Watson cloud services

IBM has announced new Watson services delivered through the cloud. IBM’s Watson Discovery Advisor is designed to reduce the time taken for researchers to make conclusions of their work. The other service, Watson Analytics, is used to explore Big Data insights through visual representations.

Watson Discovery Advisor uses Watson’s cognitive intelligence to save researchers time, after reading through, determining context and synthesising vast amounts of data. It helps users pinpoint connections within the data to accelerate their work. Connections are made that are often overlooked within the enormous volume of information available from relevant data sources.

To develop the Watson Discovery advisor, IBM worked with key industry sectors such as publishing, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and higher education. For example, IBM has been working with Elsevier to explore how cognitive technologies can enhance the research experience for its clinician users.

‘We are constantly seeking ways to empower our clinician users with fast, relevant access to the evidence they need, be it to strengthen their research or make timely, evidence-based decisions,’ said Jay Katzen, president, Elsevier Clinical Solutions. ’We believe Watson is a powerful technology for that, for example, can help clinicians research more highly targeted information to improve the outcomes for their patients.’

The other newly announced service Watson Analytics, is a service that allows users to explore Big Data insights through visual representations, without the need for advanced analytics training. A key feature of this service is the natural language interface - Watson Analytics automatically prepares the data, surfaces the most important relationships and presents the results in an easy to interpret interactive visual format.

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