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Microsoft starts AI Business School to prepare executives for AI journey

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Microsoft AI Business School

In order to encourage business leaders to lead with confidence in the era of artificial intelligence (AI), Microsoft has opened an AI Business School.

Microsoft’s AI Business School will offer a free online course to companies for making them AI-ready. The leaders will get insightful AI leadership series to learn about AI strategy, culture, responsibility, and technology.

AI is one of the hottest technologies today. Organizations are increasingly using it to solve specific business problems. In fact, a new research by Microsoft about impact of AI on leadership shows that 93% of high-growth companies are expecting to invest in decision-making AI in next three years.

“There is a gap between what people want to do and the reality of what is going on in their organizations today, and the reality of whether their organization is ready,” said Mitra Azizirad, corporate vice president for AI marketing at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.

“Developing a strategy for AI extends beyond the business issues. It goes all the way to the leadership, behaviors and capabilities required to instill an AI-ready culture in your organization.”

Microsoft AI Business School’s course materials will include brief written case studies and guides, lecture videos, as well as perspectives and talks. Even the busiest of business leaders and executives will be able to access these materials in small doses whenever they are in leisure.

There is a series of introductory videos to overview the AI technologies that are driving transformation across industries. But most of the content will focused on managing the impact of AI on company strategy, culture and responsibility.

“This school is a deep dive into how you develop a strategy and identify blockers before they happen in the implementation of AI in your organization,” said Azizirad.

The new AI Business School will complement Microsoft’s other AI learning initiatives including the developer-focused AI School and the Microsoft Professional Program for Artificial Intelligence.

Also read: Microsoft to revamp educational system in North East India with AI and cloud tech

The difference between Microsoft’s other AI initiatives and the AI Business school is that the new initiative is non-technical. It has been designed to get executives ready to lead their organizations on a journey of AI transformation.

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