Making Watson available on any cloud

IBM ends siloed-AI by adding more Watson to IBM Cloud Private for Data

By | 2 minute read | February 13, 2019

During the IBM flagship Think conference in San Francisco today, businesses looking to accelerate their transformation with the IBM AI Watson were treated to news that they’ll be able to build, deploy and run AI models and applications across any cloud, giving them the freedom to apply Watson capabilities to their data wherever it is stored.

These IBM announcements center on the availability of two new Watson microservices, Watson Open-Scale and Watson Assistant, built for IBM Cloud Pak for Data, an open, cloud-native information architecture for AI. Based on the open source Kubernetes technology, these new Watson microservices can be run on IBM Cloud, or any public, hybrid or multicloud environment.

Read more about the announcement in this blog post by Rob Thomas.

This move by IBM to make Watson available everywhere will remove one of the major obstacles to scaling AI, since businesses can now leave data in secure or preferred environments and take Watson to that data. The move should especially come as good news to large enterprises, most of which store data across hybrid cloud environments and are looking for a faster, easier way to progress on their AI journey.

About the two Watson services now available on ICP for Data:

  • Watson OpenScale is an open AI platform for managing multiple instances of AI, no matter where they were developed, including the ability to explain how AI decisions are being made in real time for greater transparency and compliance.
  • Watson Assistant is an AI tool for building conversational interfaces into applications and devices. More advanced that a traditional chatbot, Watson Assistant intelligently determines when to search for a result, when to ask the user for clarification, and when to send the user to a human for personal assistance. In addition, the Watson Assistant Discovery Extension enables organizations to unlock hidden insights in unstructured data and documents.

ICP for Data users can already harness Watson Studio and Watson Machine Learning, among other services, on ICP for Data. Later this year, IBM will bring additional Watson services to ICP for Data, including Watson Knowledge Studio and Watson Natural Language Understanding.

The announcements build on the IBM focus on helping clients climb the ladder to AI with an open, prescriptive approach to AI.

Read this recent blog post about IBM being named a leader across five AI-related categories by The Forrester Wave with ICP for Data being called out in its recent report covering Enterprise Insight Platforms for the first quarter of 2019.

Get started on your journey to AI. Visit IBM Analytics and IBM Watson.

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