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Woodside to deploy IBM Watson to improve oil & gas operations

Woodside will use Watson to improve employee training and oil & gas operations

Australian oil and gas firm Woodside will deploy IBM’s Watson-as-a-Service in order to improve operations and employee training, the companies announced this week.

IBM backs WayBlazer, Sellpoints to show its commitment to Watson

Rumour has it Salesforce is entertaining acquisition offers

IBM announced this week it has invested in two companies, WayBlazer and Sellpoints, which are using cognitive computing to enhance their travel planning and shopping applications. The move seems intended to show IBM’s commitment to Watson-as-a-service, the company’s cloud-based cognitive computing service which launched last year.

IBM goes after healthcare with acquisitions, Apple HealthKit partnership, new business unit

IBM is pushing hard to bring Watson to the healthcare sector

IBM announced a slew of moves aimed at strengthening its presence in the healthcare sector including two strategic acquisitions, a HealthKit-focused partnership with Apple, and the creation of a new Watson and cloud-centric healthcare business unit.

IBM, NASA team on cloud, open data app code-a-thon

NASA is teaming up with IBM to host a code-a-thon for developers interested in supporting space exploration through apps

IBM and NASA are partnering on the space agency’s Space App Challenge, which will see participating developers build applications that help solve space exploration challenges.

IBM to ‘walk the walk’, adds OpenPower servers to SoftLayer

IBM is adding OpenPower-spec servers to SoftLayer datacentres

IBM said it plans to offer OpenPower-based bare metal cloud services in its SoftLayer datacentres globally in the second quarter of this year.

IBM buys AlchemyAPI to bolster Watson capabilities, developer ecosystem

IBM is acquiring AlchemyAPI to strengthen its Watson as a service business

IBM has acquired natural language processing specialist AlchemyAPI which the company said it would integrate with its cloud-based cognitive computing as a service platform Watson. The move will bolster the Watson developer ecosystem while expanding its capabilities.

IBM, SoftBank to bring Watson to Japan

Watson: 'I think I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so.'

IBM announced a deal with SoftBank this week that will see it partner with the Japanese telco to bring the Watson as a service to Japan in a move that will see the firms collaborate on developing new apps and services for the platform.

Genesys taps IBM Watson cloud for customer engagement


Genesys, a contact centre infrastructure specialist and IBM announced a partnership this week that will see the two firms partner to develop a learning system geared towards improving customer experience with IBM’s Watson cognitive computing as a service at its foundation.

IBM to invest $100m in Africa, bring Watson cloud to continent

Dr. Osamuyimen Stewart, chief scientist t IBM Research Africa and Dr. Kamal Bhattacharya, director of IBM Research Africa at the Lab in Nairobi, Kenya. Source: IBM

In line with previous commitments placing Africa at the heart of IBM’s long-term growth strategy the company announced Thursday that it is bringing its Watson cognitive computing platform to the continent, investing $100m in the initiative. The announcement follows a recently announced $1bn investment in the cloud-based cognitive computing platform, and a massive hardware divestment.

IBM sells off low-end X86 business to focus on cloud, big data and Watson

IBM has sold its low-end x86 business to Lenovo for $2.3bn

IBM has entered into an agreement with Lenovo that will see that latter acquire IBM’s low-end x86 server business following hardware sales declines for the enterprise IT incumbent spanning nearly two years. The acquisition, valued at roughly $2.3bn, will likely help refocus the company on its new initiatives including cloud, big data, and cognitive computing as a service.