The company said it is making two services – Watson Assistant and Watson Openscale, which Ruchir Puri, CTO and chief architect for IBM Watson, described as “flagship products” – are both available across multiple platforms right away.
The company said it plans to make all other offerings available later this year, including Watson Knowledge Studio which “discovers meaningful insights from unstructured text without writing any code,” and Watson Natural Language Understanding, an automatic metadata extraction tool.
Services like Assistant and Openscale are available across technologies such as on-premises, or any private, public, hybrid, or multi-cloud environment.
IBM said the move will allow businesses to avoid vendor lock-in and makes it easier for them to deploy AI wherever their data resides.
“Businesses have largely been limited to experimenting with AI in siloes due to the limitations caused by cloud provider lock-in of their data,” Rob Thomas, general manager of IBM Data and AI, said in a press release.
“With most large organisations storing data across hybrid cloud environments, they need the freedom and choice to apply AI to their data wherever it is stored. By breaking open that siloed infrastructure we can help businesses accelerate their transformation through AI.”
IBM also said it plans to use IBM Cloud Private to deploy Watson on private clouds and would use Kubernetes to allow its Watson AI platform to work across cloud environments and rival cloud platforms.
IBM Watson Machine Learning
IBM Watson Machine Learning is also being extended with a new accelerator that brings high-performance GPU clustering and X83 systems.
It said the new accelerator drives up to 46x faster machine learning when compared to other rivals.
IBM also announced a forthcoming capability, called IBM Business Automation with Watson, which is said to give business leaders the ability to “apply AI directly to applications, helping to strengthen their workforce, from clerical to knowledge workers, to intelligently automate work from the mundane to the complex”.
The software will also measure the effectiveness of AI on businesses and will be made available sometime later this year.