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IBM frees Watson AI to work on any cloud

IBM says Watson AI services will now work on any cloud

Commenting in a similar tone at the time, Rometty said the acquisition was a "game-changer", and that IBM would become "the world's number one hybrid cloud provider" as a result offering companies "the only open cloud solution". "Taking Watson on other platforms is specifically we're taking Watson capabilities and embedding that inside of the business process management workflows", Thomas said. Businesses will be able to infuse AI into their apps, regardless of where they reside. "With most large organisations storing data across hybrid cloud environments, they need the freedom and choice to apply AI to their data wherever it is stored". Enabled by integration through IBM Cloud Private for Data (ICP for Data), Watson could help companies avoid the traditional inflexibility of scaling AI services, according to the announcement.

During IBM Think, Hyundai Card Commercial, financial services subsidiaries of Hyundai and Kia Motors, announced they are working with IBM to advance their use of cloud-based AI and blockchain technology with the aim of improving the customer experience and expanding their financial services business globally.

"Businesses have largely been limited to experimenting with AI in silos due to the limitations caused by cloud provider lock-in of their data", said general manager of IBM Data and AI, Rob Thomas.

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"Teams will use open and secure multicloud strategies, that draw on years of IBM experience in IT transformation and collaboration with an ecosystem of cloud partners, and IBM's industry-leading Cloud Innovate method, automated accelerators and IBM Cloud garage approach to support clients with application development, migration, modernization and management", the company wrote. As per a report by MIT Sloan, 81% of enterprises aren't sure about the data needed for AI or what are the right ways to access that data.

ICP for Data is IBM's open, cloud-native information architecture for AI that comes integrated with advanced data science, data engineering and application-building capabilities, and is created to help companies uncover previously unobtainable insights from their data.

Like many other AI-related vendor announcements over the past year, IBM's Power AI-Watson convergence is aimed at easing the AI related skills shortage, cited by 54 percent as a barrier to AI adoption in a recent Gartner CIO survey, along with a skills scarcity related to integrating AI into existing infrastructures, cited by 27 percent of those in the Gartner surveyed by Gartner.

"What makes it especially attractive is that it enables us to develop and deploy new models quickly that brings the tools to the data, rather than the other way around".

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