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IBM CEO: Too Soon to Break Out Watson Revenue

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Adam Amie

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.—International Business Machines Inc. won t be breaking out financial results for its Watson artificial intelligence unit any time soon, even as it boasts of strong growth, said Chief Executive Virginia Rometty.

The Watson business is still growing and could come to encompass new services, Ms. Rometty said at the Code Conference here Wednesday.

There would be no value in making that disclosure.

The Watson software grew to prominence after successfully taking on human competitors on the quiz show Jeopardy!

Ms. Rometty also dismissed the idea of making a consumer device to compete with Amazon.com Inc. s Echo virtual assistant or the forthcoming Alphabet Inc. Google Home.

She said the company is focused on being a back-end software provider, allowing other companies, such as Berkshire Hathaway Inc. s Geico, to use Watson for their services so they can keep their own data.

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