People are still talking about IBM Corp.'s 2015 acquisition of The Weather Company. Why did IBM buy it? Market Watch
reports: "On Wednesday, IBM revealed its first joint product with The
Weather Company: a hyperlocal weather forecast—at a 0.2-mile to 1.2-mile resolution—to provide enterprise clients with short-term customized forecasts. It’s hoping to include this
service, dubbed Deep Thunder, as part of a growing suite of products offered to enterprise clients through its Watson arm. Deep Thunder combines big data and machine-learning tools from IBM Research
with The Weather Company’s global forecasting model, which includes more than 195,000 personal weather stations.
"Mary Glackin, head of science and forecast operations at The
Weather Company, said the tool will help companies with critical decision making. The data will be able to show how minor changes to weather, such as temperature, might affect things like consumer
buying behavior, helping retailers to adjust their supply chains and shelve stocks, she said."
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