IBM’s Re­search team con­cluded that cog­ni­tion en­ables a new level of en­gage­ment with tech­nol­ogy and a new class of prod­ucts and ser­vices that sense, rea­son and learn about their users and the world around them

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Acog­ni­tive sys­tem cap­i­talises on data from in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal sources for con­tin­u­ous learn­ing and bet­ter fore­cast­ing for real-time an­a­lyt­ics in a frac­tion of the time it would take a hu­man. To take full ad­van­tage of these ca­pa­bil­i­ties re­quires a high de­gree of re­silience; data must be ac­cu­rate, avail­able, ac­ces­si­ble and au­ditable.

New cog­ni­tive ap­pli­ca­tions are in­creas­ing ex­pec­ta­tions and rais­ing re­siliency re­quire­ments for the over­all en­ter­prise as well as its IT and data en­vi­ron­ment. At the same time, cog­ni­tive ca­pa­bil­i­ties can help an or­ga­ni­za­tion main­tain an ever ready en­vi­ron­ment and meet busi­ness con­ti­nu­ity and dis­as­ter re­cov­ery goals in a pre­dic­tive and proac­tive way. Kelly III, se­nior vice pres­i­dent, IBM Re­search and So­lu­tion­sPort­fo­lio.

What al­ters in the cog­ni­tive era?

– The dif­fer­ence be­tween cog­ni­tive com­put­ing and con­ven­tional com­put­ing is its abil­ity to learn, rea­son and rapidly present a sce­nario or pre­dict an out­come with a mea­sur­able de­gree of cer­tainty. Ex­tract­ing that knowl­edge from any cog­ni­tive sys­tem de­pends on con­tin­u­ously feed­ing it as much ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble and then ask­ing the right ques­tions. In fact, know­ing all the an­swers will no longer dis­tin­guish some­one’s in­tel­li­gence. Hu­man in­tel­li­gence will be mea­sured by the abil­ity to ask bet­ter ques­tions.

IDC es­ti­mates the amount of data will con­tinue to dou­ble ev­ery two years, and the great ma­jor­ity of it will be un­struc­tured. The abil­ity to an­a­lyze this large­fluid data and com­pute mean­ing­ful in­sights is out­side the core mis­sion of most en­ter­prises. The bulk of these ca­pa­bil­i­ties will come through part­ner­ships—i.e., to source data and part­ner­ships to an­a­lyze it. Fur­ther, most or­ga­ni­za­tions will be man­ag­ing them­selves within an ecosys­tem that will re­volve around the data they al­ready pos­sess as well as spe­cial­ized an­a­lytic ca­pa­bil­i­ties from a range of ven­dors and the vast new data re­sources of the In­ter­net of Things.

The im­por­tance of con­tin­u­ous avail­abil­ity in the cog­ni­tive era

In busi­ness, ad­vanced an­a­lyt­ics have opened a world of in­sight into what cus­tomers want and need— some­times be­fore cus­tomers are even aware they want or need any­thing. Em­bed­ded sen­sors and con­nected de­vices are telling com­pa­nies how their prod­ucts are used and when they need ser­vice. IDC pre­dicts that by 2020, the suc­cess rate of new prod­uct in­tro­duc­tions will im­prove by 70% and plan­ning cy­cles for prod­uct devel­op­ment will be cut by 50%, as a re­sult of what we will learn from the sen­sor data in ex­ist­ing prod­ucts. Be­yond an­a­lyt­ics, the youngest con­sumers are al­ready in­ter­act­ing with the first gen­er­a­tion of cog­ni­tive-pow­ered, talk­ing toys.

By 2020, IDC pre­dicts there will be 30 bil­lion con­nected de­vices—all trans­mit­ting data and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with other de­vices—with many re­ly­ing on cloud-based op­er­at­ing tech­nol­ogy to func­tion prop­erly. All of these cut­ting- edge ca­pa­bil­i­ties re­quire on- de­mand tech­nol­ogy and the con­tin­u­ous flow of re­li­able, real-time data.


To suc­ceed in the cog­ni­tive era, ev­ery or­ga­ni­za­tion needs the right plan and the right tools to en­sure re­silience and data qual­ity. The time is now to make sure your cog­ni­tive busi­ness pro­cesses are truly re­silient. Cog­ni­tive so­lu­tions can take your re­siliency pro­gram into the next era.

With cog­ni­tive in­fused into your re­siliency pro­gram, you will be able to:

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