India will be hub of cognitive technology: IBM CEO

Co takes on board two Indian partners on Watson ecosystem

India will be hub of cognitive technology: IBM CEO

India will be the hub of cognitive technology, around the globe, and will transform how companies are looking at products and services ,with IBM’s Watson will play a major role in that journey, said IBM Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty.

In an interaction on Tuesday as part of the IBM Watson India Summit, Rometty said IBM Watson-led technologies will lead high value innovation. “With IBM Watson, we will help build the ecosystem around the globe, and India will play a major role in heralding the cognitive era and cognitive business opportunities,” she said.

IBM has two dedicated business units to advance Watson. IBM Watson helps the company in the development of cloud-based cognitive computing technologies that commercialise artificial intelligence, and IBM Watson Health, which is dedicated to for healthcare professionals.

The IBM Watson service, which started its operation in 2014, has brought in 16 industries and 33 services under the Watson ecosystem. The company also established seven centres to research on the Watson platform, and has over 500 Watson Ecosystem partners along with 77,000 developers  using it across the globe. IBM plans to attract more developers by opening its Application Programming Interface (APIs).

Interacting with Deccan Herald, Watson Strategy CMO and Vice President Stephen Gold said, Watson is fundamentally a different way of thinking about technology with the prowess of data. “In the beginning, we approached data with the fundamental principles of mathematics. But, now, with the emergence of humongous data and video, analysing them has become a different ball game. Here cognitive technologies helps us extract data and bring out insights. It will eliminate possibilities and help us reach a conclusion,” he said.

Commenting on the Watson capabilities, he said, it will help to understand, present and scale things in context. “It can reason and explore possibilities. It can learn and make it better, make it more proficient and efficient” .

Gold said the creativity and passion of Indian businesses to introduce cognitive-infused apps to the market is overwhelming, and the region is poised for incredible growth. “As the first Indian partners to join the Watson ecosystem, InspireOne Technologies and TEXTIENT are excellent examples of how cognitive technology will help transform the region and the world,” Gold said. InspireOne Technologies is using IBM Watson cognitive APIs in its professional development app to empower employees to develop their leadership skills, and TEXTIENT is a marketing insights platform tapping Watson to develop real-time brand perception reports.

IBM expanded its Watson presence in the Indian health sector by announcing Manipal Hospital in Bengaluru, last year, as its first client in India to deploy Watson.

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