A little less than a year after IBM announced the launch of its Business Analytics and Optimization Services, a client-focused consultancy to provide business analytics, it has announced the opening of a global hub in China for the development of new predictive analytics software. The new hub is to be part of IBM’s China Development Laboratory (CDL), IBM’s largest network of software labs with more than 5,000 software engineers, and follows a pattern that IBM has laid down over the past year that has seen business analytics hubs being opened in locations as far apart as the UK and India.