What does Watson Cost? What is the Price?

How much does Watson cost? What is the price model? Enterprise software price models are never easy and when entering the API-era it does not get simpler, but it often gets more open. This is all applicable to Watson. Unfortunately, the Watson cost is split, much like what languages that Watson supports, it is listed in different places for each service / API. For my own pleasure (not entirely true) I created a cheat sheet. It is included below both as a link to the actual Google Spreadsheet as well as an embedded table.

Worth noting is that these are the public pricing and I am fairly confident that they stick pretty hard to this structure, but there are discounts involved for partners and enterprises that have a big IBM commitment, these are not entirely public, but since being involved with some products / projects I know they are pretty fair.

Also worth noting is that most of the services has a premium offering to move from the public shared cloud and instead go for a “single tenant instance” / private cloud setup that will ensure better encryption and compute-level isolation. I have an upcoming post on security coming up as well.

The source of the prices included in the document is from both the Watson Services Catalog as well as the Watson services on Bluemix.

This post is more of sharing then trying to make a statement or write an intelligent post, it is simply sharing an aggregated sheet I made and maybe others can find it useful in some way.

Watson Cost and Price Model Cheat Sheet

The cover photo is from a visit to NASDAQ in NYC a while back


Originally published at fredrikstenbeck.com on August 29, 2016.