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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Life-Cycle

IDC's Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Life-Cycle analyzes the tools, technologies, and platforms for building, training, tuning, running, and scaling the end-to-end life cycle for AI/ML solutions from experimentation to production. Across the themes of AI build, MLOps, data labeling, and trustworthy AI, this research program analyzes machine learning data pipelines, ML data platforms, model build platforms, model pipelines, model monitoring, and governance. By providing actionable insights into buyer behavior, this research also helps vendors understand the end-user needs, gain competitive insights, and differentiate themselves in the market.

IDC's research indicates that while AI/ML adoption is on the rise, cost, lack of expertise, and the lack of life-cycle management tools are among the top 3 inhibitors to realizing AI and ML at scale. This research aims at providing recommendations and best practices to end users to overcome these challenges in their journey of AI-enabled digital transformations.


Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Data annotation and labeling services — training data platforms
  • Data pipelines for AI/ML including bias assessment/remediation, feature extraction, and data reuse and drift
  • Automated feature engineering and hyperparameter tuning
  • Advanced machine learning (AML) build platforms
  • Fairness, explainability, adversarial robustness, and transparency tools and algorithms
  • Model orchestration — validation and pipelines
  • Model deployment — scaling
  • Model monitoring
  • ML data and concept drift
  • Dynamic retraining
  • Model optimization
  • Model governance

Core Research

  • Data Pipelines
  • MLOps (Machine Learning operations)
  • Model Pipelines
  • Model Governance
  • Buyer Case Studies
  • AML Software Market Analyses and Predictions
  • AML Build and MLOps Software Forecasts and Vendor Market Shares
  • End-User Surveys

In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.


Key Questions Answered

  1. What are the trends and opportunities for artificial intelligence and machine learning life-cycle management from experimentation to production technology offerings for vendors?
  2. How does MLOps interweave with DevOps?
  3. How do we create a model factory from core to edge to cloud and hybrid/multicloud deployments? How does custom contatiners/frameworks interoperability enable model deployment at scale?
  4. How are vendor offerings in the AI and ML life-cycle management markets differentiated?
  5. What challenges do enterprises face in realizing AI and ML life cycle at scale?

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Meet the Experts
Ritu Jyoti

Group Vice President, Worldwide Artificial Intelligence and Automation Research Practice Global AI Research Lead

Sriram Subramanian

Research Director, AI/ ML Lifecycle Management Software