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IBM

Over the past decade, IBM has been moving away from its old business of making and selling computer hardware and transforming itself into something a little more modern: a company that offers services like cloud computing and data analytics. With its purchase of the Weather Company's digital assets for a reported $2 billion in 2015, IBM took another big step in that direction, acquiring an enormous arsenal of local data about weather conditions. The information, which was already being used by companies in the airplane, insurance, and agricultural industries, could be put through IBM's Watson system to produce new understandings of weather patterns and more accurate forecasts. Using Watson for such real-world, consumer-centric applications could help IBM gain a reputation as a data company, not a computer company, and might be good for business, too: It says that $500 billion worth of annual commerce is dependent on weather.

data science

For taking on weather forecasting

healthcare

For opening a hub of health data that doctors and startups can build on

big data

For making Watson work for us all. I

big data

For playing global data evangelist by sharing its problem-solving power with cities, businesses, and universities.

healthcare

For using Watson to harness big health care data.

sports

For acing tennis data.

healthcare

For applying its supercomputer Watson to unravel complex diagnosis and treatment.

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