IBM announced that it has joined forces with two Indian companies, InspireOne Technologies, and Textient, to be its first Indian IBM Watson partners. The two companies will be working with IBM to develop cognitive computing solutions in India.

"The creativity and passion of Indian businesses to introduce cognitive-infused apps to the market is overwhelming, and the region is poised for incredible growth," said Stephen Gold, vice president for IBM Watson. 

He also added that the Watson Ecosystem, InspireOne Technologies and Textient are the best examples of how cognitive technology could help transform the region and the world.

IBM Watson is aimed at developing artificial intelligence-based computer systems that work on specific solutions. Thus it makes sense to have partners in different regions where there are different problems to be solved. With more partnerships and solutions being made, Watson learns and becomes more intelligent over time, helping solve problems faster and doing a better job at solving those problems.

InspireOne will be working with IBM's Watson APIs to develop apps that empower employees of companies to develop their leadership skills. Textient will be using Watson for its marketing insights platform and developing brand-perception reports that work in real time.

According to IBM, both of the companies are already working on bringing their platforms to the rest of the world, so the partnerships could have an impact beyond India.

The announcement in India follows the December 2015 launch of an Internet of Things global headquarters in Germany and the start of ecosystem partner programs in Japan, London, the Middle East and North Africa and The Netherlands.

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