IBM has been aggressively building an arsenal of technologies for helping companies get more value out of the data they collect. Just how aggressively? Big Blue spent more than $14 billion to acquire 24 analytics companies over the past five years. Internally, 200 IBM mathematicians focus exclusively on analytics (securing nearly 500 analytics patents for IBM in the process). Out in the field, 8,000 business consultants staff IBM's business analytics and optimization services line, helping clients tackle data-related challenges.
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