IBM announced its acquisition of The Weather Company’s assets, including Weather.com and The Weather Underground, all of which will be a part of the new Watson Internet of Things Unit. Although the weather is the key word for this alliance, the real driving force behind is data. As a part of the deal, The Weather Company will shift its huge weather data services platform to the IBM Cloud and integrate it with IBM analytics and cloud services. This acquisition will help to accelerate the growth of IBM Cloud – one of the largest cloud-based apps in the world.
For WSI, on the other hand, partnering with IBM will enable enterprise clients to integrate more easily the weather data into their operations and decision-making. Once integrated, it can be combined with data from supply chains, customer buying patterns and other sources to create more valuable insights.
“This deal combines the capabilities of the world’s largest and most advanced commercial weather company with the leader in big data and analytics. Together, we’ll help businesses and governments transform their decisions and operations around weather fluctuation at a scale that hasn’t been possible until now,” said David Kenny, chairman and CEO of The Weather Company. “This is a watershed moment for businesses that have long been impacted by weather but haven’t had the rich data or enhanced decision-making ability to drive positive business outcomes. The combination of our new high-resolution forecasting capabilities with IBM analytics opens up a world of possibilities for the enterprise.”
The partnership builds upon IBM’s investment of $3 billion over the next four years in IoT unit to develop a portfolio of cloud services, software and related intellectual property.
“There’s an opportunity to inform all business operations and decision-making with real-time actionable insight delivered securely via the cloud and extracted from all this data collected from sensors all over the planet,” said Bob Picciano, senior vice president, IBM Analytics. “The Weather Company and IBM partnership can be a catalyst to making critical business systems even smarter.”
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