IBM Watson Explorer V11.0 accelerates the deployment of hybrid cloud applications and harnesses new text mining and cognitive computing capabilities from the IBM Watson Developer Cloud

IBM United States Software Announcement 215-097
July 28, 2015


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IBM Watson™ Explorer V11.0 adds application development capabilities that accelerate an organization's journey into cognitive and hybrid computing by serving as an entry point to the IBM Watson Developer Cloud. New features enable organizations to:

  • Leverage sophisticated natural language processing techniques that analyze content and add high-level semantic information that deliver insights from unstructured content.
  • Accelerate cognitive computing initiatives by quickly integrating and analyzing data from Representative State Transfer-based (RESTful) web services, as well as services from Watson™ Developer Cloud.
  • Integrate data from Salesforce.com and Microsoft™ SharePoint Online in to Watson Explorer V11.0 Foundational Components in order to leverage employee engagement and collaboration data.
  • Harness data from IBM® Connections V5.0 for Watson Explorer V11.0 Content Analytics to enable analysis of unstructured content managed in Connections V5.0.
  • Rapidly deploy 360-degree information applications, using new features that provide guided customization of both the visual and functional elements of the application.
  • Improve users' ability to perform hypothesis-free unstructured data analysis with Watson Explorer V11.0 Content Analytics Miner through an enhanced user interface.
  • Leverage native integration with IBM BigInsights™ for Apache Hadoop and IBM Open Platform with Apache Hadoop in order to scale content analytics.


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IBM Watson Explorer V11.0 is offered in two editions:

  • Enterprise Edition: Provides enterprise-wide information access and 360-degree information applications capabilities across internal, external, and hybrid cloud data sources and services, as well as the ability to integrate IBM 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 360-degree information applications across internal, external, and hybrid cloud data sources and services, as well as the ability to integrate 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.


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  • Internet connection
  • Browser

Refer to the Technical information section for additional information.



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Planned availability date
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  • July 31, 2015: Electronic delivery
  • August 31, 2015: Physical delivery


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IBM Watson Explorer V11.0 serves as an on-premises platform for implementing hybrid cloud applications by integrating internal and external data, and leveraging IBM Watson cloud-based cognitive services.

Key features:

  • Connects everyone in the organization with the information they need to do their jobs more efficiently and with better results.
  • Delivers ability to integrate applications with IBM Watson Developer Cloud services, enabling users to ask natural-language questions and receive answers.
  • Leverages sophisticated natural language processing techniques to extract meaning and insight from unstructured content, such as customer comments, messages, social media, legal documents, research reports, accident reports, and other important sources of information from both inside and outside the enterprise.
  • Provides a framework for creating 360-degree information applications that provide a complete view of any entity, drawing from all available sources, whether a customer, product, project, physical asset, or any other topic.

New features:

  • Leverages AlchemyAPI services, which are now part of the Watson Developer Cloud, for sophisticated natural language processing techniques that analyze content and add high-level semantic information that deliver insights from unstructured content.
  • Quickly integrates and analyzes data from RESTful web services wherever they reside as well as services on Watson Developer Cloud to support and accelerate cognitive computing initiatives.
  • Integrates data from Salesforce.com and Microsoft SharePoint Online to drive employee engagement and collaboration.
  • Rapidly deploys 360-degree information applications through guided customization of both visual and functional elements of Watson Explorer Application Builder.
  • Improves users' ability to perform hypothesis-free unstructured data analysis with Watson Explorer Content Analytics Miner through an enhanced user interface.
  • Scales content mining by leveraging native integration with Apache Hadoop. It is certified to work with IBM BigInsights for Apache Hadoop.
  • Harnesses data from IBM Connections V5.0 for Watson Explorer Content Analytics to enable analysis of unstructured content managed in Connections V5.0.
  • Indexes content in Watson Explorer Engine in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish, using the lexical analysis capability from the analytical components. Organizations with Watson Advanced Edition may enhance these lexical analysis capabilities by using Watson Explorer Studio.
  • Enhancements to Watson Explorer Application Framework make it easier for developers to customize both the visual and functional elements of 360-degree information applications and broaden the integration options with external services. These enhancements include:
    • Integration of data, queries, and business logic from Watson Explorer Application Builder applications into your existing applications.
    • Ability to pull in data services, including Watson Developer Cloud APIs, from inside or outside of your firewall to enhance and enrich information applications in just a few clicks.
    • Reuse of Watson Explorer Application Builder components from within and outside of 360-degree information applications.
    • Custom pages such as dashboards for specific user groups and custom help pages.
    • Code suggestions within widgets, which provide developers with a starting point for creating script during widget definition.
    • Document level security in Watson Explorer Application Builder applications for Watson Explorer Foundational Component connectors.
    • User interface enhancements that provide more intuitively designed screen elements.
    • Ability to modify the standard default user interface elements of a Watson Explorer Application Builder application.
    • Easier developer access to commonly used administrative functions.
    • Improved calculation options within Watson Explorer Application Framework applications.
    • Performance improvements when returning results with large amounts of metadata.
    • Ability to publish Watson Explorer Content Analytics Miner visualizations, such as trends, tag clouds, sentiment into 360-degree information applications with a single click.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

