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10 innovative ways companies are using IBM Watson

Margi Murphy | June 24, 2016
Which companies are using Watson's big data and analytics to power their business?

Watson is the supercomputer that famously beat human contestants in the US TV show Jeopardy five years ago. Initially a research project, the cognitive computer is being used across industries the world over to boost revenue, efficiency and even save lives.

IBM Watson provides cloud based predictive analytics for business insight, and with Watson's cognitive computing services embedded in Watson analytics, users can ask natural language questions and visualise their data patterns. 

Here are the top 10 ways businesses are using IBM Watson.

1. IBM Watson: Nonprofit educational organisation Sesame Workshop

IBM Watson: Nonprofit educational organisation Sesame Workshop
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Today, IBM Watson and Sesame Workshop have announced a partnership to improve early childhood education around the globe. As part of a three-year agreement, this collaboration will see IBM and Sesame Workshop create new educational products and systems that can adapt to the learning styles or children and change according to each individual child's aptitude level. 

IBM's general manager for Watson IoT, Harriet Green said: "The potential for Watson to absorb, correlate, and learn from huge amounts of unstructured data and then deliver very personalized educational experiences is unprecedented. Working together with Sesame Workshop, we aim to transform the way in which children learn and teachers teach, and envision having an impact on the lives and education of millions of children."

2. IBM Watson: Imperial College London predicts crime with Watson

IBM Watson: Imperial College London predicts crime with Watson

Back in 2014 University students at Imperial College London were able to use supercomputer Watson to analyse and predict crime.

Computing students in Imperial College London can work with IBM and team Watson to develop a cognitive computer application to solve challenging problems within the university's crime department.

3. IBM Watson: Mears Group

IBM Watson: Mears Group
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UK housing and social care provider, Mears Group has over 700,000 social homes to maintain across the UK and 20,000 employees. The Mears Group also has over 600 million health and safety/accident reports on their database.

Last year Mears Group integrated with IBM Watson to gain faster reporting turnaround and new insights and revenue opportunity suggestions.

4. IBM Watson: University of Southampton

IBM Watson: University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is one of the first European university to collaborate with IBM Watson to offer research modules for students from all disciplines like medicine, chemistry, marine studies and the arts, rather than the typical computing subjects.

Southampton students get to use Watson in a new Cognitive Computing module as part of its Curriculum Innovation programme which will initially be available to over 150 undergraduate and Master's students across all disciplines. 


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