NEWS9 November 2012

IBM to employ 500 at new Canadian analytics centre

Data analytics North America

CANADA— IBM is to open a new global analytics centre in Halifax, Canada, which will hire 500 people over the next eight years. The company has struck a deal with the Notia Scotia government that will see the province invest up to $12m in exchange for the 500 jobs.

IBM has also arranged with a consortium of six universities and colleges to offer employment to students.

IBM will collaborate with Dalhousie University, St Mary’s University, St Francis Xavier, Acadia University, Cape Breton University and the Nova Scotia Community Colleges to educate students on analytics and application development to create a workforce.

The firm currently has similar centres in three dozen countries offering data analytics and business intelligence services to customers. John Lutz (pictured), president of IBM Canada, said: “Establishing a Global Delivery Centre in Canada has been on our radar for some time. From talent and technology, a provincial partnership approach, and competitive business costs, there is no question that Nova Scotia will be key to our Global Delivery Centre’s long-term success.”

IBM has invested heavily in acquiring data analytics companies over the past two years, spending more than $14bn on buying companies including SPSS, Coremetrics and Netezza.