IBM Bridges Blockchain, AI With New Business Unit

IBM is reorganizing its internal blockchain team into a business unit that encompasses its artificial intelligence and cloud computing efforts. Industry Platforms will be led by Bridget van Kralingen, IBM’s former senior vice president of Global Business Services. As part of the launch, IBM’s entire blockchain leadership will make the transition to the unit, first announced last September. In addition to the work on blockchain tech, the business unit will lead IBM’s efforts to bridge its financial services work with its Watson artificial intelligence initiative. IBM CEO and chairman Ginni Rometty said of the move: “The Industry Platforms business will bring clients radically optimized processes and marketplaces that leverage Watson, IBM Cloud, IBM Systems, blockchain, deep domain expertise and ecosystems of partners and developers.” “This is an important move by IBM as we increasingly…


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