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IBM Watson Analytics: The Time is Now

WAScreenshot1In mid-May, at the IBM Vision Conference, IBM announced a deal for a free year of licenses of IBM Watson Analytics for existing Cognos BI and TM1 customers. If you missed that offer, IBM has recently introduced another offer for free licenses:

  • Watson Analytics Professional Edition
  • Up to 60 users
  • 6 months of use
  • Offer available through 10/31/2015


If you are an existing Cognos customer, now is the time to start learning Watson Analytics.

Perficient has been working with Watson Analytics since it was first released in beta form near the end of 2014.  Since our team has worked with Cognos for 15 years, and more recently SPSS and Predictive Analytics, we feel that we’re well positioned to help customers capitalize on this new technology.

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Throughout the year, we have expanded our use of the Watson Analytics solution and have recently started engaging with customers to explore Watson Analytics at their organizations.  Most recently we are partnering with a Healthcare provider to create Watson Analytics dashboards to analyze Medicare claim data and enhance patient readmission models previously built on SPSS.


If you’re an existing Cognos BI or TM1 customer, the first question is: How do we engage? The answer – quickly.

It starts with a use case and data. Since Watson Analytics runs in the cloud, we can get started quickly with data.  Some questions to ask yourself:

  • What do you wish you could do with Cognos today and can’t?
  • How could you enrich existing dashboards and data sets with predictive KPIs?
  • Is there value in moving to a Cloud model for Analytics?

At this point, which is early for Watson Analytics, we are not advocating this as a wholesale replacement.  We are advocating an enhancement based on your current approach.  Getting data to Watson Analytics and exploring what it can do for you is time well spent.

As the Watson Analytics product matures over the next 9-12 months, Perficient will be on the forefront working with customers to absorb and extract value out of this technology.

If you’d like you get started and also learn what other companies are doing with the Watson brand of technologies, please reach out using the form below.

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