Watson meets the Dublin Chamber of Commerce

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dublin1I recently had the pleasure sharing details of Watson’s capabilities available on IBM Bluemix with attendees at an event hosted by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce in Ireland. At the event, themed “Cognitive computing: Disrupt or be disrupted,” attendees learned about industries where technologies such as mobile, cloud and analytics have enabled organizations large and small to shape new business models. I expanded on these examples with cognitive, IBM Watson and Bluemix.

Audience members asked me questions to better understand the technology that could infuse business with cognitive insights. Soon after, questions turned to access: “How do we register for Bluemix?” “How do we get started with Watson services on Bluemix?” “Is IBM really making this technology available to everyone?” They clearly understood the business value of cognitive. Excited, and previously unaware that this technology was available to embrace on Bluemix, attendees eagerly approached me as the event closed to share contact details. Chamber members got the opportunity to meet Watson.

Here’s what they learned: Watson is a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data.

IBM first brought Watson services to Bluemix in October 2014. Making Watson available on a platform like Bluemix put the power of cognitive computing into the hands of application developers worldwide. With a set of initial services including user modeling, machine translation and language identification, developers could build applications with an infusion of insight from Watson to address common business challenges.

Since Watson was first launched on Bluemix, IBM has grown the available Watson services from the initial eight to more than 20. With practically no barrier to entry, Watson’s capabilities are consumed by web and mobile applications built, run, scaled and managed using Bluemix.

At IBM’s premier cloud computing event, InterConnect 2016, we announced the latest Watson capabilities offered as services on Bluemix; Emotion Analysis, Tone Analzyer and Visual Recognition. A fourth service, formerly known as Text to Speech (TTS), has been updated with new emotional functionality and rebranded as Expressive TTS.

The Watson services available on Bluemix continues to evolve. Along with the new services announced at InterConnect 2016, others are being refined to better meet client requirements. If you’re curious about Watson services available on Bluemix like the Chamber event’s attendees were, take a moment to browse the service catalog online. Comprehensive documentation and examples of how to use the Watson services on Bluemix can also be found online.

If you’d like access to Watson on Bluemix, why not register with IBM Bluemix today? If you’d like to contact me for more details on the Dublin Chamber event, feel free to follow or message me on Twitter @daltonology.

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