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Surface rich insights and answers from your enterprise data with any of our three IBM Watson® Discovery pricing plans. Start as low as USD 500 per month or upgrade to the IBM Cloud Pak® for Data cartridge with unlimited features. Talk to an IBM sales representative to learn more.

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Pricing plans


30-day no-cost trial
Build advanced NLP apps or integrate with IBM Watson® Assistant


Use one or more IBM Watson® services for better isolation and security

IBM Cloud Pak for Data cartridge

Deploy anywhere and build on any cloud or on premises

Watson Discovery Pricing

Select from three unique pricing plans to find the best fit for your business.

Pricing details

IBM Cloud Pak for Data cartridge
Pricing Contact us Contact us
Pricing units Install, documents Install, documents
No-cost trial
Documents included 100,000
Queries included 100,000
Document limit Unlimited Unlimited
Queries limit Unlimited Unlimited
Pre-built connectors
Smart Document Understanding (SDU)
Passage retrieval
Relevancy training
WKS model integration
Project-based UI (v2)
Content mining
Table identification & retrieval
Reusable components
Reading comprehension (Beta)
Custom dictionaries/regex/patterns
Real-Time/ Analyze API
Contract understanding
Availability SLA 99.90% N/A
Data isolation
Mutual authentication
Compute isolation
Premium IBM Cloud Pak for Data cartridge

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Language support

Watson Discovery supports up to 22 languages depending on the plan and features.

Frequently asked questions

Get answers to common questions and links to learn more.

How are IBM Watson Discovery, IBM Watson® Natural Language Understanding, and IBM Watson Knowledge Studio related?

Use all three products together or independently of one another, depending on your use case. Watson Natural Language Understanding is a best-in-class text analytics service that can be integrated into an existing data pipeline. IBM Watson Discovery incorporates Watson Natural Language Understanding, while also offering data storage and multiple ingestion options. This structure allows powerful queries to extract insights by serving as a powerful cloud-native insight engine. Use Watson Knowledge Studio with Watson Discovery and Natural Language Understanding to customize text extraction of entities and relations using machine learning models.

How do Watson Discovery and Watson Assistant work together?

Watson Assistant uses a search skill to route complex inquiries to Watson Discovery. Watson Discovery treats the user input as a search query. The platform finds information relevant to the query from data inside its collections and returns that information to Watson Assistant.

How can I calculate pricing based on my usage?

Please visit our pricing calculator which gives a monthly estimate of your costs based on your chosen plan.

How can I upgrade my plan?

Please visit the Watson Discovery subscription page, which provides the opportunity to upgrade your plan.

How can I customize Watson Discovery?

Watson Discovery offers many features for you to modify the platform to meet your needs, including natural language processing (NLP), relevancy model, and ingestion pipeline customizations.

What data types are supported?

The Premium and IBM Cloud Pak for Data cartridge plans aim to support the following data types: PDF, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PNG, TIFF, JPG, JSON and HTML.

What are some pre-built connectors and supported data sources?

For the IBM Cloud®, the platform supports Box, Salesforce, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft SharePoint 2016 (on-premises, IBM Cloud Object Storage, IBM FileNet, IBM AppConnect, and Web Crawl.

For IBM Cloud Pak for Data, the platform supports: Box, Salesforce, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft SharePoint 2016 (on-premises, Web Crawl, Database, Windows File System, Local File System, FileNet P8, upload your data and Cloud Pak for Data custom connector.

What are the Plus plan pricing details?

The Plus plan comes with a 30-day no-cost trial for the first instance created in an account. Any additional instances will not be eligible for the no-cost trial.

The Plus plans start at USD 500 per month for up to 10,000 documents and 10,000 queries per month. Per additional thousand documents, the rate is USD 50.

Per additional thousand queries per month, the rate is USD 20.

What counts towards documents?

The document usage metric counts the number of documents that are stored in Watson Discovery during the month. For example, an instance that stores 20,000 documents for the entire month would see USD 5 * (20,000-10,000 included)/1000 = USD 50 in additional documents costs plus the base rate.

What counts towards Queries?

A query is any application programming interface (API) call made to the query endpoint. Use case queries are closely tied to the number of users of your end application. To estimate, consider the number of monthly users you expect and the number of operations for retrieving answers you expect each to do.

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