IBM Watson Foundations: Make data make sense

IBM Watson Foundations

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IBM Watson Foundations is a big data and analytics platform that taps into all relevant data, regardless of source or type, to provide fresh insights in real-time and the confidence to act on them. As a part of the IBM Big Data & Analytics portfolio, Watson Foundations supports all types of analytics, including discovery, reporting and analysis as well as predictive and cognitive capabilities.

It offers enterprise-class Apache Hadoop, workload-optimized systems, analytics on streaming data, text and content analytics and many more capabilities so organizations can infuse analytics into every decision, every business process and every system of engagement. With the governance, privacy and security you need, the platform is open, modular and integrated so you can start small and scale at your own pace.


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Decision Management

Automatically deliver high-volume, optimized decisions to systems and front-line workers using predictive modeling, business rules and optimization.


Content Analytics

Find, organize, analyze and deliver insight from textual information found in documents, in email, on the web and more using sophisticated, natural language processes and categorization.


Planning & Forecasting

Enable more dynamic and efficient planning cycles, including target setting, forecast rollout, reporting, analysis and reforecasting.


Discovery & Exploration

Provide a context-relevant view of the business using federated discovery and navigation, visualization and interaction over a broad range of internal and external data sources and types.


Business Intelligence & Predictive Analytics

Deliver insight into the hands of those who need it with dashboards, reports, analysis and modeling
 on desktops, the web and mobile devices. Perform data and text mining, statistical analysis and predictive modeling to surface patterns and trends from structured and unstructured data.

Business Intelligence

Predictive Analytics


Data Management & Warehouse

Gain industry-leading database performance across multiple workloads while lowering administration, storage, development and server costs, gain extreme speed with capabilities optimized for analytics workloads such as deep analytics, and benefit from workload-optimized systems that can be up and running in hours.

Data Management

Data Warehouse


Hadoop System

Bring the power of Apache Hadoop to the enterprise with application accelerators, analytics, visualization, development tools, performance and security features.


Stream Computing

Efficiently deliver real-time analytic processing on constantly changing data in motion and enable descriptive and predictive analytics to support real-time decisions. Capture and analyze all data, all the time, just in time. With stream computing, store less, analyze more and make better decisions faster.


Content Management

Enable comprehensive content lifecycle and document management with cost-effective control of existing and new types of content with scale, security and stability.


Information Integration & Governance

Build confidence in big data with the ability to integrate, understand, manage and govern data appropriately across its lifecycle.