Watson Internet of Things Platform – Welcome to the era of cognitive IoT



good morning it is wonderful to be here in Munich this morning on a beautiful day in this beautiful building I want to thank you all for joining us here today this is a very very exciting day for IBM it's a very exciting day for our clients and partners who are here with us and of course it's a very exciting day for Munich Germany we are delighted to be opening this new Watson IOT center here which will be the global headquarters for our Watson IOT unit I'm John Kelly senior vice president of IBM's portfolio of solutions as well as our global research division and I am very pleased to kick off the event today we have a great agenda of speakers from IBM as well as and more importantly our partners as we move forward in the Internet of Things let me begin by putting us all sort of in the right frame of mind about why Internet of Things is so important and why Watson and cognitive and artificial intelligence are all real game changers in our lives and in our businesses and I would like to begin with one one image which if you remember nothing else today please remember this image this is what is happening in the world of data today and this is what will happen going forward we are basically at the beginning of a huge wave of information that's coming at us and as this chart shows much of that information will be highly unstructured highly noisy and much of that information will be generated by sensors and actuators and other machines and our ability to analyze information that wave that's coming at us versus the traditional information that computers from IBM and others have dealt with is is just amazing it's a huge challenge we and IBM recognize this challenge we've invested heavily and decided that in addition to many of our other industries that we've invested in and that investing in the industrial sector investing in computer technology and artificial intelligence and technologies like Watson to address to address that green wedge and by the way some of this blue wedge is also part of the Internet of Things and the industrial sector is a huge huge opportunity for us and so we decided that we would again launch this new division of IBM now as you know we and IBM work across essentially all industries and every place we look we see data being generated at these incredible rates it's being generated from oil wells in the North Sea it's being generated by smart meters smart automobiles and alike but literally every one of these devices is generating petabytes petabytes of data sometimes per day sometimes per month sometimes per year but amazing amounts of data and the value now will come from how do we extract insights from all of that mass of information how do we extract insights in fields like health care how do we help oil and gas companies find and pull that oil out of the ground more effectively more efficiently and in a green matter but literally every industry is being transformed digitally and every industry is wrestling with that wave that I showed you before so we are at a point now where we need an entirely different kind of technology to deal with this massive amount of unstructured information and we an IBM believe and many around the world believe that we're now at a point where we need new kinds of systems to deal with this massive unstructured data in our case our technology is called Watson and it's our flagship in the area of cognitive computing or the cognitive era of computing now that really is in our mind sort of the third ear of computing where the first era was mechanical calculators the second error was programmable systems which are all of the world's systems today but we're moving to systems now that learn and interact with humans in a different way so this is no longer about man versus machine this is about man human and machine working together in a very synergistic way to make more timely better decisions and we're seeing opportunities literally across every industry to do this so what essentially are these systems well they're systems that learn they're not programmable systems they learn from the data that they're fed from the patterns that they see through machine learning and other technologies their systems that reason with a purpose give them a direction to figure something out and they will reason over that with human beings and then these systems will interact with humans in much different ways so that we can share decision-making in these very very complex environments that's what cognitive systems are and that's what we're trying to bring now to the Internet of Things into the industrial sector now our journey on this cognitive era of computing really began a couple of decades ago but our first rendition of this system was a system called Watson back in 2011 which was optimized around one of the largest sets of data in the world which is natural language and we built a cognitive artificial intelligence system to be able to understand natural language and answer questions in a completely open domain very complex questions and of course we demonstrated back in 2011 that we could actually build a system that was as good and in some cases better than human beings at pouring through massive amounts of literature and information and in a couple of seconds come up with a highly precise answer we then have moved on now to a number of different industries we've created technologies that can do image processing we've basically given Watson eyes if you will and we're now given Watson senses to reach out into the world and understand the world of machines and sensors which is what we're really all about today literally every industry now is applying this technology to transform themselves to move from simply being a manual to a digital and now a cognitive Enterprise along their journey every single industry and what we're here today to talk about is our next big opportunity for these cognitive artificial intelligence systems in the area of Internet of