Microsoft is keenly looking at AI to be a part of their maximum product range. Hence, the company has launched a free online AI business school to help business leaders understand the various applications of Artificial Intelligence so that they can drive their organizations better and deliver exceptional customer success.
In a recent post on the Microsoft Blog, Mitra Azizirad, Corporate Vice President for AI Marketing at Microsoft, stated, “There is a gap between what people want to do and the reality of what is going on in their organizations today and the reality of whether their organization is ready. Developing a strategy for AI extends beyond the business issues. It goes all the way to the leadership, behaviors, and capabilities required to instill an AI-ready culture in your organization.”
The online AI business school was launched as a masterclass for business leaders so that they can grasp concepts of how a practical AI model can be deployed for their business to drive better results. This has become all the more important because so far AI has only been a buzzword for business leaders. Enterprise leadership has always had difficulty in finding time exclusively to grasp the concept of Artificial Intelligence in a way that AI models blend in with existing business policies, regulations, and guidelines.
“This [online] school is a deep dive into how you develop a strategy and identify blockers before they happen in the implementation of AI in your organization,” said Azizirad. The AI Business School isn’t meant to train business leaders on the technology of AI but is instead designed to prepare them to lead their organizations on a journey of AI transformation, she added.
The course includes the following:
- Briefly written case studies
- Videos of lectures, perspectives, and talks
- Short introductory videos present an overview of the definition of AI
- Industry applications
- General discussions about the impact of AI across business verticals
The online business school joins other educational initiatives of Microsoft such as AI School and the Microsoft Professional Program for AI. The course lays a lot of impetus on best practices about sharing sensitive data inside an enterprise, within teams and departments.
“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. 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,” she said.
Microsoft hopes that the course will help stakeholders in implementing real-world AI strategies. It also seeks to enable leaders to use their experience to share and connect with other industry leaders who are using AI.