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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – (NYSE: IBM) is continuing to expand its efforts into data analytics with the opening of a Business Analytics Solution Center in New York.

The center is just part of IBM’s The global IT giant, which employs some 10,000 people in the Triangle area, recently launched its Business Analytics and Optimization suite and is acquiring analytics-focused firms SPSS in Chicago and RedPill Solutions in Singapore.

The New York center is the latest of four operations launched by IBM this summer. Operations have already launched in Beijing, Tokyo and Berlin. Others will be opened in Washington, D.C. and London.

Big Blue is staffing the New York operation, which is located at IBM’s operations of Madison Avenue, with 450 consultants. Another 100 may be hired, the company said. Its initial focus will be on IBM’s “Smart Cities” initiative.

The analytics centers eventually will employ 4,000 people.

"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. "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 opportunities."

In these centers IBM will draw upon its vast software information management portfolio, including technologies from IBM Software and IBM Research and industry expertise from consultants in the recently launched IBM Business Analytics and Optimization services practice.