Remember from my blogging coverage of IBM’s Information on Demand event in Vegas a couple of weeks ago IBM Global Business Services exec Frank Kern let the cat out of the bag about a couple of new business analytics centers that IBM would be opening?
One in London, centering on the financial industry. The other in Washington, D.C., centering on the public sector.
Well, welcome to Washington.
On Tuesday, IBM officially announced the sixth in its network of analytics solution centers, this one dedicated to helping federal agencies and other public sector organizations extract actionable insights from their data.
Actionable insight out of Washington, D.C.? Get the popcorn ready! (along with your filibuster rally hats!)
In all business analytics seriousness, the new IBM Analytics Solution Center in Washington, D.C., will draw on the expertise of more than 400 IBM professionals to apply breakthrough streaming technologies, mathematical algorithms, and modeling.
Using these tools, IBM will help clients optimize individual business decisions, processes and even entire business models, as well as manage risk and fraud and, ultimately, improve the delivery of public services.
The new center will be located in IBM’s Institute for Electronic Government at 1301 K Street, N.W., and will serve as the hub for collaboration with federal agencies, academia, and other institutions in the Washington Metro Area.
Expected analytics projects will range from transportation and social services to defense logistics and homeland security systems.
By way of example, among the analytics projects already underway with government agencies, IBM is working with the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to modernize the planning, programming, budgeting and execution functions within the command.
USSOCOM is the combatant command within the Department of Defense that provides fully capable special operations forces to defend the U.S. and its interests. The command also plans and synchronizes operations against terrorist networks.
The project consists of the design, development and integration of a Special Operations Resource Business Information System, which speeds access to information for the command.
Another project: IBM, the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) and MedVirginia developed a first-of-a-kind electronic records exchange system to shave the amount of time to receive medical records from weeks to minutes.
IBM also worked with SSA to build a predictive model using text analytics to help identify initial disability applications that are likely quick allowances and helped reduce the amount of time for a favorable initial disability determination on these applications from months to weeks.
The Washington-based IBM Analytics Solution Center, which specializes in the work of the public sector, is part of IBM’s business strategy to expand its business analytics and optimization capabilities and services globally.
IBM has opened five other analytics solution centers – in New York, Dallas, Berlin, Beijing and Tokyo — and expects to retrain or hire as many as 4,000 new analytics consultants and professionals globally as part of these centers.