IBM’s New Unit Bets on Boom in Artificial Intelligence

ENLARGE Introduced in 2011, Watson excels at analyzing vast quantities of information to uncover relationships that humans might miss. Photo: Bloomberg By Robert McMillan Robert McMillan The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @bobmcmillan therealrobertmcmillan robert.mcmillan@wsj.com Oct. 6, 2015 12:01 a.m. ET 0 COMMENTS International Business Machines Corp. has formed a new business unit to capitalize on the recent groundswell in artificial intelligence. The new Cognitive Business Solutions group will be run by Stephen Pratt, previously an executive in the consulting practice at Indian outsourcer Infosys. The new division’s 2,000 employees will advise companies in how to take advantage of IBM IBM 3.08 % ’s Watson artificial-intelligence software. IBM Chief Executive Virginia Rometty is expected to announce the group on Tuesday at the Gartner Symposium, a gathering of information technology executives,…


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