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Frequently asked questions

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Why choose IBM Watson® Studio?

The IBM Watson Studio platform helps a business build and scale trusted AI on any cloud. The latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Science and Machine Learning Platforms has just been released, and IBM is delighted to be recognized as a Leader in the space. Gartner acknowledges that IBM Watson Studio on IBM Cloud Pak® for Data “delivers a modern and comprehensive solution” for organizations seeking to run and manage AI models more efficiently, simplify their AI lifecycle management, and empower their data scientists with technology that can help optimize their data-driven decision-making.

What is Watson Studio?

Watson Studio is one of the core services of IBM Cloud Pak for Data, a multicloud data and AI platform. Together with IBM Watson® Machine Learning and IBM Watson® OpenScale™, Watson Studio provides tools for data scientists, application developers and subject matter experts to collaborate and easily work with data to build, run and manage models at scale.

Is Watson Studio now only available on IBM Cloud Pak for Data? What are my deployment options?

Watson Studio is a service on IBM Cloud Pak for Data. You can deploy IBM Cloud Pak for Data in your private clouds (inside the firewalls), hybrid clouds, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.  You can also use Watson Studio on IBM Cloud Pak® for Data as a Service, which is fully managed on IBM Cloud®. Or, through integration with IBM Cloud® Satellite™, you can also run data and AI services across on-premises, edge computing and public cloud environments from any cloud vendor. You can also deploy Watson Studio on IBM Cloud Pak® for Data System, a preconfigured on-premises platform-in-a-box.

If you are only interested in a desktop client solution, we recommend IBM Watson® Studio Desktop.

What is Watson Studio Desktop?

The desktop version brings Watson Studio to your Microsoft Windows or Apple Macintosh PC. Currently, it contains IBM® SPSS® Modeler, notebooks and IBM Data Refinery, all within a single installation to bring you powerful and scalable data analysis and modeling capabilities.

Is there a free trial?

Yes. Watson Studio offers a no-cost trial through the Lite plan. You'll be able to use the Lite plan for as long as you want, subject to monthly usage limits that refresh every month.

What happened to IBM SPSS Modeler Subscription?

IBM SPSS Modeler Subscription has been renamed to IBM Watson® Studio Desktop Subscription.  However, Watson Studio Desktop subscribers are able to download a stand-alone version of SPSS Modeler Premium at no additional charge.

Is IBM Decision Optimization software available as part of Watson Studio?

Yes, IBM Decision Optimization is available with IBM Watson Studio for IBM Cloud Pak for Data.

What is the difference between the Standard and Enterprise plans for Watson Studio on IBM Cloud Pak for Data as a Service?

The Standard plan is USD 99 per month per user and gives you access to all the same functionality as the Enterprise plan. The Standard plan gives you 50 capacity unit hours (CUH) per month, and you'll only be charged extra for any CUH you use in excess of the monthly allotment. The Enterprise plan works the same way, but provides you 5,000 CUH per month, up to five authorized users and unlimited viewers.

I have multiple users on my team who need to collaborate. Which option is right for me?

The Enterprise plan for Watson Studio can enable your team to solve problems and gain advantage with enterprise-scale data science and AI. The Enterprise plan includes five authorized users, unlimited viewer collaborators, 5,000 monthly capacity unit-hours (CUH) and unlimited elastic compute environments.

What do I do if I can’t log in? It says my trial expired, but I never used this before.

IBM Watson applications are powered by IBM Cloud, and if you previously used an IBM Cloud account, that account is now expired. To continue your trial, you must obtain a code by contacting IBM through the Let’s talk button available in the lower right corner of this web page.

How do I load very large files to my project?

You can't load data files larger than 5 GB to your project from the Watson Studio application. If your files are larger, you must use the IBM Cloud® Object Storage API and load the data in multiple parts. See the curl commands for working with IBM Cloud Object Storage directly on IBM Cloud.

Where can I submit my feedback regarding Watson Studio?

IBM welcomes any feedback, requests and suggestions you have for improving Watson Studio. Visit the forum, which can connect your product improvement ideas with IBM product and engineering teams.

Is there a support website for Watson Studio?

Yes, find the appropriate version of the software and submit a ticket.

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