I’m an Adoption Leader on the IBM Watson and Cloud Platform team. Our mission is to assist clients, large & small, in adopting the IBM Watson and Cloud services. Our team has started a joint blog to keep our clients informed and up-to-date on what’s happening across the IBM Watson and Cloud Platform.

We have therefore introduced the Cloud Adoption Leaders feed on the IBM developerWorks site to syndicate our blogs together.

Each week, I and my fellow IBM Watson and Cloud Adoption Leaders will blog via the IBM developerWorks site, bringing you links to interesting articles, tutorials and the latest news to keep you up-to-date on the IBM Watson and Cloud Platform. The advantage of this is that you will get a varied and global perspective each week. All you need to do is just click this link to subscribe.

What’s New this week in IBM Watson and Cloud Platform:

IBM Watson:

Discovery: Confidence Scores are now available in Watson Discovery
Conversation: Conversation allows you to deploy to channels (think: Slack, Messenger)
NLU (Natural Language Understanding):

  • Customers have been interested in getting the exact location in their text where an entity is mentioned. Now you can do it by adding the "mentions":true to the request under the entities section. The API response will contain an array of begin and end offsets pointing to the location of the entity within the text. You can try it out by copying the following example into the Watson NLU API Explorer and clicking on the “Try it Out” button:

Example:
{
"text":"The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have released new treatment guidelines that sharply lower the threshold for high blood pressure, also called hypertension. As a result, tens of millions of Americans now qualify for the diagnosis.",
"features":{
"entities":{
"mentions":true
}
}
}

IBM Cloud:

IBM Cloud Compose: The IBM Cloud Compose API now offers a REST endpoint for managing each IBM Cloud Compose deployment.
Istio: Enable your microservices with advanced traffic management and request tracing capabilities using Istio . A good demo (with code) for the beginner who wants to learn more about Istio.

Hands on Tutorials

IBM Cloud Voice Agent with Watson & Twilio
Introduction to Chatbots with Watson Conversation
Integrating Watson Discovery into your Salesforce apps with the Watson Salesforce SDK

Educational Videos

How Istio manages microservice applications – A traffic flow analysis . A quick read and associated video, which explains how Istio does the routing to your Kubernetes based microservices.

Financial Industry:  Tech Talk on Fintech patterns and using finance-specific IBM Cloud API services

IBM Research: IBM Research – AI for Accessibility (includes a short 3-minute video of the Content Clarifier)

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