IBM's Watson, cognitive biz take off in India

IBM's Watson, cognitive biz take off in India

IBM India is bringing transformational changes in Indian business landscape using  its cognitive technologies and Watson modular services, IBM India Software Labs Vice President Kaushik Bhaskar said on Monday.

Bhaskar told Deccan Herald that when he started off his journey in India 26 months back, business adoption of latest technologies like analytics and mobility were only hype. “But the situation changed dramatically and that is visible after two years. Now we are witnessing India leapfrog by embracing technologies and taking competitive advantage,” Bhaskar said.

The IBM Vice President said telecom, banking, education, retail, eCommerce, and manufacturing have started availing its cognitive technologies and Watson modular services. Cognitive technologies  are brought by smart machines that automate aspects of decision-making processes. Organisations can create architectures for cognitive technologies that support more than a single application.

Watson modular services are available by subscription in the cloud and adopted in the country for analytics and in social media segment. “Adoption of these modular services are extremely positive now.  Every industry in the country is looking at various avenues for staying relevant. India is a volume player and value player. IBM will have to stay relevant  by bringing out technologies that will help companies in this regard,” he said.

He said during IBM Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty’s recent visit to India she made it clear that 21st century could be and will be an Indian century.

When asked about the IoT, he said IBM has implemented image recognition as part of IoT. Devices with innovative platforms can read images and translate them into simple sentences. After doing analytics, it can also make prediction. “One success story is in ATM operations. It is also evolving in auto industry, GPS-enabled services and emergency healthcare,” said Bhaskar.

Meanwhile, IBM Labs on Monday unveiled its latest innovations. Besides emergency responses using analytical solution framework, IBM also unveiled personalised learning on cloud to give students exceptional experience, and Apatani — an mHealth solution for  community health workers.

Digital Locker, which provides dedicated personal storage space linked to each resident’s Aadhaar number, got wide attention. The programme aims to enable citizens to share e-documents with government agencies, thus eliminating the need for hard copies of notarised documents. Similarly, AutoDX, a business-to-business (B2B) cloud-based network, accelerates the movement of data and reduces transaction costs by up to 80 per cent, IBM said.
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