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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Continuing its expansion into the business analytics sector, (NYSE: IBM) is opening its sixth in a series of new analytics centers in the nation’s capital.

IBM plans to hire 100 additional people to staff the center, which opens with a staff of some 400.

The center is located at IBM’s Institute for Electronic Government in D.C.

"Just as analytics is being widely adopted in corporate America to help companies achieve their business goals, there are almost limitless opportunities for the public sector to improve efficiency, effectiveness and overall performance through analytics," said Anne Altman, general manager of IBM’s Global Public Sector unit. "This center will enable greater collaboration on projects that leverage data in real time to aid in decision making and enhance citizens’ lives."

According to IBM, the analytics center is already working with U.S. Special Operations Command and the Social Security Administration on projects.

The six other centers are located in New York, Dallas, Berlin, Beijing and Tokyo.

IBM also recently acquired SPSS, a business intelligence firm based in Chicago.

IBM employs some 10,000 people in the RTP area.