Cognitive Computing - overview
Historically, information technology is viewed as a horizontal capability, a mere enabler of business comparable to finance. With the advent of intelligent machines, IT now moves much closer to the very core of businesses in all major industries. Business ``know-how'' is increasingly complemented or even partly replaced by big-data driven analytics.
This creates overwhelming demand for models that make superior predictions and provide more effective decision support. The gap is widening between opportunities provided by an unprecedented availability of data and a limited supply of models that can turn this data into insights, predictions, and prescriptions. It is this discrepancy that drives the evolution from the programmable era to the era self-orienting and self-adapting cognitive machines.