AI Deep Learning – Can Computers Think?

Over the past 60 years, Computer Scientists have relentlessly searched for ways to create intelligent machines through the application of complex rules-based algorithms.  Recent advancements in Machine Learning (ML) algorithms in combination with vast quantities of training data have made wide-spread Artificial Intelligence a reality.  By successfully modeling many functions of the human brain in silicon, experts believe that one-day computers will actually be able to think for themselves. AI is a classic success story of convergence.  Neuro-science, Computer Science and Robotics have all converged to create neurological models of the human brain and body. Understanding how the human brain is organized, its underlying building blocks and how …

ERP Best Practices

Selecting a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution can be daunting for any organization, but once the selection process has been completed, the real work begins.  The task of realizing value from this sizable software investment requires a thoughtful and methodical approach focused on solving real business problems. Whether you have selected Oracle, SAP or a manufacturing focused solution such as PLEX or Infor, it is extremely important to gather targeted requirements that focus on specific high-value business goals.  This is the first step towards managing complexity, automation and achieving scalability. We recommend the following 12 critical success factors to any ERP implementation: Identify targeted business problems Conduct …

AI First Strategy

So your organization is thinking about creating a “Mobile First” strategy and developing your industry’s next killer app.  Unfortunately, that paradigm alone will no longer differentiate your product or service offering. Instead organizations need to be thinking about leveraging their vast quantities of data to create an “AI First” strategy. We define Artificial Intelligence (AI) First strategy as follows: The ability to leverage Machine Learning techniques, such as conditional probably computation, to automatically anticipate the next best action. This strategy can be used to drastically improve the customer experience, drive efficiency and optimize outcomes. At its core, AI First strategy involves data science and the ability to transform vast quantities …

The Agile Economy – Digital Disruption

The era of incremental innovation has passed.   Transformational innovation wins the day and the game has been changed to winner take all.  Incremental innovation is best defined by optimizing existing products or services for existing customers.  This method of competition primarily requires organizations to become more agile internally to support incremental customer-centric improvements.  Transformation on the other hand mainly occurs by creating something entirely new. We define Transformational Innovation as inventing new products and services for markets that currently do not exist.  Transforming an industry involves optimizing around new metrics involving a drastically improved user experience or outcome. Both Market Leaders and Fast Follower companies have the opportunity …

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