Automating Strategic Enterprises Roles & Functions



Enterprise organizations have a range of core business operations able to utilize AI technologies, however, this one-size-fits-all functionality can be a non-starter for some industries. Whether due to regulation, government oversight compliance, or unique requirements, these vertical markets may appear to be laggard adopters. Hear how these companies can innovate using intelligent solutions for sales, marketing, finance, engineering, HR, customer service, change management, corporate governance, and more.

Friday, October 25

7:45 am Registration Opens

8:00 Continental Breakfast

8:50 – 12:45 pm Keynote Session

12:45 Networking, Coffee & Dessert in the Expo – Last Chance for Viewing

1:45 Opening Remarks

North_Rizza_MickeyMickey North Rizza, Program Vice President, Enterprise Applications and Digital Commerce, IDC


1:50 AI Executive to be Announced

2:15 AI for Strategic Enterprise Functions: A Market Overview

Mickey North Rizza, Program Vice President, Enterprise Applications and Digital Commerce, IDC

2:40 Applied AI in Multiple Phases of the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Sector

Hiriyur_BadriBadri Hiriyur, PhD, Director of AI, Thornton Tomasetti

While the AEC industry is one of the largest in terms of the number of people employed and financial impact, it is also one of the least efficient in terms of long-term productivity growth. In this talk, we present some of the ways in which AI- and machine learning-powered systems are being employed to change this situation and bring about vast efficiency improvements in many AEC workflows and processes.

3:10 Networking Break

3:25 PANEL: Augmenting Human Intelligence for the Future of Work

The automation of jobs is creating anxiety; however, change is primarily occurring around procedural work tasks that humans don’t like doing. For knowledge work, augmenting human intelligence enables workers to focus on complex, subjective, and creative work with faster time to insights. The shift places greater emphasis on soft skills, such as critical thinking, cognitive flexibility, emotional intelligence, and lifelong learning. By expanding human perception, the workforce is prepared for the future of work; a competitive imperative that changes the way industries operate and businesses compete.

Ardire_SteveModerator: Steve Ardire, Startup Advisor and “Merchant of Light”


Dai_ByranPanelist: Bryan Dai, CEO, Daivergent


Monfort_Norbertv2Norbert Monfort, Vice President, IT Transformation and Innovation, Assurant 


Yamshikov_IvanIvan Yamshikov, AI Evangelist, ABBYY 


4:05 Building a Team That Lasts: How to Build an AI Team for the Future

Jenkins_AdamAdam Jenkins, PhD, Associate Director of Global Data Science, Biogen, Inc.

One of the most underestimated difficulties in the creation and implementation of AI is the development of a team structure that allows for ideas and intelligence to flow pervasively to all. From hiring the right people to keeping those employees who are valuable to your team, difficulties exist in all facets as the market for these skills is ever-expanding. This talk discusses tactics for hiring, retention, team cohesiveness, and long-term viability of an ML team in the real-world enterprise.

4:25 The Nature of Work is Changing with Artificial Intelligence

Gownder_JPJ.P. Gownder, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Forrester

Companies spend a lot of money, time, and effort on choosing the right AI technology and vendor. While important, these elements of an AI project aren’t typically the factors that determine success. Instead, it’s fundamentals about your firm – your people, leaders, and organizational structures – that will lead to success or failure. This session helps leaders address these fundamentals and prepare for a future where the nature of work itself is changing.

4:55 Close of AI World 2019