Microsoft announced the Cortana Analytics Suite at the Microsoft World Wide Partner Conference in Orlando. Recently I wrote about the potential for intelligent assistants in the Enterprise. The Microsoft announcement seems to be a step in that direction.
Cortana Analytics Suite appears to consist of packaged machine-based learning solutions that companies can implement to gain new insights about their customers, product lines, and business. The underlying technology and focus on predictive analytics seems to compete squarely with IBM Watson’s cognitive computing solution.
See my guest post on the Opus Research blog to find out more about Microsoft’s push to combine predictive business analytics with the personality of an intelligent assistant.