IBM Watson Analytics: Power to the People

How often have you found yourself needing to make a key business decision, but don’t have the insight to back it up?  You have the data, but it’s sitting in a spreadsheet in a format that doesn’t highlight key trends or statistical insight.  You simply don’t have the time, or the long-term business need, to work through a structured analytical process to load and analyze it through formal Enterprise systems.

What you need is a fast and easy way to investigate key trends, identify insight of statistical relevance, predict likely future events, and package it up with compelling visualizations that help you communicate insight to others in the team.  And you need to be able to do it on your own without the need of a statistical genius or farm of servers.

What you need is Watson – and he’s bringing the power of analytics to the people!

Yesterday IBM announced the launch of Watson Analytics – designed to make advanced and predictive analytics so quick and easy that everyone can derive- and benefit from- insight with no more than a Web Browser and a dataset.

Just between you and me (and a few thousand of my closest friends), I’ve been waiting for this like my puppy dog waits at the gate for us to come home each day – with excitement and a touch of crazy.  🙂

Watson Analytics doesn’t *just* have great visualizations that help expose the story of the data.  Watson Analytics also includes guided processes to step you through data preparation and predictive analysis, to ensure you get a complete picture of historical, current and future behaviours, and to prompt you to ask questions you may not have thought of.

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Watson Analytics coaches you to ask the right questions, investigate new areas, uncover important insights, and most importantly, visualize and package it up in a way that you can share and communicate the new findings to colleagues and decision makers to inspire action.

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For decades we have taught people how to talk to computers in a language the computer understands.  Finally, with the power of Watson, we can ask analytical questions in a language we understand!  You simply type in what you would like to see, and you’ll be prompted with results that explain why things happened and what’s likely to happen, all in familiar business terms.

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And the icing on the cake – it will be available initially as a freemium offering on the Cloud so you can get up and running quickly!

Make sure you are part of the revolution bringing analytical power to the people – sign up for the Beta program at

There’s only one question left to ask yourself:  What do you want to know?