Enterprise search leader Lucidworks is tapping into the IBM Watson Developer Cloud platform for its Fusion platform, an application framework that helps developers to create enterprise discovery applications so companies can understand their data and take action on insights.

Today’s knowledge workers face an avalanche of data and documents. Lucidworks’ Fusion is an application framework for creating powerful enterprise discovery apps that help organizations access all their information to make better, data-driven decisions. Fusion can process massive amounts of structured and multi-structured data in context, including voice, text, numerical, and spatial data. By integrating Watson’s ability to read 800 million pages per second, Fusion can deliver insights within seconds. Developers benefit from this platform by cutting down the work and time it takes to create enterprise discovery apps from months to weeks.

“Watson is a powerful platform for companies and developers to build collaboration solutions and data analysis apps,” said Will Hayes, Chief Executive Officer of Lucidworks. “We’re bringing next-generation capabilities to enterprise discovery by embedding cognitive computing technology like Watson into our Fusion platform to transform how customers create discovery applications for today’s data-rich, fast-paced work environment.”

Customers can rely on Fusion enhanced with Watson to develop and deploy powerful discovery apps quickly with advanced cognitive computing features and machine learning. Fusion applies machine learning capabilities to an organization’s unique and proprietary mix of structured and unstructured data so each app gets smarter over time by learning to deliver better answers to users with each query. Integrating several Watson services such as Retrieve and Rank, Speech to Text, Natural Language Classifier, and AlchemyLanguage bolsters the platform’s performance by enhancing incoming content and queries with cognitive insights designed to improve relevance.

For example, a Fusion app could use Watson’s Speech to Text service to convert the end user’s spoken query into text, sending it to the application. As the results are retrieved and served back to the end user, Fusion can use Watson’s Retrieve and Rank service to rank those results for maximum relevancy based on the end user’s persona, demographic, or previous behaviors. Additionally, the integration bridges the gap between on-premise and cloud based solutions by enabling customers to seamlessly query data in both locations.

Now, customers looking for hosted, pre-tuned machine learning and natural language processing capabilities can point and click their way to building sophisticated applications without the need for additional resources. By bringing Watson’s cognitive computing technology to the world of enterprise data apps, these discovery apps made with Fusion are helping professionals understand the mountain of data they work with in context to take action.

For more information, please visit http://lucidworks.com/products/fusion/watson