IBM recently announced that their integrated portfolio of Cognitive solutions on Cloud would be made available to the large and small enterprises, developers and entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka. The announcement was made as a part of the IBM Business Connect event in Colombo, focused on how cognitive systems are transforming businesses and customer outcomes, and ways in which Sri Lanka is well poised to usher in this next wave of technology innovation.
Just to put things into perspective, the world produces over 25 quintillion bytes of data each day of which 80% is unstructured, thus essentially rendering it invisible to computers. Cognitive computing represents a new class of systems that understands unstructured data.
Enter IBM Watson, the first commercially available cognitive computing solution. Able to sift through vast volumes of disparate data at remarkable speeds, IBM Watson can also learn and provide comprehensive insights and value over time to professionals working across every industry.
IBM will now deliver Watson APIs and services on the IBM Cloud Platform, allowing a growing ecosystem of developers, students, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts in Sri Lanka to easily tap into the most advanced and diverse cognitive computing platform available today. These APIs allow and enable applications to develop insights from social media, enterprise data, or other digital communications. The service uses linguistic analytics to infer personality and social characteristics. The IBM Watson Developer Cloud offers a variety of services for building cognitive apps which encompasses development, training, testing, and configuration environment to enterprises to create Watson-enabled applications for their own use.
Remember the Sri Lanka vs Australia ODI match that happened just a few days ago? Well, it turns out that IBM Watson, by using said APIs such as visual recognition, dialog, personality insights, retrieve & rank, speech-to-text and text-to-speech, was able to come up with some rather interesting insights with regard to the match such as top player, top moments from the game etc.
Chrishan M Fernando, Country, General Manager, IBM Sri Lanka stated how Sri Lanka is an integral part of IBM’s growth strategy.
He also explained how IBM is committed to the success of its clients and continue to support transformation of Sri Lanka’s high growth sectors such as BFSI, telecom and many more. IBM’s integrated portfolio of Cognitive solutions like Watson on Cloud platform that support cognitive workloads, will further help customers to make better operational decisions, understand customer needs better, communicate in real time, and optimize business processes – thus helping them stay ahead of the completion.
In addition, the company also launched the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Startups that will help them to harness the power of IBM Cloud, as well as deeply connect and embed them into IBM’s vast global network of enterprise clients, consultants, partners, Innovation Centers and more to rapidly build innovations, scale quickly and accelerate growth.
Through the global program, qualifying startups will receive up to $120,000 worth of credits to put towards IBM Cloud usage, giving them the instant infrastructure needed to quickly launch their businesses and focus resources on coding, building, scaling and bringing innovations to market. Entrepreneurs will be given access to the IBM Cloud portfolio built on cloud infrastructure from SoftLayer, an IBM company. This portfolio includes Bluemix, IBM’s cloud platform for app development with more than 75 runtimes and services including Watson on Bluemix, all of which will help startups to capture and leverage rising volumes of data from growing mobile and social networks, IoT devices and more.