Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership (MS ITL)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Margaret McCoey


This research paper examines cognitive computing relative to how businesses in healthcare may use cognitive systems to analyze big data to create a competitive advantage. It explains the underlying technologies, such as machine learning and natural language processing, and gives an overview of the technology driving the world's most popular cognitive computing system, IBM Watson. It examines case studies that show businesses applying cognitive systems to derive value from big data and discusses how this may be used to develop business value and provide analysis for strategic processing. It also touches on challenges of cognitive computing. The paper concludes with lessons learned and future research.