On Thursday, IBM announced a new milestone as more than 100 of its Watson partners have now introduced cognitive enabled apps, products and services into the market.
“These partners – start ups and innovators in established businesses – are leveraging the Watson Developer Cloud, a platform used by more than 77,000 developers globally to pilot, test and deploy new business ideas,” IBM said in a news release.
The app economy is in full swing, projected to grow to $143 billion in 2016 with applications catering to every conceivable interest and industry. At the same time, IDC predicts that by 2018, half of all consumers will interact with services based on cognitive computing on a regular basis.
“To help organizations tap into this market opportunity IBM today expanded its portfolio of Watson APIs and services to accelerate the development of Watson fueled businesses and help partners differentiate their businesses,” the company said.
To review some of the new ways partners are using those technologies to enrich their products and services, check out IBM’s formal announcement here.