IBM announced at the SmarterCities forum, the opening of its first European Analytics Solution Center in Berlin. Initially it was designed to serve public sector clients, universities and healthcare organizations. It is the pioneer step which would aid clients in building smarter business systems and drive improved decision-making. According to IBM’s Spreebogen site, around 100 employees will operate within, drawing services of over 300 consultants, software specialists and mathematicians across Germany. It will access expertise from the IBM Boeblingen Development Lab, one of IBM’s largest development labs worldwide that designs technologies that are key components to providing modern and innovative IT-solutions to clients.
Announcement was made at IBM Smarter Cities Summit in Berlin, which is exploring how progressive cities are modernizing to spur economic development, drive greater innovation, transform for competitive advantage and meet the pressing demands of a more engaged and intelligent citizenry. Berlin is considered as a center for administration with an international skills base, therefore, chosen for this investment. Additional centers will be located in Tokyo, New York City, Beijing and Washington, D.C. IBM’s comprehensive Information Management portfolio that includes technologies integrated following acquisitions of Cognos and iLog, will be accessed by the Berlin Center. The center’s main task will be to support the administrations, universities and healthcare sector clients to access higher quality data faster and more efficiently across administrations and organizations and to analyze and interpret it, leading to improved decision-making. Other innovative approaches will deal with key issues such as proximity to the public, transparency, efficiency and competitiveness.