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IBM Watson’s next venture: The cloud

IBM Corp. Thursday announced that, for the first time, it will make its IBM Watson technology available as a development platform in the cloud, to "enable a worldwide community of software application providers to build a new generation of apps...


November 15, 2013  


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IBM Corp. Thursday announced that, for the first time, it will make its IBM Watson technology available as a development platform in the cloud, to “enable a worldwide community of software application providers to build a new generation of apps infused with Watson’s cognitive computing intelligence.”

The move aims to spur innovation and fuel a new ecosystem of entrepreneurial software application providers — ranging from start-ups and emerging, venture capital backed businesses to established players. 

IBM will be launching the IBM Watson Developers Cloud, a cloud-hosted marketplace where application providers of all sizes and industries will be able to tap into resources for developing Watson-powered apps. This will include a developer toolkit, educational materials and access to Watson’s application programming interface (API).

Partners that build Watson-powered apps in the cloud will be able to choose from two sources of data-driven content, to prepare their apps to uncover insights for users. App providers can use their own company’s data, or access the IBM Watson Content Store, featuring third-party content that offers data-rich resources that can fuel Watson’s ever expanding knowledge.

Named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, IBM’s transformational cognitive technology was developed in IBM’s Research Labs. Using advances in natural language processing and analytics, Watson can process information similar to the way people think, representing a significant shift in the ability for organizations to quickly analyze, understand and respond to vast amounts of Big Data.