From Months to Minutes: New IBM Watson Data Kits Will Mean Faster Time to AI Value

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AI can make a big difference

Many organizations want to test AI and explore its benefits, and the reason is simple: AI will be a major competitive differentiator. In the next few years, organizations that have an AI strategy are likely to disrupt those that don’t.

A problem, however, is that when data scientists develop AI, they currently spend roughly 79% of their time collecting and organizing data needed to train their AI models (Source: Forbes, 2016). This makes it challenging for business leaders to implement must-have AI technology at scale.

IBM Watson Data Kits will change this. They provide licensed, machine-readable data to train Watson in the nuances of specific industries and use cases. The kits are designed to reduce AI training time from months to as little as minutes, accelerating AI development to support faster, more-informed decision making for business leaders.

AI development becomes easier

“Big data is fueling the AI era. However, businesses need the right data to truly drive innovation,” said Kristen Lauria, General Manager of Watson Media and Content. “IBM Watson Data Kits can help bridge that gap by providing the machine-readable, pre-trained data companies require to accelerate AI development and lead to a faster time to insight and value. Data is hard, but Watson can make it easier for stakeholders at every level, from CIOs to data scientists.”

Currently in development, Watson Data Kits will be pre-trained for specific industries to meet customer needs.  To stay in touch with developments, visit: For more information about becoming an IBM technology or data partner, please visit: 

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