Interview With : Mike Rhodin, Senior Vice-President, Watson Business Development
Updated on: 17 Jun 2016
IBM is staking a significant portion of its future on its flagship cognitive system Watson. IBM is betting that Watson will be the company's next big growth driver for the next few decades.
In an exclusive interview, Mike Rhodin, senior vice-president, Watson Business Development, tells ET about IBM's near-term plans with Watson, how Watson will be taken forward in India and how Watson is well on track to meet the company's goals and become a multi-billion dollar business in the near future. Edited excerpts:
A lot of IBM's hopes for the future seem to be riding on whether Watson succeeds. You seem to staking a lot on Watson...
We are staking a lot on (Watson). We're also a significant cloud company and we still have a very large core business. We still run the world's financial systems, we still run many of the processes for many of our customers and clearly here in India, we have a very large outsourcing businesses, application management businesses and development labs.
So, it's a very large corporation. Adifferent way of saying it would be, we're not so much staking a lot on the concept of a product like Watson, but we believe that we are entering the cognitive era. The cognitive era I believe is the third wave of the industrial revolution.
How do you plan to turn Watson into a big business?