The world is undergoing an unprecedented digital shift in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the economic shock may be widespread, enterprises that best position themselves to satisfy emerging demands will fare the best.
Increasingly, digital success depends on AI—in the form of intelligent chatbots and recommender systems, more flexible and efficient supply chains and distribution networks, enhanced product designs, and much more. No enterprise can afford to overlook the potential benefits.
And yet, IDC reports that a significant percentage of enterprise AI projects fail, and AI technology is not performing as expected. Lack of skilled staff and unrealistic expectations rank among the top reasons for this failure1.
To help enterprises increase AI success, both NetApp and NVIDIA promote the idea of an AI Center of Excellence, an IT-led AI infrastructure platform accessible across the company that brings together people, processes, and technology. By centralizing talent and democratizing AI technology access, this approach enables your teams to iterate faster, automate reproducibility, and deliver AI projects up to three months sooner with higher quality. In this blog, I want to explain how to think about and plan an AI Center of Excellence for your company.
Santosh Rao is a Senior Technical Director and leads the AI & Data Engineering Full Stack Platform at NetApp. In this role, he is responsible for the technology architecture, execution and overall NetApp AI business. Santosh previously led the Data ONTAP technology innovation agenda for workloads and solutions ranging from NoSQL, big data, virtualization, enterprise apps and other 2nd and 3rd platform workloads. He has held a number of roles within NetApp and led the original ground up development of clustered ONTAP SAN for NetApp as well as a number of follow-on ONTAP SAN products for data migration, mobility, protection, virtualization, SLO management, app integration and all-flash SAN. Prior to joining NetApp, Santosh was a Master Technologist for HP and led the development of a number of storage and operating system technologies for HP, including development of their early generation products for a variety of storage and OS technologies.