IBM Hosts Watson Coming-Out Party in NYC

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-01-15 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

IBM held a big coming-out party for its Watson technology at the World Trade Center in New York last week to celebrate Big Blue's launch of a new business unit to oversee commercialization of the cognitive computing technology. IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty was there to open the festivities and explain why Watson and cognitive computing represent the third major computing paradigm in IBM history. IBM established the new IBM Watson Group solely for the development and commercialization of cloud-delivered cognitive innovations. The move signifies a strategic shift by IBM to accelerate into the marketplace a new class of software, services and applications that think, improve by learning, and discover answers and insights to complex questions from massive amounts of disparate data. The IBM Watson Group will be led by Michael Rhodin, who most recently served as senior vice president of IBM Software Solutions Group (SSG). A host of IBM partners and early Watson users took the stage to share their experiences, and a bevy of top IBM executives were present. This slide show gives a feel for the event.

 
 
 
  • IBM Hosts Watson Coming-Out Party in NYC

    by Darryl K. Taft
    1 - IBM Hosts Watson Coming-Out Party in NYC
  • IBM Introduces the Watson Group at 4 World Trade Center

    IBM rented the 54th floor of 4 World Trade Center, which overlooks the reconstruction of the 9/11 terrorist attack site, to host its Watson Group introduction.
    2 - IBM Introduces the Watson Group at 4 World Trade Center
  • IBM CEO Ginny Rometty Expects Watson to Be Special

    IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty delivers opening remarks, noting that IBM does not open new business units very often, so Watson is expected to be something special for the company.
    3 - IBM CEO Ginny Rometty Expects Watson to Be Special
  • Mike Rhodin Takes the Helm

    IBM Senior Vice President Mike Rhodin was named head of the company's new Watson Group, an IBM business unit that will develop products around the Watson technology.
    4 - Mike Rhodin Takes the Helm
  • The Watson Ecosystem

    Rhodin talks about the Watson ecosystem and what IBM is investing in it—namely $100 million to get developers, venture capitalists and partners to build apps based on the Watson technology.
    5 - The Watson Ecosystem
  • IBM's Watson Group at Work

    IBM employees at the company's offices in New York City are working on delivering new cloud services based on Watson technology.
    6 - IBM's Watson Group at Work
  • Watson's New Headquarters

    The IBM Watson Group will be headquartered at 51 Astor Place in New York City's "Silicon Alley" technology hub. The business unit will employ 2,000 professionals, with one-third of IBM Research dedicated to Watson cognitive technology.
    7 - Watson's New Headquarters
  • Watson Discovery Advisor

    The new Watson Discovery Advisor enables users to quickly uncover insights buried in big data.
    8 - Watson Discovery Advisor
  • Watson Engagement Advisor

    The Watson Engagement Advisor rapidly sifts through gobs of big data to enable organizations to transform the way they engage with customers in functions such as customer service, marketing and sales.
    9 - Watson Engagement Advisor
  • Watson Helps Fight Leukemia

    At the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Assistant Professor of Leukemia Dr. Courtney DiNardo uses Watson while consulting with patient Rich Ware. The system helps doctors develop and fine-tune cancer treatment plans.
    10 - Watson Helps Fight Leukemia
  • DBS Bank Turns to Watson

    In Singapore, Piyush Gupta, CEO of DBS Group Holdings & DBS Bank, and Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president of IBM Global Business Services, sign an agreement for DBS to deploy Watson. The bank will apply Watson to its wealth management business to improve the advice and experience delivered to affluent customers.
    11 - DBS Bank Turns to Watson
  • Watson and Travel

    Terry Jones, founder of Travelocity and founding chairman or Kayak.com, said travel search engines can't provide old-fashioned expert advice that users want, but adding Watson to the mix could result in more satisfied customers as it "makes you feel good" about the experience.
    12 - Watson and Travel
  • Giving Watson the Power to Perceive Patterns

    Dr. Guruduth Banavar, vice president of cognitive computing at IBM Research, talks about how IBM is working on giving Watson the power to perceive patterns using IBM Research's SyNAPSE technology.
    13 - Giving Watson the Power to Perceive Patterns
  • Watson Technology Demos

    At the Watson Group launch, IBM hosted a series of Watson technology demonstrations from both IBMers and partners. When IBM announced its Watson ecosystem last November, 750 companies expressed interest.
    14 - Watson Technology Demos
  • Fluid Retail Bases Expert Personal Shopper on Watson

    Brooke Aguilar, vice president of Global Business Development at IBM partner Fluid Retail, demonstrates Fluid's Expert Personal Shopper (XPS), which is based on Watson.
    15 - Fluid Retail Bases Expert Personal Shopper on Watson
  • Watson Foundations Lets Users Capitalize on Actionable Insights

    Watson Foundations is a comprehensive set of big data and analytics capabilities that enable users to find and capitalize on actionable insights. This demo shows how Watson can be used to help automobiles "see" around corners.
    16 - Watson Foundations Lets Users Capitalize on Actionable Insights
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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