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IBM analytics center rises in Tokyo

Posted: 15 Jul 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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IBM Corp. has launched its Tokyo-based IBM Analytics Solution center, which is part of a recently announced global network of analytics focused centers. Through these centers, IBM is addressing the growing demand for advanced analytics capabilities need to help clients build smarter business systems and drive improved decision-making.

The new center has two locations: IBM's Marunouchi office in Tokyo and IBM's Yamato Lab in Kanagawa Prefecture. The center will be staffed by 500 consultants, researchers and software experts who will be able to draw on the wealth of information available at IBM Research-Tokyo and the Yamato Software Development Laboratory. Additional expertise may be added later on.

"Today business leaders need to move beyond intuition to insight, from gut feel to facts it is now possible to see key patterns in vast amounts of data to extract critical insights and move to a new level of intelligence," said Takayuki Hashimoto, general manager of IBM Japan. "The use of business analytics offers an almost unique opportunity to help transform the way business works to become more efficient, smarter and subsequently more competitive."

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The center will draw on IBM's industry expertise and the analytic capabilities of the new Business Analytics and Optimization consulting organization. It will have access to IBM's comprehensive Information Management portfolio including technologies integrated following the acquisitions of Cognos and iLog. The center will also use mathematicians and advanced analytics experts from IBM Research.

The new center offers extensive analytics and optimization services based on innovations from IBM Research. Among the solutions featured is the Production Design and Operations Scheduling Solution which combines consulting expertise with advanced optimization technology to help steel industry clients improve steel mill production process design and operation scheduling. In addition, the center will leverage the IBM Banking Data Warehouse, which enables clients to improve business decision-making, as well as IBM's Entity Profile Management System which enables clients to discover crucial information hidden in massive quantities of data. The center will also provide expertise to help firms embed new sensor technology into their processes in order to gather better performance and management data.

In addition, the center will collaborate with IBM's banking sector clients to develop systems that provide improved visibility and tracking of risk positions across markets and asset classes, as well as industrial sector clients seeking to optimize supply their chains to drive information management and cost efficiencies. IBM also plans to expand the center to help clients across other critical industry segments like energy and utilities (smart grids) and healthcare analytics.

IBM opened the first analytics solution center in Berlin in June. The other centers will be located in London, New York City, Beijing and Washington, D.C.

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