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IBM brings Watson to any cloud

Frederic Lardinois
IBM brings Watson to any cloud

IBM today announced that it is freeing its Watson-branded AI services -- like the Watson Assistant for building conversational interfaces and Watson OpenScale for managing the AI life cycle -- from its own cloud and allowing enterprises to take its platform and running it in their own data centers. In a way, you can think of this as Watson as a managed service. "Clients are really struggling with infusing AI into their applications because the data is distributed in multiple places," IBM Watson's CTO and chief architects Ruchir Puri told me when I asked him for IBM's reasoning behind this move.