1IBM Hosts Watson Coming-Out Party in NYC
by Darryl K. Taft
2IBM 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.
3IBM 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.
4Mike 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.
5The 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.
6IBM’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.
7Watson’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.
8Watson Discovery Advisor
The new Watson Discovery Advisor enables users to quickly uncover insights buried in big data.
9Watson 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.
10Watson 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.
11DBS 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.
12Watson 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.
13Giving 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.
14Watson 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.
15Fluid 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.
16Watson 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.