GiSC (Grower Information Services Cooperative), the agricultural industry's only grower-run data cooperative, and Main Street Data, an agricultural data analytics company, are joining forces with IBM to introduce a suite of data-driven solutions to help growers improve their yields, operations, and overall productivity.
Analytics & Cognitive
Although designed primarily with educational institutions in mind, IBM Watson Education provides useful elements that can help improve job training efforts for corporate employees.
By John Ghrist
Although it's another of the Watson solutions that is relatively obscured by not being tied directly to IBM Watson's online product pages, IBM Watson Education is part of the Watson family of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings that has potential for use beyond K-12 and college-level learning environments. In fact, it includes tools that could help organize and improve job training and experience tracking for all employees in enterprise environments.
To understand how IBM Watson Discovery's services can help any enterprise gain business insights, it's necessary to comprehend its capabilities in detail.
By John Ghrist
One of the core assets of IBM's entire Watson program is the ability to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to sort through masses of data to come up quickly with insights it could take a human mind much longer to perceive. Previously, data analysis required structured data, such as a database, to provide the input from which insights might be gleaned, but Watson can also handle unstructured data (e.g., from videos, emails, and text documents). This ability means at least one of Watson's core products, called Discovery, has the advantage of being able to use as input data from just about anywhere.
We looked at Watson Speech to Text; you talk and Watson converts the audio to a written document. Did you think there wouldn't be tit for tat? Now, we go the other way.
By David Shirey
In one sense, you might think this would be a mirror image of the Speech to Text article, but things like that happen rarely. Although the circumstances (text to speech versus speech to text) are opposite, there are some differences in what happens in this process. Let's look, shall we?
A literally hard-to-find Watson product is Workspace, which both offers team communications services and analyzes how members of a team work and interact to improve its own functions.
By John Ghrist
No matter how independent one's working life might feel, ultimately each of us is part of a team. Team members have to collaborate, and one of the "focus areas" on which IBM is concentrating Watson is collaboration aids. IBM Watson Work is the clearest representation of this emphasis, under which are a number of products that support collaborative efforts. The Watson Work focus area also includes Watson Analytics, with which users can analyze unstructured data to find trends and other useful information in business settings.
To effectively oversee your company's big data, your first steps are knowing what types of big data exist and then determining how to handle key areas, such as metadata, privacy, and data quality.
by Sunil Soares
This article is excerpted from Big Data Governance: An Emerging Imperative.
There are five different types of big data, and seven information governance disciplines. This chapter provides a framework so that organizations can tailor their governance programs by big data type, information governance discipline, industry, and function.
Let's see how data is stored, using Hadoop's File System (HDFS), and processed, using the MapReduce algorithm, in the Hadoop Cluster.
By Rafael Victoria-Pereira
Last time around, I took you on a tour through Hadoop's ecosystem, or in other words, I showed you the main components of its mechanism. Now let's see what makes it tick. Note, however, that this is no easy task, and I won't explain everything in detail. I'll try to keep the explanations simple, but Hadoop is everything but simple.
IBM Watson now offers software and cloud services that help financial institutions and other businesses keep on top of a complex web of changing financial regulations.
Written by John Ghrist
Although banks and credit unions may seem to have the lion's share of laws and regulations they must meet in order to be allowed to handle other people's money, every organization has some level of fiduciary responsibilities. Depending on what kind of business in which an enterprise is engaged, the number of rules that have to be followed varies, but the real challenge is keeping up with the ever-changing nature of laws and regulations affecting business practices. IBM is taking a step forward in this area by using Watson to help concerned businesses keep track of these obligations—and other internal activities—to improve their financial operations.