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November 23, 2016updated 28 Nov 2016 9:06am

IBM drives with new IoT solutions for widespread access

The new consulting solutions is to help clients on the route to digital transformation.

By Hannah Williams

Following IBM’s recent title as leader in Forrester Research’s report on IoT software platforms, the company brought forth an array of services, industry offerings and solutions capabilities to assist enterprise clients, start-ups and developers in the drive to digital transformation.

IBM aims to make IoT accessible to millions of people around the world. This is demonstrated with over 1,500 industry experts to its new Watson IoT Consulting Solutions, with the addition of free and open access to its Watson IoT platform.

Harriet Green, General Manager, IBM Watson IoT, Commerce and Education said: “The Internet of Things is making an enormous impact on our lives and helping to spur even deeper levels of innovation for those developing the connected devices and products of our future.”

Its Watson IoT Consulting Solutions practice is to feature 1,500 experts across IBM Watson IoT headquarters in Germany, as well as across Asia, Europe and America.

IBM WatsonWhen integrating the platform APIs and technologies, which may include cognitive, analytics, mobile, security and cloud capabilities, clients will have the opportunity of using the IoT without the risk and complexity of dealing with multiple vendors.

Jesus Mantas, General Manager, Business Consulting, IBM said: “Clients can now easily introduce IoT innovation into their business by leveraging IBM’s industry and technical expertise to deliver lower risk, a-a-service commercial models.

“We are helping clients accelerate the digitisation of their business processes by making it easy to deploy IoT solutions globally into their business.”

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The company’s IoT Consulting Solutions practice is to employ a global network of skilled consultants, data scientist and design and security experts with deep domain and industry expertise, all dedicated to providing clients with guidance on tackling industry specific IoT adoption challenges.

The first priority industries include automotive, electronics, industrial products, insurance, retail, telecommunications, transportation and buildings.

A of recent, the company announced its plan to add four new cloud-based data centres, with coginitive intelligence.

In addition to this, IBM has also announced new industry offerings available via its Watson IoT platform, including IBM Watson for Manufacturing and Asset Health Insight.

Manufacturing is expected to be one of the largest opportunities in IoT. McKinsey estimated that IoT applications in factory settings to have the potential to create value of $1.2 trillion to $3.7 trillion per year in 2025.

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