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December 4, 2014

IBM’s Watson Analytics now available in public beta

Business users can now access the service from any desktop or mobile device.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

IBM’s natural language-based computing system, Watson Analytics, is now available in public beta.

The analytics tool is designed to automate and simplify data analysis tasks, such as predictive analysis, data preparation and data visualisation, for untrained business users.

"Watson Analytics provides business professionals with a unified experience and natural language dialogue so they can better understand data and more quickly reach business goals," IBM said in a statement.

"For example, a marketing, HR or sales rep can quickly source data, cleanse and refine it, discover insights, predict outcomes, visualise results, create reports and dashboards and explain results in familiar business terms."

Watson Analytics is currently offered as a cloud-based "freemium" service, which business users can access from any desktop or mobile device.

Since being announced on September 16, more than 22,000 people have already registered for the beta, according to IBM.

IBM also announced that the Watson Analytics Community, a user group that shares news, best practices, technical support and training, is also accessible starting today.

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