Inside Watson Apps vs. Outside Watson Apps
Watson needs both internal and external adoption and validation. For the community, IBM keeps ramping up the number and depth of services available thorugh the IBM Watson Developer cloud. Internally, IBM is focusing on projects leveraging the Watson Explorer, Watson Discovery Advisor, and Watson Engagement Advisor starting-points, all of which are geared to high-value use cases in medicine, biosciences research, financial services, customer service and e-commerce scenarios.
We are starting to see apps replicated at new clients. For example, the cancer diagnostic app co-pioneered by Memorial Sloan Kettering is being deployed at a hospital in Thailand. But it would be really nice to see a lot of the 2014 pilots -- like Fluid XPS, Sell Smart, WayBlazer, and LifeLearn -- validated and rolled out by new customers. We've seen lots of pilots and first-time projects, but not nearly as many documented winners that have delivered an ROI.