Signing up for a personal Cloud Pak for Data as a Service account

You can sign up for a free version of Cloud Pak for Data as a Service with a set of Lite services that include the core services of IBM Watson Studio, Watson Machine Learning, and Watson Knowledge Catalog, plus other IBM Cloud services.

To sign up for Cloud Pak for Data as a Service:

  1. Sign up for Cloud Pak for Data as a Service by logging in to your IBM Cloud account from the Try Cloud Pak for Data as a Service page.
  2. If you want to create your services in a different IBM Cloud service region than the one selected by default, select a different region.
  3. If you don’t have an IBM Cloud account, create one.
  4. On the Select account screen, select the account and resource group where you want to use Cloud Pak for Data as a Service. If you belong to an account with existing services, you can select it instead of your account. You won’t see the Select account screen if you have only one account and resource group.

Note: Stay with your default browser during the activation process. If you land on the IBM Cloud Dashboard, return to the Try Cloud Pak for Data as a Service page and follow the link to log in with an existing account.

Watch this video to see how to sign up for Cloud Pak for Data as a Service.

Figure 1. Video icon Sign up for an IBM Cloud Pak for Data as a Service account
  • Time Transcript
    00:03 This video shows you how to try out IBM Cloud Pak for Data as a Service for free.
    00:08 IBM Cloud Pak for Data as a Service gives you access to Watson Studio, Watson Knowledge Catalog, Data Refinery, machine and deep learning, visual recognition models, dashboards, and streams flows.
    00:26 At dataplatform.cloud.ibm.com you can sign up for a free trial.
    00:32 When you sign up for a Cloud Pak for Data account, you are automatically signed up for a free IBM Cloud account.
    00:39 Here you see the Watson services that will be provisioned: Watson Studio, Watson Machine Learning, and Watson Knowledge Catalog.
    00:52 If you already have an IBM Cloud account, then use your IBM ID to sign up for Cloud Pak for Data. Otherwise, type your email address which will be used to create an IBM Cloud account for you.
    01:06 On the next screen, you are redirected to the IBM Cloud registration page.
    01:12 First, provide a secure password that meets the criteria.
    01:18 Next, you will receive an email with a seven-digit verification code.
    01:24 Copy the code from the email and paste it on the registration form.
    01:30 Next, provide your personal information.
    01:35 Lastly, confirm the information and create the account.
    01:40 Next, you’ll see the process create the IBM Cloud Pak for Data user account using your IBM Cloud credentials.
    01:51 And, finally, you’ll see that your account was successfully created.
    01:56 This IBM account has only one associated IBM Cloud account and one resource group.
    02:03 If you have more than one associated account, or an account with multiple resource groups, then during the Cloud Pak for Data account set up, you’ll see this screen giving you the option to select an account and resource group to use.
    02:18 IBM Cloud uses resource groups as a way for you to organize your account resources in customizable groupings, so that you can quickly assign users access to more than one resource at a time.
    02:34 Now you’re ready to start working in IBM Cloud Pak for Data as a Service. To help you get started, try the tutorial.
    02:39 Find more videos in the Cloud Pak for Data as a Service documentation.

After you sign up for Cloud Pak for Data as a Service, use your IBM Cloud account to log in at https://dataplatform.cloud.ibm.com.

If you’re the only user in the account, you’re all set! As owner of the IBM Cloud account that activated Cloud Pak for Data as a Service, you have the necessary permissions to add services, projects, catalogs, and so on.

To set up your account for your organization, so that other users can share services and resources, see Set up an account for your organization.

Next steps

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