IBM has officially opened Australia’s first IBM Watson Client Experience Centre in Melbourne.
The Melbourne centre is one of six global centres outside of the Watson Group’s headquarters in New York City’s “Silicon Alley” and it provides access to cognitive technology, tools and talent to help organisations explore and build cognitive capabilities into their applications, products, systems and processes.
IBM Watson is a cognitive solution that can help any Australian business or organisation address its biggest and most complex challenges as Watson can understand, reason and most importantly learn from data in real-time, providing practical solutions and enabling organisations to make more informed decisions and better forecast the future.
This launch follows the recent announcement that IBM will be into Watson to advance cognitive technology and adoption. IBM has revealed that this will amount to a billion dollars.
IBM said, in a statement, that the centre will provide Australian businesses and organisations with the ability to experience and explore IBM’s cognitive Watson technology, and also access a global support network of 2000 technology and industry experts.
IBM A/NZ Managing Director, Kerry Purcell, said the centre in Melbourne will enable organisations to explore how Watson can help it transform to become truly cognitive. He added that it can also serve as a collaboration hub for enterprise and government, local start-ups, developers, partners, venture capital groups and academic experts to support a new era thinking in Australia, enabled by cognitive technology.
In Australia Watson is already being utilised by a number of organisations across banking, natural resources, university and government sectors, that includes Deakin University, ANZ Global Wealth, The Australian Customs and Border Protection portfolio, and Woodside.
“We are delighted that the Watson Client Experience Centre in Melbourne will enable us to combine our leading edge technology in a collaborative environment, so that business leaders and government can have face to face access to these technologies and experts.
“Watson is the enabler for this new era of cognitive business. It’s already transforming how Australian companies capitalise on data, helping them discover completely new insights and derive value for their customers. This Centre will enable more Australian organisations to fully explore what cognitive computing can do for them," he said.
The premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, recently inaugurated the centre.
“Our government is committed to supporting companies in Victoria become more innovative, do things in new ways and grow the state’s economy. IBM’s investment in Victoria will provide industries and organisations across the state with direct access to the most advanced technology and innovations,” he said.