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Cisco and IBM: Redefine everyday work with Watson

Today’s workforce struggles to get things done, hampered by silos of information, geographically dispersed teams and too many applications. IBM and Cisco are joining forces to redefine everyday work with IBM Watson™ and deliver a cloud-based, cognitive-enhanced suite of communication and collaboration tools.

Redefine everyday work with Watson

IBM is redefining everyday work with Watson to help organizations empower people with the ability to find, connect and work with the right experts; speed access to relevant content and insights; and provide the time and space to work simply and together.

By applying advanced analytics and cognitive capabilities across a spectrum of video, voice, unified communications, enterprise social networks, team collaboration and email offerings, planned joint solutions will learn from the complex richness of our conversations to help us be more productive and effective.

IBM and Cisco: Helping everyone achieve their best work

IBM is building this platform with a vast ecosystem of partners, so users can take advantage of their entire workplace and market environment, not just a few siloed applications. Our IBM Business Partners will be able to equip customers with the latest collaboration apps they want, from a variety of sources.

Alongside our clients and Business Partners, IBM is creating the workplace of the future, with an open, connected platform that will:

  • Deliver a cloud-based, Watson-enhanced suite of collaboration tools, including offerings from both IBM and Cisco
  • Allow IBM Business Partners to resell joint solutions
  • Take an open approach to collaborating and combine the best and most relevant technologies


IBM and Cisco will also partner on cloud-based application programming interfaces (APIs) to enable Business Partners and developers to create their own solutions.

For more information

Read the IBM and Cisco press release and visit ibm.com/workwithwatson to learn more about the partnership and upcoming plans to redefine everyday work with Watson. Additional assets are also available in the ICS BP Community.

*If you are unable to access the ICS BP Community, contact [email protected].

You can also let me know what you think by using the comments feature below.

Lou Sassano (@Loussano)
Global Business Unit Executive


Lou Sassano is Director, Global Business Partner Sales, Social Business. Mr. Sassano joined IBM as part of the PureEdge acquisition in 2005, and is responsible for global Business Partner sales within IBM’s Collaboration Solutions brand. He manages a worldwide team of sales and business development leaders that oversee revenue performance for all geographies, as well as specific product sets. Sassano earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in finance and marketing from Drexel University in Pennsylvania.

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