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
“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)
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
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
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
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 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)
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)