Artificial Intelligence in Enterprise


How Can Enterprises Get Started in AI?


Did you miss our June 10th talk with Rob May of InsideAI? Read more about how enterprises can undertake their own AI implementations in this article by Jin Paik, Steven Randazzo, and Jenny Hoffman: AI in Enterprise: How Do I Get Started?

You can also check out the podcast or video of the event through our Innovation Science Guide.


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Next Session: "AI Product Management and Adapting to Uncertainty"  

with Peter Skomoroch 


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

11:00am to 12:00pm EDT


Apply here to attend


Peter Skomoroch is an entrepreneur, investor, and the former Head of Data Products at Workday and LinkedIn. He was Co-Founder and CEO of SkipFlag, a deep learning startup (backed by Accel Partners, Greylock and OATV) acquired by Workday in 2018. Peter is a senior executive with extensive experience building and running teams that develop products powered by data and machine learning. He was also an early member of the data team at LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network with over 500 million members worldwide. As a Principal Data Scientist at LinkedIn, he led data science teams focused on reputation, search, inferred identity, and building data products. He was also the creator of LinkedIn Skills and Endorsements, one of the fastest growing new product features in LinkedIn’s history, generating 3 billion endorsements for more than 70 million members in the first year after launch.

Before joining LinkedIn, Peter was Director of Analytics at Juice Analytics and a Senior Research Engineer at AOL Search. In a previous life, he developed price optimization models for Fortune 500 retailers, studied machine learning at MIT, and worked on Biodefense projects for DARPA and The Department of Defense. Peter has a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Brandeis University and research experience in Machine Learning and Neuroscience.


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.

Watch highlights from the November 2019 event:


Upcoming Speakers

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Reza Olfati-Saber – Global Head of AI and Deep Analytics, Sanofi

5 Aug. 2020 - 11am-12pm EDT

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Karim LakhaniKarim R. Lakhani is the founder and co-director of the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard, the principal investigator of the NASA Tournament Laboratory at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the faculty co-founder of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative. He specializes in technology management and innovation. His research examines crowd-based innovation models and the digital transformation of companies and industries. 

Marco Iansiti ImageMarco Iansiti is an expert on digital innovation and transformation, with a special focus on strategy, business models, and new product development in high technology industries. His research studied innovation and operations in both firms and firm networks. He examined the strategy, business models, and innovation processes of a variety of organizations including Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Wal*Mart, AT&T, Dell, Amazon, and Google, among many others.

In their book, Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World, Lakhani and Iansiti show how reinventing the firm around data, analytics, and AI removes traditional constraints on scale, scope, and learning that have constrained business growth for hundreds of years. 

Doug LevinDouglas A. Levin is Executive-in-Residence at the Laboratory for Innovation Sciences at Harvard and best known as the sole founder and first CEO of Black Duck Software. He is an advisor to an array of young companies in the cybersecurity and AI/machine learning segments, including Carbon Relay, Stynt, Tolemi, Wabbi, and ZyloTech.  He also is a frequent guest lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard Business School where he speaks on a range of topics, including finance, technology and markets, and entrepreneurship. 


Jin Paik, Steven Randazzo, and Jenny Hoffman. Working Paper. “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.