Sri Lanka Association for Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM), strongly believing that Sri Lanka has the potential to leverage the full benefit of AI technology to create jobs and to improve growth prospects of local businesses, recently held a webinar titled “Beyond Data Analytics: An executive’s guide to AI for business”.
The webinar discussed how to generate vastly superior business outcomes using full-scale artificial intelligence and provided a toolkit for executives to identify the benefits of artificial intelligence for their companies and operationalize it in a responsible way.
The Keynote speaker for the webinar Mr.Phil de Silva, was a seasoned professional in the field who counted over 15 years’ experience in IT and SaaS industries with a varied background in digital transformation, data engineering, cloud computing, networks, security, automation and DevOps.
Having architected, planned and delivered data analytics and digital platforms at successful start-ups, financial services, banking and large enterprises across Asia Pacific, North America and Europe, Phil has worked with the likes of KPMG and Aconex and holds degrees in Network Computing from Monash and Swinburne Universities and multiple industry certifications in Security, Azure, AWS and GCP.
Helping to make the shift :Stating that to ensure the adoption of AI, companies need to educate from the top leaders down, Phil outlined to the participants a practical set of tools to empower them when overseeing and operationalizing artificial intelligence and an understanding about determining where to invest, what AI initiatives are most feasible, what training should be offered to staff and more. He also showcased how companies can establish their core AI assets and capabilities, such as common analytics tools, data processes and delivery methodologies.
Phil further explained that as AI tools spread throughout the organization, those closest to the action become increasingly able to make decisions, encouraging even bigger thinking. He said that companies which excel at implementing AI throughout the organization will find themselves at a great advantage in a world where humans and machines work together to overcome market challenges.
As an industry enabler that has continuously proven its ability to help, develop and guide local businesses on new age technologies, SLASSCOM has created yet another industry benchmark through the learning’s presented in this webinar. With a participation of over 180, the webinar was partnered by Dialog as the corporate sponsor of the event and by IIT as it’s Knowledge partner.