IBM is set to acquire Promontory Financial, a Washington-based financial consulting firm, as part of a broader effort to use artificial intelligence to analyse regulations and provide advice to financial institutions.
IBM将收购总部驻华盛顿的金融咨询公司鹏睿金融集团(Promontory Financial Group)，以实现用人工智能(AI)技术分析监管规定、并为金融机构提供咨询意见的更大目标。
The computer maker said it was launching a new unit, Watson Financial Services, that would seek to harness the power of Watson, its artificial intelligence computer system, to advise clients on risk and compliance.
这家计算机制造商表示正成立一个名为沃森金融服务(Watson Financial Services)的新部门，该部门会试图利用其人工智能计算机系统沃森(Watson)的巨大威力，为客户提供风险与合规方面的咨询意见。
IBM has suffered from falling revenues over the past four years as its core computer business declines, and Ginni Rometty, its chief executive, has tried to counteract this by focusing on new business areas such as analytics and cloud services.
The company has been spending aggressively to invest in these areas, making $5bn worth of acquisitions in the first six months of this year, although it did not disclose the price tag for the Promontory deal.
Promontory is a consulting firm founded and led by Eugene Ludwig, who was a top banking official during the Clinton administration.
It has more than 600 employees globally, many of who are former regulators who provide consulting services to the banks they once regulated.
Through this tie-up IBM hopes to tap into the market for helping banks manage a fast-changing regulatory environment, a niche that it estimates is worth some $