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11 September 2014

IBM Bluemix and Watson - the future of business ?

Location: Meeting Room 10, 2nd Floor, JLB
Time: 14:15pm - 15:45pm
Speaker(s): Paul Fryer - IBM United

In the rapidly evolving, fast-moving word of the 'digital economy', businesses must adapt to survive and prosper. What are some of the key forces and changes that are happening and how can technology assist them ? At this seminar you will learn about two key IBM technologies that have the potential to change entire industries. IBM's Platform as a Service (PaaS) called Bluemix is an implementation of IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture, leveraging Cloud Foundry to enable developers to rapidly build, deploy, and manage their cloud applications, while tapping a growing ecosystem of available services and runtime frameworks. IBM will provide services and runtimes into the ecosystem based on their extensive software portfolio. Take the opportunity to learn more about Bluemix, see it in action and understand why it is important to developers, businesses and academia In addition you will also hear about the latest developments of IBM's natural language system 'Watson'. Watson is a cognitive technology that processes information more like a human than a computer—by understanding natural language, generating hypotheses based on evidence and learning as it goes. Watson is a question answering (QA) computing system that IBM built to apply advanced natural language processing, information retrieval, knowledge representation, automated reasoning, and machine learning technologies to the field of open domain question answering Watson first came to light as it competed on its own and beat two world champions in the American game show Jeopardy in 2011. Where has Watson been since and where is IBM planning to take this new DeepQA technology which can understand natural language? What are some of the initial applications of this exciting technology and how could it change entire industries? BIO: Paul Fryer, IBM Academic Initiative Leader for IBM Europe, will lead a discussion on the future of business and some of the key technologies that will have a major influence on how applications are built and potentially on how entire industries perform. Paul has 30 years experience in IBM, with the majority of that time spent working with clients looking at the impact of new technologies. Paul will be joined by Adam Deleeuw, an expert on application development on IBM Bluemix and Tony Barker, a specialist on Cloud technology and IBM's Watson cognitive technology.

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Contact: mailto:paul.piwek@open.ac.uk