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What's Watson for Midsize Companies?
Roberto Amaro 270006PURB firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  watson companies pme midsize | 490 Visits
Back on January 9th I attended the IBM announcement of its group for Watson applications. I tweeted the announcement at @FranzD #IBMWatson. Full announcement here. The Watson group ecosystem site. It had been expected for some time, but I was surprised by its scale. A billion dollars, a location in NYC, a couple of thousand people. Partners in a number of big contexts, like health care. A very big investment. I have some former colleagues there and hope to get an insider 'tour'.
At the big enterprise we were not unaware of their progress in this area. In the late 1980s we had our own artificial intelligence / expert systems efforts underway. How do we leverage massive enterprise expertise? While Baby boomers retire? Premature, but producing very real value. At that time we talked to IBM and got the impression that they had made good progress. The science was already there, pioneered by academics at MIT, Stanford and Carnegie Mellon. The science was there but the connection to real computing systems and data had just begun to mature. IBM made that happen in the coming years. Watson provided a demonstration. We waited.