IBM is certainly making progress in Europe if recent releases are anything to go by – both in cloud and with its AI-enabled assistant Watson.
Many of the company’s new European clients are using Watson, according to a momentum release, including Spanish electricity grid operator Red Eléctrica de España, Italian elderly care provider Cooperativa Sole, Dutch telecommunications operator Tele2 and Israeli manufacturer of smart air conditioning Electra Group.
Bret Greenstein, global vice president of IBM Watson Internet of Things Offerings, said: “IBM announced a $3 billion investment globally to bring AI and the Internet of Things to market together in 2015. By bringing together the IoT with Watson AI, IBM is delivering on that investment and leading a global movement around IoT, not only helping clients make sense of exponential volumes of data from millions of connected devices, but also by helping clients to explore new business models, create service excellence, transform their industries and eliminate inefficiencies.”
Moreover, IBM is spreading its wings across the European market after securing several new cloud customers in healthcare, logistics, energy and other industries. This shows how many prospective clients are using IBM’s cloud for their AI, machine learning and blockchain capabilities. For instance, French bank Credit Mutuel is deploying IBM Watson virtual assistants across all of its business lines, whereas Koopman Logistics, based in the Netherlands, will aim to track and trace consignments across its supply chain through IBM’s blockchain. Italian media firm Gruppo 24 Ore, Spanish digital health provider Teckel Medical, UK-based RS Components, and lighting solutions firm Osram AG, based in Germany are also in the list.