What is data science?

A way to get the greatest value from your data

Data science is the process of using algorithms, methods and systems to extract knowledge and insights from structured and unstructured data. It applies advanced analytics and machine learning (ML) to help users predict and optimize business outcomes.

Data science solutions from IBM empower your business with the latest advances in AI, machine learning and automation to support the full data science lifecycle — from preparing and exploring data to building, deploying, managing and monitoring models. Use data science software from IBM on IBM Cloud Pak® for Data, a containerized data and AI platform, to build and run models anywhere — on any cloud and on premises.

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IBM is named a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Science and Machine Learning Platforms

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IBM Watson Studio

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IBM Watson® Studio

Build, run and manage AI models where your data lives and deploy anywhere in your hybrid, multicloud environment. Automate the AI lifecycle and accelerate time to value with an open, flexible architecture.

IBM Watson Studio Desktop

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IBM Watson® Studio Desktop

Explore data and build models with a 2020 Edison Award winner for analysis and predictive models. Use self-service, drag-and-drop data analytics from your desktop to gain insights faster.


IBM Cloud Pak® for Data

Collect, organize and analyze data across any cloud with a fully integrated data and AI platform.

IBM® SPSS® Modeler

Accelerate time to value with this leading visual data science and machine learning tool.

IBM Decision Optimization

Gain prescriptive analytics capabilities to optimize decisions with a family of products.

Data science use cases

Use data for competitive gain


Get up to speed on AI governance

Explore what AI governance is, why it matters and how to make AI trustworthy.

CxO guide to growth with AI

Learn how high-growth leaders in AI are setting themselves apart in their industries.

ESG Technical Validation

See how easily businesses can apply prescriptive analytics using IBM Decision Optimization software.

2020 Gartner Peer Insights

Discover what customers said about machine learning and data science platforms, including IBM Watson Studio.

2020 IDC MarketScape

See why IBM is named a Leader in the 2020 IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Advanced Machine Learning Software Platforms.

7 benefits of open source data science

Discover what you gain from using open source data science on a multicloud data and AI platform.

Data science online courses

Pursue data science certifications and online courses at your own pace

Introduction to data science

Gain the key foundational skills needed by a data scientist with this Specialization course.

Data science certificate

Prepare for an entry-level data scientist position with the IBM Data Science Professional Certificate.

Machine Learning Rapid Prototyping

Learn about the automated AI capabilities of IBM Watson Studio; for practicing data scientists.

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IBM Cognos® Analytics

An AI-infused business intelligence solution that visually delivers descriptive and prescriptive analytics

IBM ILOG® CPLEX® Optimization Studio

A prescriptive analytics tool that enables rapid development and deployment of decision optimization models

IBM Decision Optimization Center

A configurable platform for building and deploying optimization-based decision-making applications 

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