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IBM launches cognitive computing consulting practice

Thor Olavsrud | Oct. 7, 2015
The new IBM Cognitive Business Solutions will draw on the expertise of more than 2,000 consulting pros who bring backgrounds in machine learning, advanced analytics, data science and development, and industry and change management.

The story was similar across all industries: executives surveyed by the IBV cited scarcity of skills and technical expertise — rather than security, privacy or maturity of the technology — as the primary barriers to cognitive adoption.

The Cognitive Business Solutions practice will work to ease that pain with "get started" offerings and readiness assessments that create low-cost entry points to the cognitive journey.

"Before long, we will look back and wonder how we made important decisions or discovered new opportunities without systematically learning from all available data," Stephen Pratt, global leader, IBM Cognitive Business Solutions, said in a statement today. "Over the next decade, this transformation will be very personal for professionals as we embrace learning algorithms to enhance our capacity. For clients, cognitive systems will provide organizations that adopt these powerful tools the ability to outperform their peers."

IBM also plans to train another 25,000 IBM consultants and practitioners on cognitive computing this fall.


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