5 Ways In Which IBM Watson Can Give Boost To Your IT Career
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Check out the reasons why developers must have IBM Watson in their portfolio:

Diksha Gupta

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IBM Watson has touched our lives in more ways than we could have imagined when it was in an experimental phase. The platform enables manufacturing, powers finance, facilitates cooking, makes Wimbledon more interesting, and what not! Sharing the statistics, Dr. Prashant Pradhan, Executive Director- IBM Watson & Cloud and Chief Developer Advocate IBM India/South Asia, says, "IBM Watson is about augmenting human intelligence - in every field / profession - be it healthcare , retail, FinTech , education , IoT , knowledge work, etc. In the next few years, every decision we take will involve cognitive capabilities in some form - and Watson will be touching the lives of 1 billion people across the world including 200 million people each in the fields of healthcare and education by next year. So it goes without saying that the opportunities with this amazing technology are broad and deep. Students and developers working on this platform are sure to be the most sought-after skills across industries."

Watson has two-dimensional growth added to it, for a developer. A solid Watson API developer can combine his/her knowledge of other technologies to build end-to-end Cognitive-powered solutions. For example, you could be broadly infusing Watson within digital programs, or FinTech, or an ecommerce app, etc.  Alternatively, a developer can choose to go "deep" within a domain / industry - say, to train Watson with the data specific to that industry, and build very targeted, high impact use cases. This would be the "specialist" route. Both are highly promising directions to encash one's experience with the platform, with tonnes of opportunities.

However, for someone looking for specific career growth directions with IBM Watson technology, here are the five key pointers that can help:

1. IBM technologies are for a cloud and cognitive world. These are foundational capabilities in the new digital world and any top notch developer is expected to be conversant with these technologies.

2. IBM Watson complies with open standards, and is built for the API economy. This is critical for the new world where innovations come from an ecosystem of capabilities, not from proprietary technology.

3. With IBM Watson, developers get their hands on the latest and greatest innovations that continue to pour in with release as APIs.

4. Real code, design patterns, and use cases are shared through 'developers' journey' that are highly valuable in industry context. This is openly shared to support the developer community and to foster open innovation. This is extremely important for budding developers - who need the design guidance as well as the benefit of a vibrant community - to thrive with these new technologies.

5. From a career perspective, the more hands-on you are on the tech, the more sought after you are. For example, there's a big difference in conceptually knowing about NLP, machine learning, knowledge graphs, blockchain, etc - vs. having developed great portfolio projects on a platform like Watson. Watson allows developers to dive deep and build a rock-solid portfolio - around real use cases/patterns that matter!

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get your hands dirty with IBM Watson and make it BIG. Start Now!

diksha.gupta@timesgroup.com