Imagine if you could build the next-generation personalized shopping assistants to help consumers find exactly what they are looking for. Imagine if you could help doctors navigate the vast body of medical documents to find the better cure for patients. Imagine if you could help passengers better plan their trips by suggesting ideal routes and places to stay.
Imagine no more.
Today we’re proud to announce the launch of the Watson Ecosystem: a cloud-based platform that puts the power of the Watson technology into the hands of you, our business partners. You can harness Watson's abilities to analyze and respond to natural language, and then adapt and learn with new interactions and outcomes. By opening Watson as a platform for development by others, IBM is looking to unleash a wave of innovation that will benefit the way that we as a society live, work and operate.
IBM will offer a Software Development Kit (SDK) to ISVs for self-service training, development and testing of their embedded application. The application's content can come from you or a third-party content provider.
The Watson Ecosystem offers the following opportunities:
- Build applications on top of the Watson Developer Cloud: The ecosystem's cloud-based infrastructure provides the performance, control and flexibility necessary to run, manage and optimize SaaS applications.
- Leverage the Watson Content Store: Identify and supply content that will build context and support applications.
- Build and find skills through the Watson Talent Hub: Get access to technical, business or design talent, underwritten by an IBM certification program.
Initially, the Watson Ecosystem will focus on three key industries—retail, travel and healthcare—but it will expand over time. We expect the first Watson-powered solutions to go live in the first half of 2014. The program will be available globally, but the technology currently supports only the English language.
Hear what Sandy Carter, General Manager, IBM Ecosystem Development, says about this new platform:
If you are interested in collaborating with IBM to develop Watson-powered applications, learn more at the Watson Ecosystem for Business Partners Resource.