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Enlarge this imageIBM Senior Vice chairman Bob Picciano as well as Weather Co.’s chairman & CEO, David Kenny, speak at the IBM Insight Conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday.IBMhide captiontoggle captionIBMIBM Senior Vice president Bob Picciano and also the Weather conditions Co.’s chairman & CEO, David Kenny, speak at the IBM Insight Conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday.IBMIBM’s big-data ambitions have been well-known for years, thanks to the high-profile Watson computer that’s been delving into all kinds of industries. The latest is temperature. For a while now, IBM has worked with The Weather conditions Co., the outfit behind Weather, Weather conditions Underground as well as the Temperature Channel. At the same time, The Climate Co. has been trying to figure out a future for its big collection of meteorological valuables, which also includes vast sets of data and teams of experts. IBM has now agreed to buy its partner’s product and technology a sets, meaning apps and websites as well as the data-crunching platforms and teams behind them. The cable TV channel isn’t part of the deal, but it will license weather forecast data and analytics from IBM. For now, fans of the app and website shouldn’t expect any big changes to what they see. IBM and Weather Co. executives say the deal is geared toward companies. «This is absolutely fuel for machine learning in Watson and designed to fundamentally change how busine s decisions are made,» says Glenn Finch, who runs IBM’s Big Data & Analytics group globally.Think airlines planning fuel consumption or working to reduce delays and airport congestion. Think logistics companies planning for a holiday rush, banks estimating where people may look for extra mortgage loans, or stores preparing for bad temperature. «As compared to traditional statistics of today, if a retailer needed to forecast inventory in a location, a lot of it is very statistical and looks historically,» Finch says. «The accuracy of that forecast is really, really important. I can make sure I have the right number of snow shovels, Pop-Tarts and beer in a specific location this week. If I mi s it this week, then I have an out-of-stock. If I have too many, then I’m reducing prices.» The Climate Co. already collects a lot of data. Chief Information and Technology Officer Bryson Koehler says its operations rely on some 40,000 personal weather conditions stations in the U.S. (he says the National Weather conditions Service has around 3,500 weather reporting stations) and 100,000 such stations outside the country. What The Weather conditions Co. doesn’t have, Koehler says, is IBM’s global reach and expertise in a lot of industries, such as agriculture, financial services, Billy Turner Jersey retail or logistics. «We are going to be able to dramatically expand the use of our data acro s all of these industry verticals where IBM already has deep expertise,» he says. IBM isn’t saying how much it’s paying for The Weather conditions Co. a sets, but the two are looking to close the deal in the first quarter of 2016.