Its China Analytics Solution Center is part of a network of global centers that are supposed to address the demand for advanced analytics capabilities. IBM says China was chosen due to its status as a global center of economic development and skills base.
The initial China Center, located at IBM’s China Business Innovation Center in Beijing, will draw on expertise from across the company, including experts and consultants from analytics and optimization, mathematics modeling, software engineering and architecture research and consulting.
The Beijing center will 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 China Center will support IBM’s clients in the Greater China Region to tackle complex business problems. They can leverage IBM’s solutions in analytics and optimization, 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. The Center, according to IBM, will support IBM’s collaboration with the government.
The China Center, IBM’s first center in the growth markets, is part of IBM’s business strategy recently detailed by IBM as the company expands its capabilities around business analytics.
It opened its first two analytics solution centers in Berlin and Tokyo in June and July, respectively. The other centers will be located in London, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
As part of this initiative, IBM plans to retrain or hire about 4,000 new analytics consultants and professionals globally.