IBM opens business analytics centre in India

IBM is to set up what it calls a Business Analytics Center of Competency in Bangalore, India. It is intended to capitalise on a growing demand from global enterprises.

IBM is to set up what it calls a Business Analytics Center of Competency in Bangalore, India. It is intended to capitalise on a growing demand from global enterprises.

IBM is one of several big IT services suppliers tapping into the abundant supply of relatively low-cost IT skills in Bangalore, such as Capgemini and Accenture.

Representatives of IBM workers have strongly criticised IBM's strategy of cutting jobs in the US and elsewhere, while expanding in offshore locations like India.

IBM's new business analytics centre is to offer global support and is expected to be staffed by over 200 consultants with advanced analytics skills.

"These experts will collaborate with local client teams to craft advanced solutions that apply analytics to a company's most complex information-based challenges and biggest opportunities," IBM said in a statement.

The demand for deep analytical skills has begun to emerge as a strategic imperative, as companies seek a competitive advantage in today's transformed global economy, the company said.

Some 83% of CIOs polled in a recent IBM study identified business intelligence and analytics as their top priority to enhance their organisations' competitiveness.

The new centre is an important component in IBM's expanding portfolio of business analytics capabilities, said Fred Balboni, global leader of IBM Business Analytics and Optimization.

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