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IBM’s Watson: The Future of Business Analytics?

Posted by Bob Warfield on January 13, 2011

IBM’s Watson software is the subject of this week’s SmoothSpan InfoBoom-sponsored posting.

In it, I discuss the ramifications of IBM’s remarkable Watson software for Business in the next 10 years.  It’s amazing to watch the videos of IBM’s Watson participating in Jeopardy rounds against the human champions.  Watson answers faster and more accurately, and it seemingly knows everything. The mileau of information that has to be cataloged in order to have a shot at winning Jeaporday is vast and includes history, literature, politics, arts and entertainment, and science, not to mention algorithms capable of natural language reasoning to be able to decipher the question and arrive at a specific answer.

Imagine having a resource like Watson tirelessly available for your organization’s needs.  Would it be the ultimate business intelligence tool?  Ask any question, Jeopardy-style, and the machine could cross index every bit of data available in any datamart your corporation has for an answer.  How much more effective would meetings be if you could ask such questions and quickly get answers?

Check out my post on InfoBoom for more…

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