IBM Roars into Business Consulting

Its new 4,000-strong Business Analytics & Optimization Services will mine IBM's research and software divisions for innovations

In IBM's biggest foray in business consulting since it acquired PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting in 2002, the company announced on Apr. 14 that it is setting up a 4,000-person organization focused on helping corporations analyze data better and make smarter decisions. The consultants will mine IBM's research and software divisions for innovations. They'll also incorporate products from other companies.

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