Things because these systems these machines are generating as I showed on that very first chart huge amounts of information and in fact machines will swamp the amount of information that we as human beings are creating and so we're teach literally teaching Watson how to read signals how to process signals and how to bring together other sources of unstructured data to extract better insights so a huge huge opportunity and it was this opportunity then that led us to the decision to form a brand new integrated division of IBM which we rarely rarely do and to put a big big Center in headquarters here in Munich Germany so where does this sit in the IBM sort of universe let me begin by saying that IBM is in over a hundred and seventy country so we could have put this Center any place in the world and most places in the world wanted this Center there but but we felt that there was a very unique combination of industrial sector participants a lot of our colleagues and friends you'll hear from today are right here in the neighborhood but also there's tremendous technical expertise tremendous universities tremendous infrastructure and a government which is very friendly towards business and IBM and investment and so we decided that of all of the 170 plus countries that we would put our next Center here our headquarters for Watson IOT here and it's the first time we are bringing Watson and putting a headquarters location for Watson outside the United States so this is in from IBM a huge step for us to make but we have complete confidence that with the help of our partners the government here with the university system we will be hugely successful this Center then will serve as our global Centre for ilt covering the US Europe and Asia and our solutions will be developed here pulling from our technologies around the world so very big move for IBM very very exciting clearly this map will fill out with other watson centers over the years in different industries but this will remain our hub for IOT and the industrial sector so let me wrap by just sort of talking about a few of the key points to remember today first of all all we've announced that we will invest two and three-quarter billion euros in and up things three billion u.s. dollars a huge investment a huge investment approximately a thousand people will be resident here in Munich in these towers it will be research it'll be developers it will be programmers it will be solutions providers marketers design a complete system right here in this set of buildings we're very very excited about it and we're very serious investing that kind of money into the internet of things we see it as one of the largest opportunities for IBM and for our partners going forward secondly very excitingly just a short time ago we announced that we were going to acquire the weather company and David Kenney the CEO and chairman of the weather company is here today with us and you'll hear from him this was an incredible incredible opportunity for us and the weather company there is not an industry that isn't affected by the weather and of course we as individuals are affected in every aspect of our life but it's a fundamental underlying set of data and technologies that we think as we bring Watson and our other capabilities to bear will be a huge asset for our clients and our partners including the underlying platform itself so a very very exciting acquisition by the way that acquisition is on top of the 2.75 billion euros so we're investing a lot of money we're very very serious about this but no no great Enterprise no great task or endeavor can be successful without a fantastic leader and so we sat back and said okay what are the attributes of the leader of this new division for IBM we said well we needed someone who has led large complex organizations we needed someone who had done transformations and was bold and had no fear we needed someone who had experience in the electronics in the industrial sector we needed someone who had operated on all continents and lived and been successful globally as a business leader and we put all of those things together and more and that Venn diagram came down to one person how and so we proceeded to pursue Harriet Greene who has graciously joined us and is leading this and many of our other new initiatives but we are thrilled to have Harriet joined a company and lead this great place and then lastly of course is our new center we needed a physical location to bring all of this together in a very special place where there was great technology great partners great industry great universities and pull it all together in one place so tremendous investments by IBM very unique technology and Watson and cognitive and artificial intelligence and learning machines tremendous partners and acquisitions to give us unique capability around the world tremendous leadership for this new division of IBM and now today we're opening this great location so once again we are thrilled to be here when we open these kinds of centers we stay for a very very long time so you will be seeing you'll be seeing us regularly you'll be seeing lots of us when IBM comes we come in big big ways you won't see dozens of us you'll see hundreds and thousands of us but we are really pleased to be here and be part of the Munich community and this ecosystem here in the industrial sector you

2 Comments

  1. King Distributions Inc. said:

    Cognitive Analytics is pervasive, this is where IBM's Dominance will take hold because most every Apps that is being developed today is relational to IBM's Foundational Compute. There is a lot to disagree about; but IBM's Roots holds to present day, Power Compute for the people of the world.

    June 27, 2019
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  2. Mbugua Njihia said:

    Surprised that the the EMEA region was not mentioned at all yet some of the more visible Watson IOT deployments at scale will come from here.

    June 27, 2019
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