IBM's Watson Goes Mobile With New Class of Intelligent App Development

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-03-26 Email Print this article Print

The saying "there's an app for that" applies to the 80 percent of mobile apps that are used once and then deleted. Today, business professionals and consumers are demanding increasingly intelligent apps that can instantly provide advice and uncover deep insights—any time, any place. The answer to this might lie in combining mobile with the power of cognitive computing. IBM is taking steps to help get there. At the Mobile World Congress exhibition in late February, IBM announced a new developer contest to spur innovation and accelerate mobile apps on its Watson cognitive computing platform. IBM also demoed its mobile and Watson capabilities at the show. IBM's Watson cognitive computing innovation represents a new class of services, software and apps that analyze, improve by learning, and discover answers and insights to complex questions from massive amounts of disparate data. "Mobile is leading the way for everything," said Jerry Cuomo, IBM's CTO for WebSphere, in an interview with eWEEK this week at the IBM Pulse 2014 conference. "Mobile is the way developers think about building apps today." Cuomo's team is helping support the challenge. This eWEEK slide show examines what IBM is doing with Watson and mobile.

  • IBM's Watson Goes Mobile With New Class of Intelligent App Development

    By Darryl K. Taft
    IBM's Watson Goes Mobile With New Class of Intelligent App Development
  • Big Data Feeds the Machine

    Big data growth is accelerating as more of the world's activity is expressed by mobile technologies. Not only is it increasing in volume, but also in speed, variety and uncertainty. Most data now comes in unstructured forms such as video, images, symbols and natural language—creating demand for a new computing model for businesses to insightfully capture, process and make sense of it to enhance and extend the expertise of humans.
    Big Data Feeds the Machine
  • Cognitive Computing Systems Needed

    As organizations work to make fact-based decisions based on data, they need advanced cognitive computing systems that are able to crunch massive amounts of structured and unstructured data and deliver insights within seconds. IBM developed the first cognitive system, Watson, to analyze massive amounts of data and provide key insights and responses.
    Cognitive Computing Systems Needed
  • New Class of Intelligent Mobile Apps

    By combining the power of cognitive computing systems like Watson with mobile technologies, we can introduce a new class of intelligent apps that can transform industries, professions and how decision-makers solve business and society's greatest challenges.
    New Class of Intelligent Mobile Apps
  • The Watson Ecosystem

    Today, IBM is working with entrepreneurs and developers to build an ecosystem of apps infused with Watson's cognitive computing intelligence. Several IBM partners have already begun developing mobile apps powered by Watson technology. Welltok is developing an app that will create Intelligent Health Itineraries for consumers. Consumers who use Welltok's app—CaféWell Concierge powered by IBM Watson—will participate in conversations about their health with Watson.
    The Watson Ecosystem
  • Watson Mobile Developer Challenge

    To spark more innovative ideas, IBM recently launched the Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, inviting developers and entrepreneurs to build sophisticated cognitive computing apps using the power of Watson APIs. The announcement signals a significant step forward in the new era of mobile cognitive computing—an era where the power of Watson is available through a mobile device in the palm of your hand.
    Watson Mobile Developer Challenge
  • Watson Design Consultation and Support

    Over the next three months, the global challenge invites mobile developers and entrepreneurs to share their best ideas for building and developing mobile apps into prototypes. Three winners will join the Watson Ecosystem Program. The winners will work with the recently launched global consulting practice, IBM Interactive Experience, and receive design consultation and support from IBM experts to develop a viable commercial app.
    Watson Design Consultation and Support
  • Changing Users' Interaction With Mobile

    Today, it is second nature for people to simply tap an app to stay connected, make a purchase or manage a bank account. The IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge will encourage developers around the world to build sophisticated cognitive apps that can change the way consumers and businesses interact with data on their mobile devices and, ultimately, transform organizations across industries.
    Changing Users' Interaction With Mobile
  • Apps Learn From Experience

    The power of cognitive computing, coupled with the ability to access information through mobile devices, offers companies the opportunity to have a wealth of data and insights at their fingertips instantly. Companies that use the power of cognitive of computing to create apps that learn from experience, improve with each interaction and outcome, and answer complex questions with data-driven insights will gain a competitive advantage and deliver solutions to unmet needs in the marketplace.
    Apps Learn From Experience
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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