IBM Watson Explorer V11.0.1 expands cognitive search capabilities

IBM United States Software Announcement 216-232
June 21, 2016


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IBM Watson™ Explorer V11.0.1 expands the key cognitive search capabilities and enables users to:

  • Search naturally using everyday language with Natural Language Query module.
  • Improve search results without manual oversight using unsupervised machine learning algorithms.
  • Annotate and enrich data with domain models that can be rapidly developed on the cloud using IBM Watson Knowledge Studio.
  • Receive proactive notifications for saved search queries whenever the underlying dataset changes.
  • Measure search performance and usage of unified information applications with ready-to-use reports.
  • Connect to new data repositories.  


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Watson™ Explorer combines search and content analytics with unique cognitive computing capabilities to help users find and understand the contextual information they need to work more efficiently and make better, more confident decisions at the point of impact. Watson Explorer enables organizations to:

  • Explore: Securely connect to, search, and explore all of your organization's data, regardless of format or where it is stored or managed.
  • Analyze: Gain insights from unstructured dark data with advanced content analytics using hypothesis-free discovery.
  • Interpret: Scale knowledge across the enterprise with leading edge cognitive capabilities.

Watson Explorer is offered in two editions:

  • Enterprise Edition: Provides enterprise-wide information access and unified information applications capabilities across internal and external data sources and services, as well as the ability to integrate Watson Developer Cloud cognitive services for enhancing, scaling, and augmenting human expertise.
  • Advanced Edition: Provides all of the same functionality as Watson Explorer Enterprise Edition for information access and unified information applications, as well as the ability to integrate IBM Watson Developer Cloud cognitive services for enhancing, scaling, and augmenting human expertise. In addition, Advanced Edition includes advanced content analytics capabilities to enable organizations to adapt their information access solution to specific domains and to extract insights from unstructured information to help to identify trends, patterns, and relationships in their data.

Functionality added in Watson Explorer V11.0.1 is available for users of both editions.



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Planned availability date
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  • June 23, 2016: Electronic delivery
  • July 20, 2016: Physical delivery


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Description
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Watson Explorer V11.0.1 includes the following key capabilities:

  • Natural search: The Natural Language Query module allows users to phrase queries in everyday natural language and automatically employs stopword removal based on dictionary and parts of speech while simplifying long queries.
  • Machine learning driven results: Unsupervised machine learning algorithms can be employed by the ontolection trainer to improve the quality of search results.
  • Proactive notifications: Administrators are able to follow changes in results for saved search queries without having to monitor results by subscribing to proactive notifications.
  • Search metrics: Administrators can use standard reports for understanding search and usage metrics in order to improve search applications.
  • IBM Watson Knowledge Studio domain models: Users can utilize machine learning models developed by using Watson Knowledge Studio to annotate and enrich content.
  • Connectivity : New connectors are available for source repositories, such as IBM® Web Content Manager and IBM WebSphere® Portal Server (available on Fix Central June 30, 2016).
  • Introducing support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux™ (RHEL) 7.0, or later fix packs for foundational components, running on x86-64 systems. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) is no longer supported on x86-64 systems and IBM z™ systems. Microsoft™ Windows™ Server 2008 R2 is no longer supported on the x86-64 platform.

In addition, the release incorporates updates from previously issued fix packs. Highlights:

  • Contains robust toolbox of flexible widgets that simplify creation of highly customized and streamlined user experiences.
  • Includes query modification control for administrators to improve search quality results.
  • Can reuse and share complex queries between users.
  • Delivers extended support that includes Cloudera Distribution of Apache Hadoop for content mining.
  • Includes connectors for standards-based connectors (such as IBM Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) as well as updated versions of source repositories (such as IBM FileNet® Content Manager).

For more details, check Release Notes - IBM Watson Explorer Foundational and Analytical Components, Version 11.0 website for foundational and analytical components.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be found on the IBM® Accessibility website.



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For additional information about Watson Explorer V11.0, refer to 215-097, dated July 28, 2015.

For additional information about Watson Knowledge Studio V1, refer to 216-241, dated June 21, 2016.



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Translation information, if available, can be found at the Translation Reports website.



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Program number
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Program number VRM Program name
5725-I17 11.0.1 IBM Watson Explorer


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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage® and Passport Advantage Express® website.



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Publications
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No publications are shipped with this program.

Organizations can access online documentation in IBM Knowledge Center.



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Software Services

Watson Implementations has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team, and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. The services team has a wide suite of offerings to cater to your business needs. Leverage the cognitive capabilities of Natural Language Query to enhance your Watson Explorer V11.0.1.0 based solution. Watson Implementations capability is enriched through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.



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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Watson Explorer foundational components (Enterprise Edition and Advanced Edition):

  • A 64-bit (AMD64 or Intel™ 64) x86 system with a 2 GHz, or higher processor. Two or more processor cores are required to run the Annotator Administration Console.

