back to article IBM finally finds a private equiteer willing to purchase Watson Health

IBM has offloaded healthcare data and analytics assets from its Watson Health business, with private equity firm Francisco Partners hand over around $1bn for the privilege. The takeover “is a clear next step as IBM becomes even more focused on our platform-based hybrid cloud and AI strategy,” Tom Rosamilia, senior vice …

  1. redpawn Silver badge

    Anything

    “Anything that can help reduce labor count or the need for labor is obviously a plus at this particular time,” said Steve Chmura

    Thank God for prison labor with child labor coming in a poor second.

    1. Cubical Drone

      Re: Anything

      Reminds me of the old joke where a union representative was walking through a car plant with the plant manager who was showing off the new robotics.

      The plant manager says to the union rep, "bet you are trying to figure out how to get these robots to join the union and pay dues?" To which the union rep replied, "no, I am trying to figure out how you are going to get them to buy cars."

  2. Skiron Bronze badge
    Headmaster

    Lets see...

    ...if they can make a robot spell "labour" correctly.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Lets see...

      The robots can spell "labor" fine. We just need to train the Brits to do the same.

    2. EricB123 Bronze badge

      Re: Lets see...

      I submit a Brit is complaining here!

      Why oh why do you Brits like the letter "u" so much?

  3. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    “IBM remains committed to Watson"

    Right, that's it. When IBM remains committed to something, you can be sure they're shutting it down in the near future.

    We need an End-of-the-Line icon.

    1. Little Mouse Silver badge
      Trollface

      Re: “IBM remains committed to Watson"

      Agreed. How about an icon depicting Aslan on the altar, or the Lyle's Golden Syrup logo?

    2. EnviableOne Silver badge

      Re: “IBM remains committed to Watson"

      IMHO Watson is still a solution looking for a problem.

      They built a chess computer at exorbitant cost, and are still failing to make it pay...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How IBM goes the way, drop their bset in hardware, transifer to a weak cloud business.

    they can make the first 3nm/2nm chips, but their value even low than qualcomm.

  5. Il'Geller

    IBM used incorrect technology without understanding what Natural Language needs: IBM annotates manually, instead of dictionary definitions. Here you have the result: IBM sells the most potentially lucrative branch.

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