HPE vs IBM Watson: Machine learning is ‘more than an opportunity for expensive consulting’ says software GM

HPE has maintained an aggressive stance on the company’s proposed future in machine learning and AI at this week’s Discover 2016 conference in Las Vegas. Today, HP Software general manager Robert Youngjohn took another glove off, slyly describing IBM’s Watson as “expensive consulting with a smaller technology platform”.

Youngjohn’s comments came after he pledged to “take [IBM] on” directly “API to API” during yesterday’s Discover 2016 keynote, directly comparing Watson with HPE’s own Haven OnDemand solution.

HPE has maintained an aggressive stance on the company’s proposed future in machine learning and AI at this week’s Discover 2016 conference in Las Vegas. Today, HP Software general manager Robert Youngjohn took another glove off, slyly describing IBM’s Watson as “expensive consulting with a smaller technology platform”.

Youngjohn’s comments came after he pledged to “take [IBM] on” directly “API to API” during yesterday’s Discover 2016 keynote, directly comparing Watson with HPE’s own Haven OnDemand solution.

That’s compared to IBM’s general vision of a machine learning and AI “partnership” between people and computers, in which Watson can be made available as an all-in-one “off-the-shelf” package with a personified, market-perceived ‘gestalt’ intelligence.

HPE CEO Meg Whitman said yesterday that machine learning is “powering the future” of the enterprise.

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