2018 Executive Round Up – Part 1

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Welcome to insideBIGDATA’s annual Executive Round Up designed to give our readers a sense for what the upcoming year is going to look like with respective to our focus technologies: big data, data science, machine learning, AI and deep learning. Weighing in with their thought-leadership predictions are some of the industry’s biggest players. We’re honored to pass along these comments to our valued audience.

In this article, Part 1 of the series, we’ll take a look at how AI and machine learning will continue to make significant strides, and also turn the corner toward mainstream acceptance in the enterprise. Admittedly, with any breakthrough technology comes hype. As the arrival of functional and useful AI is something that has been predicted for a very long time, it’s hardly surprising people want to talk about it, now it’s here.

All the indicators show that investment into the development and integration of AI and machine learning technology is continuing to increase at scale. Additionally, results are starting to appear beyond computers learning to beat humans at board games and TV game shows. I expect 2018 to provide a continuous stream of incremental steps forward, as machine learning and neural network technology takes on more routine tasks.

Daniel D. Gutierrez, Managing Editor and Resident Data Scientist – insideBIGDATA.com


insideBIGDATA: Some recent surveys indicate that 2018 will be the year that machine learning is set to go mainstream. What is your take on this point of view?

Pankaj Goyal, VP, AI Business & Data Center Strategy, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Yes – in the consumer technology world. In the enterprise world, it is still early days. The techniques and tools are fast maturing, thus lowering the barriers of adoption. But the next step of translating computer science to business ROI is still in early stages. Enterprises are seeing early success in some use cases. I expect more customers to start experimentation and a few of them to scale up after early success.


Roy Kim, Director of Product Marketing for FlashBlade, Pure Storage

It’s been said that AI is the new electricity, and as electricity is essential for every industry, so will AI be. Whether AI goes mainstream this year or the next, it’s a matter of when, not if. What we do know is that there are still big gaps that the industry needs to address, such as lack of data scientists, need for simpler tools to manage data, and so on.


John (“Jay”) Boisseau, Ph.D., HPC & AI Technology Strategist, Dell EMC

Absolutely. Our CEO, Michael Dell believes that AI is a new revolution in IT capabilities including making IoT a realityour CTO John Roese has shared his 2018 predictions which will be in large part enabled by AI and machine learning. We are currently working on new machine learning and deep learning solutions that we’ve announced will be delivered this year specifically to accelerate this mainstream adoption. You’re about to start hearing a lot more from Dell EMC, and Dell Technologies, in AI–in weeks, and throughout the rest of 2018.


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