IBM Reveals Watson’s Next Move: Big Data Analytics

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Watsonby Angela Guess

Doug Henschen of InformationWeek reports, “IBM on Tuesday announced the upcoming release of a cloud-based Watson Analytics service that promises to streamline and simplify the data-analysis process for untrained business users. Business people want to make data-driven decisions, but between the complexities of data acquisition and data cleansing, on the one hand, and the profusion of data-analysis and data-visualization methods on the other, it’s just way too hard for many, according to IBM. Watson Analytics is aimed at eliminating these barriers.”

Henschen continues, “Watson cognitive computing technology provides a natural-language-savvy interface to what’s described as an end-to-end data-analysis workflow. Behind the scenes, IBM is employing multiple technologies from its vast data-management and analytics portfolio: InfoSphere Data Refinery services are used to assess data sources and automatically suggest data corrections that users can accept or decline; Catalyst Engine technologies rooted in IBM SPSS analytics automatically find correlations between data sets and relevant trends in data, helping business users to understand the information and select predictive analyses; Project Neo technologies from IBM Labs automatically suggest appropriate data visualizations to make sense of the data; IBM Concert technologies evolved out of TM1 performance-management software supports collaborative decision making around visualizations and dashboards.”

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