How Serious is IBM About Cloud and Big Data Analytics?

In the past two weeks, IBM made two huge announcements regarding enhanced commitments and investments on both the big data and cloud fronts.

The vendor announced that it is spinning off its Watson supercomputer team into a new organization, the Watson Group, dedicated to boosting artificial intelligence-based solutions.

IBM also said it is investing more than $1 billion in the Watson Group. In addition, IBM announced that it was making major investments in cloud data centers, to the tune of $1.2 billion, which includes opening 15 new cloud data centers.

Since 2007, IBM has committed over $7 billion in 15 acquisitions to support its  cloud initiatives.

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Posted March 19, 2014