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September 16, 2014 |

IBM Unveils Watson Technology Ideal for Small Businesses

New cloud-based service aims to simplify advanced and predictive analytics for all businesses.

IBM has introduced Watson Analytics, a natural language-based cognitive service that provides access to predictive and visual analytic tools for businesses of all sizes. According to analysts, only a small fraction of business people use powerful analytics tools as part of their decision making today (Source: IDC and Computerworld’s Annual Business Analytics Survey, June 2013). Watson Analytics is designed to make advanced and predictive analytics easy to acquire and use for anyone.

The first release of Watson Analytics will include a freemium version of its cloud-based service designed to run on desktop and mobile devices later this year. It offers a full range of self-service analytics, including data access, data refinement, and data warehousing services that is designed to make it easier for business users to acquire and prepare data – beyond simple spreadsheets — for analysis and visualization.

IBM Watson Analytics uses natural language to make interaction with predictive analytics easier with the ability to understand key questions, such as:

  • What are the key drivers of my product sales?
  • Which benefits drive employee retention the most?
  • Which deals are most likely to close?

With natural language processing, business users of the analytics service can ask the right questions and get results in terms familiar to their business that can be read and understood or can be interacted with. As users interact with the results, they can continuously fine-tune their questions and the data to surface the most relevant facts and uncover unforeseen patterns and relationships, which will enable predictive decision making for all level of user.

IBM Watson Analytics automates steps like data preparation, predictive analysis, and visual storytelling for business professionals across data intensive disciplines like marketing, sales, operations, finance, and human resources.

“Watson Analytics is designed to help all business people – from sales reps on the road to company CEOs – see patterns, pursue ideas, and improve all types of decisions,” says Bob Picciano, senior vice president, Information and Analytics Group, IBM. †”We have eliminated the barrier between the answers they seek, the analytics they want and the data in the form they need. The combination of Watson-fueled analytics to magnify human cognition, the vast potential of big data, and cloud-scale delivery to PCs, smart phones, and other devices is transformational.”

Watson Analytics delivers a unified analytics and data experience on the cloud. Like other IBM Cloud solutions, it will be hosted on SoftLayer and available through the IBM Cloud Marketplace. IBM also intends to make Watson Analytics services available through IBM Bluemix to enable developers and ISVs to leverage its capabilities in their applications.

Watson Analytics will be available to all IBM business clients with a freemium version beginning in November 2014.†For more information, visit:

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