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How to Scale AI in Your Organization

 How to scale artificial intelligence in your organization

 

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AI is no longer exclusively for digital native companies like Facebook and Amazon who are pioneering in the field. AI is becoming increasingly democratized, meaning it's easier for organizations of all types and sizes to adopt it. By implementing a few key steps, you can start to reap the many benefits of an AI-infused organization. 

To scale AI in your organization:

- Make investment decisions based on your current needs and future projections

- Standardize data ingestion, processing, and identification processes

- Make sure that leadership understands how an AI strategy will impact other stakeholders (i.e., human resources)

Introduction to an Informative Analysis Post: How To Overcome Writer's Block article by Mia Trama published on HBR on June 4th 2015. 

How to Overcome Writer's Block

Any writer will tell you that sometimes the dreaded "writer's block" can strike, leaving us daunted by our own blank page. Usually, those feelings should be left to the imagination. But in this case, let's imagine how you might feel if you were a top-tier Hollywood movie director with an upcoming release. 

You've got a great script (something about a group of interstellar bounty hunters chasing Han Solo and Chewbacca back to the Tatooine system). You've picked an excellent cast (Harrison Ford is returning after all these years, despite his grumblings). The special effects are going to be second to none. And you've even got a marketing campaign that's already humming along. 

And then, my friends, it happened: you started to think about what the movie was actually about. It just seemed so obvious. You make the connection between your script and some classic sci-fi stories: Star Wars, Star Trek, The Matrix — all those "plot twists" of yore are beginning to make sense to you now. And for the first time in years, you feel like there's a light at the end of your proverbial – and literal – tunnel.

You start searching for synonyms for "bulletproof" in Google Translate ("vainqueur", "savoir", "spherically-shaped"). You put together a list of the best weapons to use against intergalactic marauders ("wooden sticks", "garden hoses", "Hoth"). You start thinking about your favorite kind of sandwich, and it's only then that you realize what's happened.

 

You're not blocked – you're just hungry! Head to the kitchen and grab a bite to eat; chances are, your creativity will return shortly thereafter.

 

A Must-Read article from HBR : How Google Became a Hardware Giant blog by Mia Trama published on HBR on May 21st 2015.

 

How Google Became a Hardware Giant

In 2011, the Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC had a hit product on its hands. The aptly titled "One X"—a 4.7-inch smartphone with the (relatively) unusual ability to play high-definition video at 1080p—had sold over 300,000 units in the first month of release, and was making its way up to Apple's iDevices as a potential Android "iPhone killer." According to Annette Zimmermann, HTC's chief marketing officer at the time: "It's going to become a game changer in terms of smartphones."

 

Zimmermann revealed these thoughts publicly at a conference in London that year. But wait, what was HTC's chief marketing officer doing there in the first place? After all, she was hardly a household name in the United States. Indeed, her only U.S.-based connection was a nomination for an "executive of the year" award from Consumer Reports. She had little, if any, expertise or experience in the smartphone business. By all accounts, she should have jumped at the chance to fly home and celebrate with friends and family on Mother's Day.


 

But Zimmermann had other plans in mind. Instead, she decided to stay in London and accept an uncomfortable offer to keynote at a conference sponsored by Nokia, HTC's main competitor. Despite the fact that she still had all of her hair (a key criterion for speaking engagements), the opportunity was too good to pass up. How did HTC's marketing officer, who at this point had never met a venture capitalist or a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, end up in the heart of one of Silicon Valley's most elite firms?

 

Answer : Google

 

A landmark article from HBR: Innovating Women: Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation blog written by Mia Trama published on HBR on May 14th 2015.

 

Innovating Women: Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation

Innovating women is a topic that continues to be highly relevant in today's modern world. One of the biggest barriers to success for many women is the idea that there are few opportunities available for them, or that their skills are somehow "second rate." This article explores how, rather than viewing women as second class techies, companies and start-ups can begin to look at their entire workforce differently – recognizing that the talent and expertise is there if they just think differently.

 

Tools: Choose tools that support creativity, speed, and security. Look at systems that are scalable, so you can grow with them.

The Importance of Networking: The importance and benefits of networking cannot be overstated. You might not know exactly what opportunities will come when you network, or who they will come from, but you can count on them being there. Networking events provide a chance to expand your network, get to know others in the industry, and stay in touch with friends and colleagues. Networking is a key ingredient to building your professional legacy and even better career opportunities. 

Go above and beyond: You are what your reputation says you are. Always remember that people will ask someone they know something about before they ask the person directly involved or their boss. So make sure that you know the answer to what they need to know – and double check with your boss or another coworker if you aren't sure. Also, remember that there's nothing quite so important as a person's reputation. So keep it clean and professional at all times, even if it means you have to "fudge" things.

The Importance of Being a Team Player: There is no one way to be a team player, and every team has different needs. For example, creative projects may require more organization than analytical projects do. However, there are some general rules that all teams follow: keep an open mind to others' opinions, foster curiosity before criticism, and don't be afraid to ask questions. Team players also realize that they are part of a team, not the entire team themselves. 

Be timely with your suggestions: When you have a new idea or other input for others in your group or organization, it's important to offer it in a timely manner. This will allow those involved (or their bosses) to consider your input and either implement it or reject it without undue delay. 

interoperability: The ability of two or more systems to exchange data and thus to use the output from one as input for the other. For example, a business might choose to create an Internet-based interface for its back-end accounting software, even though it hasn't traditionally used the Internet in that way.

 

The Importance of Being Responsible: In order for others to respect you and understand your value to the group, you must accept responsibility for your actions and deliver results. This means meeting deadlines, attending meetings, bringing results back from meetings or presentations and delivering on any promises made. It also means assuming additional tasks as needed. 

Good Communication Skills: Communication is how you build relationships with groups and individuals.

cooperation: A social or economic relationship in which two or more people work together as equals, sharing interests and exchanging contributions.

A "new media" brand that serves as a gateway to the entire world of all things digital. HTC has introduced several innovations over the years including their BlinkFeed, Active Display and watch face features. One of the more notable ones is their original One X that introduced water resistance to a smartphone, though it was not officially approved by Apple's premium smartphone program.

judgment: The process of deciding or evaluating something.

The HTC One X was one of the first smartphones to offer users a breakthrough in both design and functionality. The device's design features are highly appreciated, such as the unibody casing, boombox speaker, unique capacitive buttons (which used to be custom hardware from HTC's Sense UI) and it's Ice Cream Sandwich 2.3 Gingerbread OS that is unique from other Android devices of its time. In addition to these advantages, the One X also boasted a dual-core processor which was very common at the time for high-end devices. The device featured HD video recording and 10X digital zoom capabilities too.

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