Artificial Intelligence in Enterprise

As the new decade unfolds, profound changes are occurring in the business world. The AI in Enterprise discussion series is adapting to address the new challenges facing enterprises pursuing artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions. Designed for executives and senior management at enterprise-level companies, these one-hour talks provide insights from leaders in the field into how enterprise firms are thinking critically and strategically about AI/ML integration.

Past Sessions in 2021

 

1) "Experimenting with Emerging Technologies in Australia’s Biggest Bank" with Jesse Arundell (Head of Emerging Technology, Commonwealth Bank):
 
In the April 2021 session of AI in EnterpriseJesse Arundell explained how Australia’s largest financial services institution is accelerating its adoption of new and emerging technologies (e.g. AI, RegTech, DLT, 5G, Quantum Computing) through active experimentation with its technology partners, investments in new deep technology start-ups, and the creation of new software and algorithms. He shared what his team does, how they work and what they are currently focused on.
 
If you missed this insightful discussion, you can find the podcast and video recording on our Innovation Science Guide and on our youtube channel.
 
2) "ROI from AI: Challenges & Opportunities for getting better ROI from AI initiatives" with Anand Rao (Global Artificial Intelligence Lead, PwC)
 

As the Global Artificial Intelligence Lead and innovation lead within PwC’s Emerging Technology practice, Dr. Anand S. Rao is responsible for research and commercial relationships with academic institutions and start-ups, research, development and commercialization of innovative AI, big data and analytic techniques. With over 35 years of industry and consulting experience, he leads a team of practitioners who advise C-level executives and implement advanced analytics and AI-based solutions on a variety of strategic, operational, and ethical use cases. Drawing from his PhD and research career in AI, as well as his subsequent experience in management consulting, Anand's session will explore the concept of "agile AI" and how to incorporate it into the enterprise responsibly. 

If you missed this insightful discussion, you can find the recording on our youtube channel


The AI in Enterprise Series

Enterprise firms across the globe are increasingly turning to AI-driven technologies to achieve key business goals. While potential benefits are significant, many firms underestimate the fundamental change necessary to successfully integrate AI into the enterprise. Successful adoption programs need to be developed to fit the particular needs of each organization—from its data strategy, project management, and product development to its engagement with the cloud, customers, and partners.
 
In November 2019, the Laboratory for Innovation Science (LISH), HBS Digital Initiative, and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) launched AI in Enterprise,  an invitation-only series for selected executives to learn how to manage expectations and assimilate the knowledge and tools they need to implement a successful transition to AI in larger, more established organizations.
 
In contrast to other discussions on AI, this series aims to provide key insights on how enterprise firms are thinking critically and strategically about AI integration. Drawing on the LISH’s extensive experience over the past decade running programs that develop algorithm and AI-based solutions with partners across industries—as well as subject matter expertise from Harvard Business School faculty and partners—this series will provide a uniquely enterprise-focused forum for understanding artificial intelligence.
 

Publications

Hannah Mayer. 7/2020. “AI in Enterprise: AI Product Management.” Edited by Jin H. Paik, Jenny Hoffman, and Steven Randazzo.Abstract

While there are dispersed resources to learn more about artificial intelligence, there remains a need to cultivate a community of practitioners for cyclical exposure and knowledge sharing of best practices in the enterprise. That is why Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard launched the AI in the Enterprise series, which exposes managers and executives to interesting applications of AI and the decisions behind developing such tools. 

Moderated by HBS Professor and co-author of Competing in the Age of AI, Karim R. Lakhani, the July virtual session featured Peter Skomoroch from DataWrangling and formerly at LinkedIn. Together, they discussed what differentiates AI product management from managing other tech products and how to adapt to the uncertainty in the AI product lifecycle.

Hannah Mayer. 10/2020. “Data Science is the New Accounting.” Edited by Jin H. Paik and Jenny Hoffman.Abstract

In the October session of the AI in Enterprise series, HBS Professor and co-author of Competing in the Age of AI, Karim R. Lakhani and Roger Magoulas (Data Science Advisor) delved into O'Reilly's most recent survey of AI adoption in larger companies. The discussion explored common risk factors, techniques, tools, as well as the data governance and data conditioning that large companies are using to build and scale their AI practices. 

 

Read Hannah Mayer's recap of the event to learn more about what senior managers in enterprises need to know about AI - particularly, if they want to adopt at scale. 

 

Hannah Mayer. 9/2020. “AI in Enterprise: In Tech We Trust.. Maybe Too Much?Edited by Jin H. Paik and Jenny Hoffman.Abstract

While there are dispersed resources to learn more about artificial intelligence, there remains a need to cultivate a community of practitioners for cyclical exposure and knowledge sharing of best practices in the enterprise. That is why Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard launched the AI in the Enterprise series, which exposes managers and executives to interesting applications of AI and the decisions behind developing such tools. 

In the September session of the AI in Enterprise series, HBS Professor and co-author of Competing in the Age of AI, Karim R. Lakhani spoke with Latanya Sweeney about algorithmic bias, data privacy, and the way forward for enterprises adopting AI. They explored how AI and ML can impact society in unexpected ways and what senior enterprise leaders can do to avoid negative externalities. Professor of the Practice of Government and Technology at the Harvard Kennedy School and in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, director and founder of the Data Privacy Lab, and former Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Latanya Sweeney pioneered the field known as data privacy and launched the emerging area known as algorithmic fairness.

Hannah Mayer, Jin H. Paik, Timothy DeStefano, and Jenny Hoffman. 8/2020. “From Craft to Commodity: The Evolution of AI in Pharma and Beyond”.Abstract

While there are dispersed resources to learn more about artificial intelligence, there remains a need to cultivate a community of practitioners for cyclical exposure and knowledge sharing of best practices in the enterprise. That is why Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard launched the AI in the Enterprise series, which exposes managers and executives to interesting applications of AI and the decisions behind developing such tools. 

Moderated by HBS Professor and co-author of Competing in the Age of AI, Karim R. Lakhani, the August virtual session featured Reza Olfati-Saber, an experienced academic researcher currently managing teams of data scientists and life scientists across the globe for Sanofi. Together, they discussed the evolution of AI in life science experimentation and how it may become the determining factor for R&D success in pharma and other industries.

Jin H. Paik, Steven Randazzo, and Jenny Hoffman. 6/2020. “AI in the Enterprise: How Do I Get Started?”.Abstract

While there are dispersed resources to learn more about artificial intelligence, there remains a need to cultivate a community of practitioners for cyclical exposure and knowledge sharing of best practices in the enterprise. That is why Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard launched the AI in the Enterprise series, which exposes managers and executives to interesting applications of AI and the decisions behind developing such tools. 

Moderated by HBS Professor and co-author of Competing in the Age of AI, Karim R. Lakhani, the most recent virtual session with over 240 attendees featured Rob May, General Partner at PJC, an early-stage venture capital firm, and founder of Inside AI, a premier source for information on AI, robotics and neurotechnology. Together, they discussed why we have seen a rise in interest in AI, what managers should consider when wading into the AI waters, and what steps they can take when it is time to do so.