Microsoft launches online business school to teach executives the basics of AI

An AI business school that teaches executives how to use artificial intelligence technology to improve their company has been launched by Microsoft.

The free, online AI Business School will be the first in the world to help bosses learn about the technology behind AI, how to use it throughout their organisation, prepare their staff for its adoption and ensure it is used responsibly.

Lectures and videos lasting up to 10 proceedings, which can be accessed on-demand, will feature insights from senior Microsoft staff including Chief fiscal Officer Amy Hood, Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela and Executive Vice-President Jean-Phillipe Courtois.

Ian Fordham, Chief Learning and Skills Officer at Microsoft UK, aforesaid: “According to our own research, half of all UK organisations think their business model will be discontinuous by AI inside the next five years, yet only 20% of organisations are developing the skills of their staff to harness the potential of this technology to transform their working practices. This inevitably to change. United Kingdom has an unbelievable chance to become a leader in AI but to accomplish this we must ensure people acquire the necessary skills that will change current and future businesses to thrive and prosper in this new AI-empowered world.

“That’s why Microsoft, in partnership with global business school INSEAD, is launching the AI Business School to help organisations from start-ups to SMEs to large corporations think about the role AI can play inside their business strategies; how to build a digital and AI culture; developing and navigating responsible and ethical AI; and upskilling on the technology that sits behind artificial intelligence.”

The course will be comprised of 10 case studies, five academic lectures, five practical guides, 15 executive perspective videos and seven technology negotiation, and new content will be added as AI technology evolves. No registration is required, and content can be accessed via mobile inclination or desktop PCs.

The AI Business School will focus on four areas:

  • Strategy – Participants will learn to think strategically about the role of AI in their organisation, with lectures from prof Peter Zemsky at INSEAD; Gary Cantrell, Chief Information Officer at manufacturing firm Jabil; and Chema Alonso, Chief Digital Officer at Telefonica. Those taking part will besides look at case studies in manufacturing, health care, retail and fiscal employment
  • Culture – Business leadership will learn from Microsoft executives about how to create an AI-ready culture, led by Mitra Azizirad, a Corporate Vice-President at Microsoft. extra speakers will reflect on the boffo implementations of AI in applicable scenarios crosswise their lines of business. The module will finish with a discussion on how to implement solutions
  • Responsible AI – In this module, business leadership will be provided with guidelines to help them develop principles and a governance model in their organisations, as well as resources, best practices and tools to create responsible AI
  • Technology – Participants will be given an summary of AI and the technologies behind it. The course will then look at how Microsoft is turning the latest advancements in AI into tools, products and employment that can be used by organisations.
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The course will look at how Microsoft is turning the latest advancements in AI into tools, products and employment

The AI Business School complements other AI learning initiatives by Microsoft, including the developer-focused AI School and the Microsoft Professional Program for Artificial Intelligence, which provides job-ready skills and real-world experience to engineers and others looking to improve their skills in AI and information science. Unlike these other initiatives, AI Business School is non-technical and designed to get executives ready to transform their organisation with AI.

RBS aforesaid Microsoft had helped it develop its own AI strategy. “The depth of Microsoft’s expertness and experience in developing an enterprise approach to artificial intelligence really comes crosswise in this material,” a interpreter aforesaid. “It should prove priceless for any organisation looking to leverage the value of AI in its business and has helped RBS in furthering our own AI agenda.”

Edmund Monk, Chief Executive of the Learning and Performance Institute – the leading membership body for learning professionals – aforesaid: “Microsoft’s AI Business School is an innovative and ground-breaking programme for learning and development professionals. Artificial Intelligence is transforming the work and forward-thinking organisations not yet know that the combination of unambiguously human attributes so much as creativeness, complex problem resolution and critical thinking, assisted by the sheer procedure power of machines, is the new entrance to performance.

“Having Microsoft’s AI Business School available to everyone to build their skills is a immense step forward. Learning professionals who undertake this programme will be divine, confident and armed with specific, practical cognition to be able to define and implement transformational AI strategies in their organisations.”

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