Monday, October 26, 2015

IBM Teams with Twitter and The Weather Company for Cloud Insights

IBM introduced Insight Cloud Services, a service that leverages data from Twitter and The Weather Company, as well as open data sets and business-owned data, to help turn streaming data into insights and change critical business outcomes.

IBM said its new cloud-based insight services use analytic models to take the complexity of combining internal and external data.

IBM Insight Cloud Services are accessed in a variety of offerings, including:

  • IBM Insight APIs for Developers: Four new APIs that developers can access from IBM Bluemix, IBM's cloud platform, to incorporate historical and forecasted weather data from The Weather Company into web and mobile apps; and two APIs that allow developers to incorporate Twitter content –that is enriched with sentiment insights from IBM –from Decahose or PowerTrack streams into apps.
  • IBM Insight Data Packages for Weather: New bundled data sets from IBM and The Weather Company customized for key industries and available on the IBM Cloud. Built on a variety of weather data feeds that provide everything from real-time alerts for severe weather disasters to seasonal forecasts, the data packages can help insurers use weather data to alert policyholders ahead of hail storms that may cause property damage, help utilities forecast demand and identify likely service outages, help local governments to develop detailed emergency planning in advance of severe weather, and enable many industries such as retail to use data to help optimize their operations, reduce costs and uncover revenue opportunities ahead of changes in weather.
  • IBM Industry Analytics Solutions: A set of pre-built solutions that leverage IBM Insight Cloud Services cognitive techniques to help enable business users to tackle very specific industry challenges. This expands on a set of industry solutions IBM introduced in May 2015 that provide businesses with the ability to generate new types of insights based on customer behavior.