IBM has announced a new array of services, industry offerings and capabilities to help startups and developers drive digital information with the Internet of Things. This announcement comes on the heels of a related story in which Forrester Research named IBM a leader in its Wave™ report on IoT software platforms, “The Forrester Wave: IoT Software Platforms, Q3 2016.”
In that report, Forrester analyzed and scored 11 IoT software platform vendors, identifying IBM as a leader, noting that “IBM has added significant capabilities to the platform, including augmented reality, cognitive capabilities, blockchain, edge analytics, analytics tooling, and natural language processing, to name a few. With a strong commitment to open source standards in a robust global partner ecosystem, IBM is well-positioned for market leadership.”
To help clients across industries capture the substantial business opportunity of the digitization of the physical world, IBM has launched the industry’s first global IBM Watson IOT Consulting Solutions Practice, including an IBM Watson IoT headquarters in Munich, Germany, and several other IBM IoT centers across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
By integrating IBM Watson IoT platform APIs and technologies, including cognitive, analytics, mobile, security and cloud capabilities, together with development and implementation consulting with ongoing support, clients can use the IoT without the risk and complexity of dealing with multiple vendors.
IBM is already working with over 50,000 developers around the globe to help them get up and running on the IBM Watson IoT Platform, and also teamed up with Coursera to create and launch “A developer’s guide to the IoT,” a course that already has more than 22,000 registrants.