The AI in Business Podcast is for functional business leaders who need to find AI opportunities, align AI capabilities with strategy, and deliver ROI.
Each week, Emerj founder Daniel Faggella interviews top AI executives from Fortune 500 firms and unicorn startups - and uncovers trends, use-cases, and best practices for practical AI adoption.
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Avoiding Technical Debt and Adopting AI the Right Way - with Brian L. Keith of Microsoft
Today's guest is Brian L. Keith, a research advisor for Emerj AI Research and Federal Azure Data & AI Leader for Microsoft, based in Washington, DC. Brian has spent nearly 21 years as senior director partner for IBM Data and AI, North America, focusing on the federal space. Brian speaks with us today about some of the core challenges to overcome when large companies adopt AI. He brings a perspective through the lens of technical debt and how AI projects build more technical debt than a foundation for AI to blossom and bloom into the future. Brian brings his perspective on how enterprise AI maturity develops how we can build as little technical debt as possible and invest in projects that can deliver ROI and set us up for the future. Suppose you need to frame the ROI case for the enterprise and go to market successfully. In that case, you might want to learn more about our Catalyst program, where we coach AI services and consulting company founders one-to-one and help them start and grow their business and enter the market with success. To learn more, visit: emerj.com/catalyst
Matching Supply and Demand to Improve Healthcare in 2021 - with Sanjeev Agrawal of LeanTaaS
Today's guest is Sanjeev Agrawal, President & CEO of LeanTaaS. LeanTaaS raised over a quarter billion dollars to take on AI in healthcare and is working with over 300 hospitals in the US. Sanjeev is an alumnus of MIT and was head of global product marketing for Google back in the earlier 2000s. Sanjeev walks us through the state of technology adoption in the healthcare space in an exciting way and talks about how hospitals can start small by leveraging smaller datasets to improve some of their existing processes. We talk a lot about the back-office operations critical to ensure that healthcare facilities are financially salient and patients treated well. Subscribers can reach out to Sanjeev on LinkedIn to get a PDF copy of his book "Better Healthcare Through Math" for free. Interested in more use cases, best practices for AI adoption, strategy, and ROI? Check out Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1
The Powerful Potential of AI in Agriculture - with Poornima Parameswaran of Trace Genomics
Today's guest is Dr. Poornima Parameswaran, Co-founder & Senior Executive at Trace Genomics, a firm that has raised nearly $25M to attack the space of soil science and the value of soil. Today, Dr. Parameswaran explains how AI is being used to extract data from the soil, why that matters for farmers and anyone who cares for the environment, what that might be leading to predicting crop yields, and more effective use of fertilizers and pesticides. Interested in more interesting AI use cases? Subscribe to our newsletter at: emerj.com
How Retailers can Get Started with Personalization - Debjani Deb of ZineOne
Today's guest is Debjani Deb, CEO of ZineOne, an AI-based personalization firm in the Bay Area, who has raised over $15M and has worked with well-known retail brands such as Men's Warehouse. Debjani speaks to us this week about two topics. One, how she sees the retail world reeling and responding, the changes that are happening, and the perspective, boots on the ground, in the retail world post-Covid-19. Second, what is the scale of maturity of personalization, where can companies start, and how should they think about first projects for building recommendations and personalization into their experience. She lays out several potential use cases that companies should apply and rules of thumb for shifting and sorting through them. Are you interested in more use cases for AI in Retail? Download our AI in Retail cheat-sheet PDF guide at: emerj.com/ret1
The Development of AI Competence in the Enterprise - with Monte Zweben of Splice Machine
Today's guest is Monte Zweben. Monte started doing AI with NASA in the late 80s, took a company public for nearly $3B at the height of the internet boom of the late 90s, and is now CEO at Splice Machine. This company offers a scalable SQL data platform for modernizing applications. In this episode, Monte speaks to us about some of the mirrored elements of tech's past transitions into AI and what they mean for how AI will start to become the norm in enterprises. He also applies lessons learned from his previous business transitions into what leaders can do to better prepare for this next wave of AI. Do you want to support this show? Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, and let us know what you like about the program! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ai-in-business/id670771965
Changes to the AI in Business Podcast, and Exciting News Ahead - with Daniel Faggella of Emerj Artificial Intelligence Research
In today's short episode, we will be covering some of the recent updates to the show. I will cover what we learned in 2020 from our listeners, bring exciting news on what we aim to focus on, and what insights and skills you will pick up from the show in the coming year. I cover the changes coming in terms of frequency and format, and lastly, some of the fantastic episodes we have coming up. Do you want to support this show? Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, and let us know what you like about the program! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ai-in-business/id670771965
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Incredibly informative from a data strategy perspective!
This podcast it so well done! And, as a data strategist myself, I’m a bit obsessed with how well Daniel (and guests) manage to balance clear business objectives with extremely effective data product / project management. The discussion aren’t too techie, nor are they too glossy / salesy. Excellent podcast!
AI in Business podcast is superb
The AI in Business podcast is a great combination of outside corporate AI leadership expertise and fast growing AI startup input the provides a market perspective on the space unmatched by any other AI research firm. Dan Faggella does an incredibly artful job of balancing the business use case and ROI proof points with the relevant tech that supports them. Well done on all fronts, Dan!
I’ve been listening to the show for several years. The AI in Business focus is great since so many companies are still in the discovery phase of AI or just stuck in Excel. The show always delivers solid content. ~ Matt