Watson Explorer analytical components (Advanced Edition only):

  • A 64-bit (AMD64 or Intel 64) x86 system with four or more cores of 2 GHz, or higher processor
  • IBM POWER7® or IBM POWER8® servers with four or more cores of 2 GHz, or higher processor
  • IBM z Systems™ with four or more cores of 2 GHz, or higher processor

Watson Explorer analytical components (Advanced Edition only) with Watson Knowledge Studio annotators:

  • A 64-bit (AMD64 or Intel 64) x86 system with four or more cores of 2 GHz, or higher processor

Watson Explorer Content Analytics Studio (Analytics Edition only):

  • A 64-bit (AMD64 or Intel 64) x86 system with two or more cores of 2 GHz, or higher processor

Server hardware recommendations for Watson Explorer application development and deployment

This section discusses the minimum hardware and operating system requirements for a server system on which you want to develop or deploy Watson Explorer applications. Note that simply satisfying these minimum requirements will not provide the best development or deployment experience.

The suggested minimum hardware and operating system configurations for Watson Explorer development and deployment follow.

Development system:

  • Single Dual-Core 2 GHz CPU
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 250 GB disk space
  • 64-bit Linux™ or Microsoft™ Windows™ operating system

Deployable Watson Explorer server:

  • Dual Quad-Core 2 GHz CPU
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 500 GB disk space, RAID 5
  • 64-bit Linux or Microsoft Windows operating system

Note: Disk space size is for installation of the program. To build indexes, additional space for indexed data is required. RAM and disk space varies by workload.

Software requirements

Operating system requirements

Watson Explorer foundational components (Enterprise Edition and Advanced Edition):

  • For x86-64 systems:
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.0, 7.0, or later fix packs
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

Watson Explorer analytical components (Advanced Edition only):

  • For x86-64 systems:
    • RHEL 6.0, 7.0, or later fix packs
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • For IBM Power® processor (Big Endian)
    • RHEL 7.0, or later fix packs
    • IBM AIX® V7.1
  • For z Systems™
    • RHEL 6.0, 7.0, or later fix packs

Watson Explorer analytical components (Advanced Edition only) with Watson Knowledge Studio annotators:

  • For x86-64 systems:
    • RHEL 6.0, 7.0, or later fix packs

Watson Explorer Content Analytics Studio (Analytics Edition only):

  • For x86-64 systems:
    • Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10

Browser requirements

Watson Explorer foundational components (Enterprise Edition and Advanced Edition):

Watson Explorer foundational components fully support:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox 47 and 45 Extended Support Release (ESR)
  • Google Chrome 51

Watson Explorer analytical components (Advanced Edition only):

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox 47 and 45 ESR
  • Google Chrome 51

Web application server requirement

Watson Explorer foundational components (Enterprise Edition and Advanced Edition):

  • IBM WebSphere® Application Server V8.5.5 (included)

The program's system requirements can be located at the IBM Support Portal website. The program's release notes can be located at the technotes website.

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Planning information

Packaging
  • Enterprise Edition
    • Watson Explorer DVD
    • Quick Start Guide
  • Advanced Edition
    • Watson Explorer DVD
    • Quick Start Guide

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Security, auditability, and control

Watson Explorer uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware or software.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.



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Product group: Watson Technology

Product: Watson Explorer V11.0 (5725-I17)

Product category: Watson Explorer

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IBM Watson Explorer Enterprise Edition V11.0.1 Multiplatform English EN Media Pack BB027EN
IBM Watson Explorer Advanced Edition Version 11.0.1 Multiplatform English Media Pack BB028EN
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IBM Watson Explorer Advanced Edition V11.0.1 Multiplatform English eAssembly CJ03MEN


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Program name/Description Part number
IBM Watson Explorer Enterprise Edition V11.0.1 Multiplatform English EN Media Pack BB027EN
IBM Watson Explorer Advanced Edition Version 11.0.1 Multiplatform English Media Pack BB028EN
IBM Watson Explorer Enterprise Edition V11.0.1 Multiplatform English eAssembly CJ03LEN
IBM Watson Explorer Advanced Edition V11.0.1 Multiplatform English eAssembly CJ03MEN
Watson Explorer Enterprise Ed RVU Lic +SW S&S 12 Mo D12MNLL
Watson Explorer Enterprise Ed RVU Annual SW S&S Rnwl E0IYWLL
Watson Explorer Advanced Ed RVU Lic + S&S 12 Mo D1B07LL
Watson Explorer Advanced Ed RVU Annual Annual S&S Rnwl E0KHJLL


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IBM Watson Explorer Enterprise Edition V11.0.1 Multiplatform English EN Media Pack BB027EN
IBM Watson Explorer Advanced Edition Version 11.0.1 Multiplatform English Media Pack BB028EN
IBM Watson Explorer Enterprise Edition V11.0.1 Multiplatform English eAssembly CJ03LEN
IBM Watson Explorer Advanced Edition V11.0.1 Multiplatform English eAssembly CJ03MEN

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  • IBM Watson Explorer V11.0.1.0 Advanced Edition (5725-I17): L-SCAO-A8WSBW
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