IBM, Apple announce ‘new era’ for the smart enterprise

IBM, Apple announce ‘new era’ for the smart enterprise

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By Rich Pell

Announced at IBM’s Think 2018 conference, the agreement expands upon an existing partnership aimed at bringing IBM’s big data and analytics software to mobile iOS devices used by enterprise employees. Now the companies say they are integrating their respective artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies to make iOS enterprise applications smarter.

“There’s an increased demand on enterprise developers to build smarter apps that put critical information at the fingertips of employees,” says Mahmoud Nagshineh, general manager of the Apple partnership at IBM. “In order to deliver on this demand, developers need resources and tools to simplify and speed their work like never before.”

The agreement will result in two new offerings – IBM Watson Services for Core ML and IBM Cloud Developer Console for Apple – that combine Apple’s Core ML tools for developers with IBM Watson. The aim, say the companies, is to make it easier for companies to add AI into their mobile iOS applications.

IBM Watson Services for Core ML combines Apple’s on-device machine learning framework with IBM enterprise AI to provide real-time insights for users. Available now, it enables businesses to build AI-powered apps that securely connect to their enterprise data, are optimized to run offline and on cloud, and that continuously learn, adapt and improve through each user interaction.

The new IBM Cloud Developer Console for Apple provides tools – including pre-configured starter kits – to simplify Swift development, along with AI, data, and mobile services optimized for Swift. For example, IBM is introducing IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Starter Kit to enable iOS developers to safeguard credentials, services, and data using the IBM Cloud Hyper Protect services.

Through the console, developers can link to IBM Cloud to build apps that are easy to code, fast to deploy, and can be seamlessly integrated to enterprise data, says IBM. Developers can now use the new IBM Watson Services for Core ML to quickly build machine learning apps and connect them to IBM Cloud.

The Coca-Cola Company is named as one company that is currently trialing Watson Services for Core ML. Initial functionalities being analyzed are reported to be custom visual recognition problem identification, cognitive diagnosis, and augmented reality repair.


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