Watson Studio Desktop is now free for academia

Machine Learning, Data Science, and Predictive Analytics techniques are in strong demand. That’s why since its launch, IBM Watson Studio has proven to be very popular with academia. Thousands of students and faculty have been drawn to Watson Studio for its powerful open source and code-free data analysis tools. Now, this all-in-one platform for data science is free to students and faculty with unlimited use with Watson Studio Desktop.

Unlimited Desktop for academia

As a reminder, Watson Studio Desktop comes in 3 forms:

  • Watson Studio Cloud — the freemium all-cloud offering
  • Watson Studio Local — enterprise behind-the-firewall use
  • Watson Studio Desktop — a fast and easy desktop install with
    unlimited compute

Watson Studio Desktop, with unlimited compute, is now available for free to students and faculty for teaching and learning purposes via a 1 year subscription. Because this is a subscription, new features and functionality will be added every few weeks through in-product updates. In addition, a student or faculty member can re-register after 1 year as long as they remain a student or faculty member.

Powerful features for all student types

Watson Studio Desktop brings these techniques to your Windows or Mac machine so everyone in academia -both programmers and non-programmers- can unlock insights from any dataset.

  • Data mining students can leverage the integrated SPSS Modeler functionality to drag-and-drop their way to machine-learning, model building, and data exploration.
  • Data science students comfortable with coding can use Watson Studio Desktop to exercise their open-source R and Python skills with Jupyter Notebooks.
  • All students can use the integrated SPSS Modeler and Data
    Shaper to explore, prepare, and chart data in just a few clicks.

All these features will be coming to IBM Watson Studio Desktop, and academics will be able to use them in an unlimited capacity for teaching and learning purposes.

Here’s how to sign up:

  • First, visit our academic partner to start. Students click here and faculty click here.
  • Then, you’ll get an email after you’ve been verified as a student or faculty. Click the link in that email to register for the service.
  • Lastly, just download, install, and log in to the product.

Need help?

Visit our Stack Overflow page for Watson Studio if you have any questions.

IBM Watson Studio

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Internship in IBM Egypt – Big Data Education and Quality Assurance

An internship opportunity in IBM Egypt is available for quality assurance of IBM Skills Academy materials on Big Data.


What you will learn


  • Applicant can be from anywhere in Egypt, because she/she does not have to come to IBM every day.
  • Your CV must contain a link to your Acclaim profile.


Send your CV to abaky@eg.ibm.com, and write the title of this blog post in the email subject.

Update [18/11/2018]: Application is closed; we have received enough CVs.

Big Data Engineer - Mastery Award for Professionals 2018

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Courses and sessions that I offer

Courses and sessions that I can offer


  • Introduction to Computer (Basic)
  • Microsoft Office (Intermediate)
  • C# Programming (Intermediate)
  • VB Programming (Intermediate)
  • IBM Cognos Analytics Report Authoring (Intermediate) – as part of IBM programs
  • IBM Cognos Analytics Modeling (Advanced) – as part of IBM programs


  • IBM Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence & IBM Watson
  • Netiquette (Internet etiquette) & Cybersecurity
  • Enterprise Design Thinking (preparing)
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IBM Skills Academy graduates required

There is an ooportunity for a team of IBM Skills Academy graduates to work (as freelancers) on a project.


  • Must be Egyptian, from anywhere in Egypt
  • Must be a graduate of the IBM Skills Academy program
  • Must have taken the Design Thinking course (you can take it now before application!)
  • It is prefereed to be a university graduate, not a student
  • It is prefereed not be in a full time job



  • Required technical skills , and the tools that will be used will be determined by the team itself.
  • I don’t have to reply to applications, I share them with other team members
  • Please read this post before sending your CV: Writing your CV


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IBM Open Badges

See this quick introduction about IBM Open Badge Program.

You can earn IBM open badges from the following sites:

See also:



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Business Intelligence Analyst Preparation

Please follow the below steps to prepare for the Business Intelligence Analyst training:

  1. Register in the DigitalNationAfrica.com web site. Make sure to set Egypt as your country.
  2. Take the course Introduction to Data Science and Analytics (30 minutes)
  3. Take one of the following courses:
    1. SQL and Relational Databases 101 (6 hours)
    2. Web Development (3 hours)
    3. HTML & CSS (3 hours)
  4. After you are enrolled in the Business Intelligence Analyst career path on IBM Skills Academy, take Module I and Module II (please use Firefox).

Business Intelligence Analyst - Mastery Award for Students 2018

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IBM Cognos Analytics version 11.0.12 has been released

IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.12 has been released and is now available for download.
New and changed features
Deprecated and removed features
Downloading IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.12
Cognos Analytics 11.0 Fix Lists (resolved APARs)
IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.0 Supported Software Environments

IBM Cognos Analytics

IBM Cognos Analytics


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