linux resources available at these centers include free
Linux workshops, help in porting Linux applications, remote access to
Linux running on IBM System z and more.