The AI in Business Podcast is for non-technical business leaders who need to find AI opportunities, align AI capabilities with strategy, and deliver ROI.
Each week, Emerj Artificial Intelligence Research CEO Daniel Faggella interviews top AI executives from Fortune 500 firms and unicorn startups - to uncover trends, use-cases, and best practices for practical AI adoption.
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[AI Strategy] Five Elements of an Enterprise AI Strategy - with Richard Benjamins of Telefónica
Today’s episode is the fifth and final part of our series on building an enterprise AI strategy. Our guest is Richard Benjamins, Chief AI & Data Strategist at Telefónica and author of “Data-Driven Company.” Telefónica is a $40B firm and one of the largest in the telco space in the EU. In this episode, Richard emphasizes the importance of how we collect and handle data at an enterprise level in a way that enables us to support strategy-building. He also shares his opinion on including ethics and governance as part of the strategy-building process and discusses using smaller projects to construct bigger-picture momentum to finalize a strategy. If your company is getting started with AI, download our free guide, “Beginning with AI: 3 Critical Insights for Non-Technical Executives,” at emerj.com/beg1 to learn more about the practical steps for initial AI adoption.
[AI Strategy] Strategy Determines What You Don't Do - with Adam Bonnifield of Konux
Today is episode four of five in our series, where we’re focusing on enterprise AI strategy. Our guest today is Adam Bonnifield. Adam is the CEO of Konux, an AI firm based in Germany. One of the key takeaways Adam emphasizes in this episode is that strategy is as much about what you’re not going to do as what you are going to do. He frames the processing of brainstorming about strategy and identifying opportunities in a way that focuses on the things that truly matter. Another critical point Adam makes is the benefit of addressing your enterprise’s existing problems rather than a novel application when it comes to strategy. Adam describes what this looked like within Airbus with lessons that are transferable to any other enterprise. Finally, we discuss the Trinity Model for AI ROI, a tool within Emerj Plus. To learn more about Emerj’s frameworks for AI readiness, ROI and strategy, visit emerj.com/p1.
[AI Strategy] Strategy Means Keeping the End User in Mind - with Sankar Narayanan of Fractal Analytics
Today we dive back into our series on AI strategy and have two more days of episodes coming this week. Today’s guest is Sankar Narayanan, Chief Practice Officer at Fractal. Fractal is a unicorn company working on AI-related projects across industries and is well-known for its work in CPG and several other sectors. In this episode, Sankar explores three critical topics in great depth: finding the correct problems, having a long-term mindset, and building with the user in mind. In particular, being able to consider a less successful project and work backward to create a new process with a much larger likelihood of a user taking it, running with it, and converting it into ROI is one of the most salient points for this interview. He also emphasizes that it’s not about whether the algorithm works or we have the data but whether someone will use it. To access Emerj’s frameworks for ROI, strategy, and more, visit Emerj Plus: emerj.com/p1.
Unlocking the Predictive Value of ERP Data - with Anand Mahurkar of Findability Sciences
Today’s guest is Anand Mahurkar, CEO and Founder of Findability Sciences. Based in Boston, Findability Sciences has done a lot of work in the ERP space across different sectors. In this episode, Anand discusses some of the challenges of data access and multiple use-cases for how current ERP data can provide predictive value for estimating demand and customizing prices for different products. Anand also unpacks the importance of ERP and where it’s going in the future. This episode is brought to you by Findability Sciences. If you’re interested in learning more about reaching Emerj’s global audience through our podcast, email, and more, visit emerj.com/ad1.
[AI Strategy] Approaching Strategy Top-Down and Bottom-Up - with Bret Greenstein, Partner at PwC
This is episode two of five in our series on AI strategy, and today, our guest is Bret Greenstein, Partner at PwC. Bret has worked at many of the largest consulting companies in the world, and he now leads AI efforts at PwC. This special series focuses on building an enterprise AI strategy to align departments and efforts with striving for a long-term and near-term ROI. One of the main themes Bret discusses in this episode is the importance of executive fluency for assessing and building skills. Brett also gives his perspective on balancing a variety of small, disjointed AI projects distinct from business operations and connecting them so that strategy can come to life. Visit emerj.com/beg1 to learn more about the practical steps for AI deployment for non-technical professionals.
[AI Strategy] How Microsoft Leveled Up AI Fluency to Build a Strategy - with David Carmona
This week we are diving into the topic of AI strategy with a new series devoted to exploring how to build an enterprise-wide AI strategy and align company efforts to optimize long-term ROI while still seeing an immediate return with leaders at top companies. To start the series, we welcome back David Carmona. David is the General Manager for Artificial Intelligence and Innovation at Microsoft. In this episode, David speaks about how Microsoft didn’t get its AI strategy quite right initially and what they learned from their approach. The critical takeaway he shares is educating leadership to bring everyone to a level of solid conceptual understanding of AI. He explains how this educational element became a crucial underpinning for how they turned things around and built a strategy that can help inform where they are going as a company. If you’re interested in unlocking our AI best practice guides, frameworks for AI ROI, and more resources, visit emerj.com/p1.
One of the only AI podcasts worth listening too
As an AI consultant, I find Daniel’s podcasts amazing. He always has interesting guests who have practical experience to share. Daniel asks insightful questions and often uncovers new ways of thinking about AI that I had not thought about before.
Thank you Daniel for creating this show. It’s honestly one of the very few worth investing time in.
Entertaining, insightful, and actionable! 🔥
This is one of the most insightful podcasts that I have ever come across! Daniel does such a great job of sharing his wisdom and I love how he leads meaningful conversations with industry experts who bring so much experience to the table. Every. single. episode. is jam-packed with helpful takeaways that will help your business thrive in a new era filled with endless ML and AI possibilities. Highly recommend checking this show out - you won’t be disappointed!
… of thoughts on Eutopian and dystopian futures. We get a lot of great ideas for Gaia’s Seed, set in 2099, from this podcast.