For IBM, Watson in the Cloud Is a Brilliant Opportunity

Supercomputing power on demand? IBM (NYSE: IBM  ) is making it possible by connecting its Watson technology to the cloud, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

For those who don't know, Watson is a supremely effective index of knowledge and information accessible via natural-language query. The technology has proven itself on Jeopardy! no less, and will soon be available to any developer that wants access to the system for creating beefed-up apps. It's a smart move, Tim says.

Why? Watson is a massive (and massively complex) system that would be cost-prohibitive to sell, install, and manage as an on-premises supercomputer. By selling its analytical prowess as a service, Big Blue gets access to more pay-as-you-go customers.

There are also marketing benefits to consider. Putting Watson online exposes a larger audience to the system, which, in the process, should further IBM's reputation as a go-to innovator with the tools to harness big data. More than $16 billion is at stake, Tim says.

Do you agree? Would you use Watson in the cloud for big data projects? Watch the video to get Tim's full take, then leave a comment to let us know what you think.

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  • Report this Comment On November 30, 2013, at 12:50 AM, palmytomo wrote:

    I agree fully - Watson availability VERY significan and may accelerate all research - medical, market, police (and crooks). I remember personally paying about $3.50 in the 80s to use Dialog Information Services (before the internet era). Marvellous, well worth the money. Now I'm eager to see if I can personally access Watson, and will pay if I have to, to get answers to important questions. Bruce Thomson in New Zealand.

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