IBM has taken a big move with its Watson supercomputer product line, making a free cloud-based beta version of its Watson Analytics software available to all.
Since mid-September, the software has been available under a closed beta program, which now has been expanded to anyone in any industry. Also available is the Watson Analytics Community user group to facilitate sharing news, best practices, technical support and training.
Watson Analytics includes a set of self-service tools to source, clean and refine data, conduct predictive analyzes, create various reports to present results, fine-tune the results with additional queries, and collaborate with others, according to IBM.
Watson has been designed to speak and understand the languages of business, science and law, enabling users to type a query in familiar language and receive results that are understandable.
For more than two years, Watson has been developed and refined through partnerships with early adopters in multiple industries, including medicine where a particular focus has been oncology, with new capabilities recently announced.
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