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Watson Turns IBM Into A Serious Contender In The Industrial IoT Market

When it comes to public cloud-based IoT platforms, Amazon and Microsoft have fierce competition from an unexpected corner – IBM. While the company hasn’t seen much traction with SoftLayer (IaaS), and Bluemix (PaaS), it’s upping the ante on IoT and Cognitive Computing. IBM Watson is slowly but steadily gaining customer adoption. From Visa to BMW to Bosch to Kone, Watson now boasts of some impressive partnerships.

IBM recently hosted a two-day briefing at its newly minted IoT facility in Munich. Dubbed as the Genius of Things, this event helped the company showcase some of the wins it had in the recent past.

Visa, the leading credit card company, has announced that it is embedding IBM Watson technology in its devices to make digital payments ubiquitous. Visa Token Service, the digital identifier for consumers, offers the next generation of payment service delivers faster and secure payment mechanism. Visa claims that this is going to be better than Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay. IBM Watson will enable Visa to bring this technology to 20 billion wearable and connected devices.

With cashless transactions picking up momentum in emerging markets such as India, this partnership will help both Visa and IBM in driving increased customer adoption. IBM has plans to integrate the Visa-powered digital payments with automobiles, cars, fitness gear, and other connected devices.

From the manufacturing vertical, IBM and Bosch have announced a partnership, through which Bosch will make its IoT Suite available on IBM Bluemix.

Back in Munich, BMW is working closely with IBM Watson research team in bringing Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to consumer cars. Currently, the team is prototyping its early implementations on BMW i8 hybrid sports cars at the Watson IoT HQ.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.