These event proceedings were presented at the IDC Directions conferences in Santa Clara and Boston in February and March 2018.
AI is hard! Is your company building a digital assistant, incorporating image or audio analytics into an application, or developing an intelligent recommendation engine? IDC research shows that an ever-expanding number of vendors are doing so already. The road to AI-enabled solutions is paved with good intentions but littered with roadblocks such as incomplete cognitive/AI software platforms, difficult-to-use open source components, and a lack of staff with relevant expertise. In this session, IDC's lead cognitive/AI solutions analyst, David Schubmehl, examines end-user and vendor AI requirements that span over a dozen functional technology categories. Schubmehl draws on lessons from organizations at various stages of adopting open source and commercial AI technology. Recommendations from this session will help your company develop a framework for assessing whether and when to build, buy, or partner for AI capabilities.