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IBM will release an application programming interface and software development kit to third-party developers seeking to build cloud computing apps based on the Watson technology. The company and its venture capital partners will work together to help software entrepreneurs bring Watson-powered apps and services to market, IBM said Thursday. “By sharing IBM Watson’s cognitive abilities with the world, we aim to fuel a new ecosystem that accelerates innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Michael Rhodin, senior vice president of IBM’s software solutions group. “Together with our partners we’ll spark a new class of applications that will learn from experience, improve with each interaction and outcome, and assist in solving the most complex questions facing the industry and society,” Rhodin added. IBM enlisted more than 500 subject matter experts to ... (more)

Booz Allen's Mark Gerencser: Big Data – A Dream or a Potential Nightmare?

Harnessing Big Data offers companies the potential to use analytics to upgrade product and service lines, adapt to consumer needs and better understand the impact of their business decisions, Mark Gerencser writes in an upcoming issue of University of Maryland, University College's Achiever magazine. But, Big Data's "big implications" for business growth are joined by pitfalls and obstacles that can work against a firm's best interests, rather than deliver improved value. To start, its a complex issue. "It is not only big volume, it's also big in variety and velocity-meaning d... (more)

Eye of the GovCon M&A Storm

Bob Kipps serves as managing director at investment bank KippsDeSanto & Co., a provider of services to middle-market firms in the government services, aerospace/defense, cyberintelligence and technology industries. In a new feature for Executive Mosaic, Kipps provides insight into what's driving the GovCon deals market and where participants are aligning for the future. To start 2013, he addresses impacts of the now-in-effect sequester and other budget pressures and notes five important things to consider for the future. After gushing throughout 2012, GovCon M&A deal announcements... (more)

Federal Big Data Spending Soaring

Federal agencies spent close to $4.9 billion on Big Data resources during fiscal year 2012 and that number could grow to $5.7 billion in 2014. Research firm Deltek estimates federal big data spending will grow to $7.2 billion by 2017 as agencies strive to handle ever-increasing volumes of data, E-Commerce Times reports. John Higgins writes that one initial challenge agencies face currently is coming up with a definition of "Big Data." Alex Rossino, a Deltek principal research analyst at Deltek, told attendees at a March 14 conference that traditional analytics tools and computing... (more)

ICE Drops Blackberry for iPhone

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement started to provide its employees up to 17,000 iPhones for work and personal use as the agency moves to replace its Blackberry devices. ICE selected the iPhone after evaluating other types of smartphones such as Android devices and analyzing Blackberry maker Resarch in Motion's business model and innovation rate, GovExec reports. Mobile security company Good Technology is helping ICE roll out the iPhones after previously helping the Department of Homeland Security protect its technology, data and applications from unauthorized people such a... (more)