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Microsoft launches Artificial Intelligence business school

Microsoft on Monday announced a business school in Artificial Intelligence (AI) that will help companies improve decision-making in integrating AI across their operations.

INSEAD, a graduate business school with campuses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, partnered with Microsoft to build the AI Business School's strategy module, which includes case studies about companies across many industries that have successfully transformed their businesses with AI, the company said in a statement.

series of short introductory videos provide an overview of the AI technologies driving change across industries, but the bulk of the content focuses on managing the impact of AI on company strategy, culture and responsibility, the company said in a statement.

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“There is a gap between what people want to do and the reality of what is going on in their organisations today, and the reality of whether their organisation is ready,” said Mitra Azizirad, corporate vice president for AI marketing at Microsoft.

“It goes all the way to the leadership, behaviours and capabilities required to instill an AI-ready culture in your organisation.” The new ‘Business School’ is an extension of Microsoft’s existing ‘AI School’ which is a more technical course.

Microsoft launches business school focused on AI strategy, culture and responsibility

In recent years, some of the world’s fastest growing companies have deployed artificial intelligence to solve specific business problems.

“It goes all the way to the leadership, behaviors and capabilities required to instill an AI-ready culture in your organization.” On the road to developing a strategy, executives and other business leaders are often stalled by questions about how and where to begin implementing AI across their companies;

A series of short introductory videos provide an overview of the AI technologies driving change across industries, but the bulk of the content focuses on managing the impact of AI on company strategy, culture and responsibility.

Nick McQuire, an analyst who covers artificial intelligence for CCS Insight, said more than 50 percent of the companies his firm has surveyed are already either researching, trialing or implementing specific projects with AI and machine learning, but very few are using AI across their organization and identifying business opportunities and problems that AI can address.

For example, a case study on Jabil describes how one of the world’s largest manufacturing solutions providers was able to reduce overhead costs and increase production line quality by using AI to check electronic parts as they are manufactured, freeing up employees to focus on value added activities that machines are unable to do.

key to implementing AI, Cantrell added, was the leadership team’s focus on clearly communicating to employees the company’s strategy around AI – to eliminate routine, repetitive activities in order to free them up to focus on activities that cannot be automated.

“You need to start out with an open approach to how the data of an organization is going to be used, which is the foundation of AI, to get the results that you are banking on,” she said, adding that successful leaders foster an inclusive approach to AI that brings different roles together and breaks down data silos.

“In the case of AI and in the case of culture, the people closest to the business problem you are trying to solve really need to be involved,” said Azizirad, adding that the sales team is embracing the lead-scoring model because they trust it will produce high-quality leads.

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