IBM opens big data research lab to focus on advanced applications

IBM has opened a new research lab in San Jose, Calif., called the Accelerated Discovery Lab. Its purpose is to bring together subject matter experts in key areas — the company cites drug discovery, social analytics and predictive maintenance (aka the industrial internet) — with the data and tools they need to make new discoveries in their fields. For IBM, which has billions in revenue riding on these industries, the more it can prove its worth to them, the better.

More Proof: Businesses Like iPad

During the last Apple conference call, Steve Jobs crowed about Apple’s growing enterprise presence. A new report illustrates just how well iOS is doing in business; 4,000 new iPads and iPhones are ready to be put to use at a major pharmaceutical company, the report says.