Enterprise AI Strategy – What Executives need to know

About every 5 years, a new technology paradigm is introduced and it changes everything.  It was true of Antibiotics, Airline Travel, the Internet, Mobility, Cloud Computing and most recently Machine Learning and AI.  Executives that are passionate about using technology to accelerate their productivity, growth and market positioning need to formalize a comprehensive AI Strategy and commit and communicate it widely throughout the organization.  We define AI Strategy as: The ability to drive productivity and innovation throughout the Enterprise through a combination of data analytics, advanced ML technology, process redesign and experimentation. The newly formed Enterprise AI Strategy needs to be designed to solve real-world problems at scale.  …

MRP Pitfalls and Missteps

The evolution of Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) software has vastly improved the efficiency of today’s global manufacturing supply chains.  MRP software focuses on optimizing the production planning and execution process.   This typically begins with customer or forecast demand (independent demand) for finished products.  This forecast demand then drives the detailed acquisition and production of all subassemblies and parts (also know as dependent demand). MRP II takes a more holistic view of the company-wide manufacturing environment.  It expands the focus beyond individual production planning to include both operational and financial planning as well as “what-if” simulation capabilities.  It typically involves a combination of expanded software modules, business skills, …

Middle Office Transformation

Until recently, many fast growth organizations have suffered huge performance gaps in what is known as their Middle Office.  As the name implies, the Middle office is operational in nature and sits between the enterprise Front Office and Back Office. The Front Office has traditionally been supported by Sales and Marketing CRM solutions.  These solutions include Salesforce.com, Siebel, MS Dynamics and Marketo.  The Back Office has traditionally been supported by large ERP players such as Oracle, SAP and Infor.  Unfortunately, that left the “Middle Office” to fend for itself.  In order for Middle Office Organizations to gain efficiency and remain compliant, they were forced to either create customized …

The Coming AI Winter

In the not too distant future, machines will be capable of doing some amazingly human things, like showing compassion, lying, creating music, multi-modality communication, exhibiting the capability for self-reflection and recursive thinking. Or at least they will be able to simulate these human capabilities. Much of the advanced research into AI is focused on technology singularity or General Machine Intelligence, while more practical applications such as speech and vision recognition research is focusing on something known as Pragmatics.   Pragmatics is the ability to understand meaning based on context.  As an example, words or visual cues alone cannot define proper meaning, and the ability to have context awareness offers …

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