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5725-I17 11.0 IBM Watson Explorer


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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

IBM Watson Explorer Foundational Components (Enterprise and Advanced Editions):

  • 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.

Hardware that supports the following:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux™ (RHEL) 6.0, or later fix packs for x86-64 systems
  • Microsoft Windows™ Server 2012 for x86-64 systems

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 2GHz, or higher processor
  • IBM z Systems™ with four or more cores of 2 GHz, or higher processor

Hardware that supports the following:

  • RHEL 6.0, 7.0, or later fix packs for x86-64 systems
  • SLES 11, 12, or later fix packs for x86-64 systems or equivalent Linux distributions
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 for x86-64 systems
  • RHEL 7.0, or later fix packs for IBM Power® processor (Big Endian)
  • IBM AIX® V6.1 or V7.1
  • RHEL 6.0, 7.0, or later fix packs for IBM z Systems
  • SLES 11, 12, or later fix packs for IBM z Systems

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

Hardware that supports:

  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8, or 8.1

Server hardware recommendations:

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. Simply satisfying these minimum requirements will not provide an optimal 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

IBM Watson Explorer Foundational Components (Enterprise and Advanced Editions):

Watson Explorer Engine and Watson Explorer Results Module fully support:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0, or later
  • Firefox 3.6, or later

No issues have been reported when using the product module with other modern standards-based browsers, such as:

  • Safari 3, or later
  • Opera 8, or later
  • Google Chrome

Watson Explorer Application Builder fully supports:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0, or later
  • Firefox 17, or later

No issues have been reported when using Application Builder with other modern standards-based browsers, such as:

  • Safari 3, or later
  • Opera 8, or later
  • Google Chrome

IBM Watson Explorer Analytical Components (Advanced Edition only):

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, or later
  • Firefox ESR 31, or later fix packs
  • Safari on iOS 7 (the search application and the dashboard view of the Content Analytics Miner only)

Server operating systems (one of the following):

  • IBM AIX V6.1 (64 bit)
  • IBM AIX V7.1 (64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition R2 (64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition R2 (64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition R2 (64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition R2 (64 bit)
  • SLES 11 (64 bit)
  • SLES 11 for z Systems™ (64 bit)
  • SLES 12(64 bit)
  • SLES 12 for z Systems (64 bit)
  • RHEL Server 6 (64 bit)
  • RHEL Server 7 (64 bit)
  • RHEL Advance Server 6 for IBM z Systems (64 bit)
  • RHEL Server 7 for IBM Power (64-bit Big Endian)
  • RHEL Server 7 for IBM z Systems (64 bit)

Client browsers

Clients running one of the following web browsers can access and run the IBM Content Analytics Miner web applications. Client systems must have the necessary hardware to support a browser that supports frames and JavaScript™.

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
  • Mozilla Firefox ESR 31

Web application server (one of following):

  • IBM WebSphere® Application Server V8.0, base edition (optional)
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5, base edition (optional) (included)
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.0, network deployment (optional)
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5, network deployment (optional)

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

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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This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Product group: Watson Explorer

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

Product category: Watson Explorer


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Program name/Description Part number
IBM Watson Explorer Enterprise Edition Version 11.0.0 Multiplatform English Media Pack BB025EN
IBM Watson Explorer Advanced Edition Version 11.0.0 Multiplatform English Media Pack BB026EN


Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details

Customers with active maintenance or subscription for the products listed are entitled to receive the corresponding media pack.

Entitled maintenance offerings description Part number
IBM Watson Explorer V11.0  
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 S&S Rnwl E0KHJLL
Media packs description Part number
IBM Watson Explorer Enterprise Edition Version 11.0.0 Multiplatform English Media Pack BB025EN
IBM Watson Explorer Advanced Edition Version 11.0.0 Multiplatform English Media Pack BB026EN

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Program name PID number Charge metric
IBM Watson Explorer 5725-I17 RVU


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