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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Microsoft Launches Free AI Business School for Execs | CHANNEL: Digital Workplace - CMSWire

Nicholas McQuire, vice president, enterprise research and artificial intelligence research at CCS Insight notes, Machine learning and, more broadly, artificial intelligence (AI) have become the tech industry's most important trends over the past 18 months. 

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And despite the hype and, to some extent, fear surrounding the technology, many businesses are now embracing AI at an impressive speed.

My firm, CCS Insight, recently interviewed 400 IT decision-makers in enterprises in the US and Europe. We found that two-thirds are either researching, trialling or already using machine learning in their business, up from less than half in 2017.

At this rate, by the end of 2020, we predict that upwards of 90 percent of large enterprises will have either pilot or production-level applications of machine learning in their organizations. We're seeing increasing usage of the technology for cybersecurity, sales and marketing, and in contact centers, as well as in sectors such as retail, financial services and media. This suggests that some enterprises are quietly getting on with adopting AI and machine learning... 

Microsoft Sends Execs Back to School
Today Microsoft has announced a free, online program that offers training in AI which aims to overcome these barriers. Microsoft's AI Business School is not a technical how-to. It's designed entirely for business leaders, and covers a host of topics to help leaders gain practical knowledge to define and implement strategies for their organizations. There are also guides on helping executives manage the impact AI has on company culture, operations and governance.

Microsoft plans to offer a range of case studies, executive insights from Microsoft leaders, academic lectures from INSEAD business school, a partner for the program, and tech talks covering a range of key AI technologies.

The course breaks down into four modules:

Source: CMSWire