IBM Watson Expands Presence In India

by CXOtoday News Desk    Feb 02, 2016


IBM Watson Ecosystem has added two partners including InspireOne Technologies and TEXTIENT to begin developing cognitive computing solutions in India.

Haryana-based InspireOne Technologies is using IBM Watson cognitive APIs in its professional development app to empower employees to develop their leadership skills. Chennai-based TEXTIENT is a marketing insights platform tapping Watson to develop real-time brand perception reports with the intent to supplement traditional market research.

The announcement was made as part of the IBM Watson India Summit in Bangalore focused on how cognitive systems are transforming businesses and customer outcomes, and ways in which India is well poised to usher in this next wave of technology innovation. According to a Gartner announcement from November, India has the fastest growing IT market in the world — IT spending in India is forecast to reach $71 billion in 2016, and grow to $85.28 billion by the end of 2019.

“The creativity and passion of Indian businesses to introduce cognitive-infused apps to the market is overwhelming, and the region is poised for incredible growth,” said Stephen Gold, vice president for IBM Watson. “As the first Indian partners to join the Watson Ecosystem, InspireOne Technologies and TEXTIENT are excellent examples of how cognitive technology will help transform the region and the world.”

IBM is further working with dozens of startups and businesses across India to begin embedding Watson in their businesses across many industries. IBM also expanded within the Indian healthcare sector late in 2015 by announcing Manipal Hospital in Bangalore as the first client in India to deploy Watson. Furthering IBM’s strategy to accelerate the global growth of cognitive computing, in late 2015 Watson launched an Internet of Things Global Headquarters in Germany and also announced ecosystem partner programs in Japan, London, the Middle East and North Africa, and The Netherlands.

Watson is allowing a growing ecosystem of developers, students, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts to easily tap into the most advanced and diverse cognitive computing platform available today.  The Watson ecosystem now represents more than 500 ecosystem partners across 17 industries and disciplines, more than 100 of which have already introduced commercial cognitive enabled apps, products and services to the market.