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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – IBM (NYSE: IBM) is teaming up with DePaul University in Chicago to open a Center for Data Mining and Predictive Analytics.

The center will open in September.

DePaul will offer what it says is the nation’s first Masters of Science in Predictive Analytics.

Deepak Advani, a former executive at Lenovo who is now vice president of predictive analytics at IBM, said of the center:

"As analytics goes mainstream, organizations realize that smart and accomplished professionals fluent in this knowledge are critical to their success. IBM predictive analytics is used by academic institutions around the globe in preparing students for successful careers and giving them a significant advantage upon graduation. IBM and DePaul University share the vision that educating students in the application of predictive analytics will advance careers and create leadership opportunities in tomorrow’s workforce."

IBM will support the center with advice and information, donations of software, and also launch a certification program for students in IBM analytics.

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IBM also is rolling out a beta version of software for use on mobile devices running Android.

“IBM is committed to supporting the vast array of mobile devices out there including the Android platform,” said Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president of messaging and collaboration at IBM.

The software is designed to download IBM Lotus Notes and also enable two-way synchronization of data between Lotus Domino and mobile devices.

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In other news, IBM also announced IT-related contracts in France and India.

IBM will work with India-based Quippo-WTTIL to upgrade its information technology structure. The firm rents communications towers.

Big Blue also will work with CANAL+ Group in France to “transform” how that firm delivers programming and services distribution. The company is a pay-TV service provider.

Financial terms for the deals were not disclosed.

(The AP contributed to this report.)

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