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IBM to bring 500 jobs to Ohio analytics center

Nov. 29, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- IBM Corp. plans to ramp up its analytics operations in Ohio, bringing 500 jobs over the next three years to a new center that's focused on data crunching and consulting services.

Company officials were expected Thursday to announce plans to establish the center in suburban Columbus. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Gordon Gee, the president of Ohio State University, were expected to attend the morning news conference.

Among other duties, the new hires at the center would build computer applications and models to allow businesses to better draw conclusions from vast amounts of data, said Ron Lovell, vice president of the IBM Client Center for Advanced Analytics.

For instance, he said the center's employees could take chunks of information from an insurance company to help find out why customers might be choosing to jump to a competitor. Clients range from banks to the auto industry.

The IBM center will have ties to Ohio State, as part of the company's plan to more easily find workers who are trained in analytics.