Is there really any point in talking about anything other than Watson today?
“Watson Is Going To Be Open For Public Use on the Cloud BAM!” tweeted James Governor, a.k.a. Monkchips of RedMonk, today. That about sums it up.
If you’ve read about the new announcement, you’ve probably heard that this is about cloud computing and making Watson widely available to developers with APIs. That’s a pretty significant testimony for cloud computing, when you consider something as simple and easy as API can now leverage the computing power of one of the most famed and powerful supercomputers ever.
This is a huge cloud power play, aimed at challenging Amazon Web Service’s current domination in cloud computing.
IBM sent their complete—and incredibly comprehensive—press package last night under a non-disclosure agreement. So I perused IBM’s package last night, and I waited to check out the news coverage today.
I was a surprised at how much the discussion focused on computing power.
That’s not to say the computing power isn’t a key part of Watson, but as CNBC points out, Amazon and Google are still innovating. Amazon is still very much a major cloud computing powerhouse, maybe still the main powerhouse.
No, two facets of this announcement strike me as even bigger news for everybody:
It adds that Watson’s Content Store features “third-party content that offers data-rich resources that can fuel Watson’s ever expanding knowledge.”
It’ll be interesting to see what the next few days reveal as analysts and consultants delve beyond the “power computing” story to really explore what this could mean for data and how we turn it into information.