Want to learn how to skill up from #BusinessIntelligence to #ArtificialIntelligence? Join me at #Live360 in Florida

I’ll be speaking at Live! 360 Orlando, December 2-7. Surrounded by your fellow industry professionals, Live! 360 provides you with immediately usable training and education that will keep you relevant in the workforce.

SPECIAL OFFER: As a speaker, I can extend $500 savings on the 5-day package. Register here: http://bit.ly/OSPK88Reg

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Workshop: Moving from BI to AI: Artificial Intelligence Skills for Business Intelligence Professionals

Are you interested in reusing your existing BI skillset in order to add Artificial Intelligence to your skillset? Is your organisation interested in applying AI at a practical level? If so, this precon is for you.

In this precon, you will leverage your existing BI skillset to learn Microsoft’s latest AI technologies. You will learn AzureML, using your existing SSIS expertise. You will also learn R and Python, using your knowledge of SQL in SQL Server to get a working knowledge of these languages and their use in AI. You will use your conceptual knowledge of Business Intelligence to learn how to choose the right model for your AI work, and how to identify its value and validity.

Join this session to add AI to your organization’s technical capability, springboarding from skills that you already possess.

Workshop Agenda

Moving from BI to AI: Artificial Intelligence skills for Business Intelligence professionals

9.00am AI for the Enterprise

AI for the Enterprise

What is AI? Terminology that you need to know

Blueprint for AI in the Enterprise

Technology Overview; how do you choose the best tools to provide business value?

 

In this section, we will look at what you need to know to set the scene for AI for the enterprise. There is a very wide range of technologies in the AI space, and this section will introduce the key players and how they compare with one another, along with clear explanations on how they are used best. The session will also propose a blueprint for delivering successful AI projects, from the business perspective.

 

10.00am Get started with AI in Azure

  • Introduction to AzureML
  • Build simple machine learning models with Azure Machine Learning

In this section, you will get hands-on experience in practice building a machine learning model from end-to-end, using AzureML. This is intended to formalize some of the knowledge you have learned so far. In this section, you will ingest data, select a model, train and test a model, and make it production-ready. Then, you can visualize your results in Power BI.

11.30 Selecting your model in AI

An exploration of models in AI

Selecting models in AI

Evaluating models in AI

In this section, we will cover AI models in detail. We will look at the models themselves, their differences and similarities, and how to choose between the models. We will also look at ways of evaluating models.

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch

1.30 Working with Microsoft ML Server and R

  • Fundamentals of R
  • Microsoft ML Server
  • Using R with Microsoft ML Server

In this section, we will cover the fundamentals of R, and how we can use it to create robust, production models using Microsoft ML Server. R is a first class citizen in Microsoft’s Data Platform offerings, and it touches other technologies, such as AzureML, SQL Server and Power BI. We will cover its use in Microsoft Machine Learning Server to help provision a flexible enterprise platform for analyzing data at scale, building intelligent apps, and discovering valuable insights across your business. Machine Learning Server meets the needs of all constituents of the process – from data engineers and data scientists to line-of-business programmers and IT professionals. It offers a choice of languages and features algorithmic innovation that brings the best of open-source and proprietary worlds together.

2.45 Break

3.00 Python Data Science Notebook and Labs

Python is an important skill in analysing data, data science and artificial intelligence. In the final segment, you will learn about Python, how to use it, and how to use Notebooks to work with your code.

5.00 Wrap up and QA

Get Hygge with it – Your 5 Step Guide to #ESPC18

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I’m excited to be presenting at the European Sharepoint, Office365 and Azure Conference in Copenhagen on 26th – 29th November. The conference has great content delivered by Microsoft MVPs, Regional Directors and Microsoft team members. It’s a great place to get all of your Microsoft content and news to help you with your current technical estates, as well as plan for the future. I’d recommend attending since it is THE European conference for these topics and there are thousands of attendees going along to learn, so why aren’t you?

BOOK YOUR TICKET today and use coupon code ESPC18SPK to receive a €100 discount.

I’m delighted to be giving the Artificial Intelligence keynote: Artificial Intelligence: Winning the Red Queen’s Race.

To help you to navigate the conference, here’s a set of handy tips. I hope to see you there!

PLAN Your Sessions

Explore the ESPC18 SCHEDULE to identify what sessions you’d like to attend. Create your own schedule suited to you. If you are travelling with colleagues, divide and conquer by  attending different sessions. Afterwards swap notes to increase your learning.
Don’t have time to delve through our 120+ conference schedule? We have created dedicated pages to save you time. Check out the ESPC conference schedule based on IT PRODEVBDMAZURE or MICROSOFT SESSIONS.

CONNECT with Your Peers

Join the ESPC18 App (Login details announced in the coming weeks) & follow the hashtag #ESPC18 to find out whose attending. Why not make your presence known by sending out a tweet introducing yourself. Arrange to meet new individuals at ESPC – you never know what you might discover! Helpful tip: Carry some business cards with you to share with the new people you meet.

LEARN, Learn, Learn

Before arriving at ESPC, take some time to identify what questions you want answered. Prepare them advance to ask during a session Q&A. Why not take a break from sessions and advance your skills at the ESPC labs or check out the Ask the Experts session. Remember, it’s good practice to note three important key takeaways from each session.

Have Fun

With 2,000 delegates expected to attend, ESPC offers a host of exciting day and night experiences. Check out the WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY LUNCH, a jam packed EXPO HALL or challenge other delegates and the ESPC team to some fun games in the Community Area.
Not enough? Be sure to join the EXPO drinks on Tuesday evening or enjoy a magical night at the sell-out ESPC18 PARTY: A NIGHT AT THE CIRCUS.

SHARE with your Team

Schedule a meeting post conference to share your key learnings with your fellow co-workers. Impress colleagues with your advanced knowledge while maximizing value for your company. Share your inspiration and make plans to implement what you learned.

Still undecided about attending The leading European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference? Visit 10 REASONS TO ATTEND ESPC18 to see why you need to be there.

BOOK YOUR TICKET today and use coupon code ESPC18SPK to receive a €100 discount.

Microsoft Ignite interview with Executive Team on #ArtificialIntelligence, #Data, #OpenSource and #Cloud

There were a number of announcements across Azure Data + AI at Microsoft Ignite, and Im delighted to say that I had the opportunity to interview Rohan Kumar, Corporate Vice President, Azure Data at Microsoft, and Eric Boyd, Corporate Vice President, AI at Microsoft.

In the interview, Rohan Kumar and Eric Boyd give their opinions and thoughts to myself and Cathrine Wilhelmsen on the big picture across Data & AI.  I was super excited since it was the first time that these Microsoft executives had been interviewed together and I was particularly interested to see how Rohan and Eric cross-reference each other’s areas. It’s clear that they are working in orchestration as a team, and I’m glad to see that because I do see that data and Artificial Intelligence impact one another so much.

Rohan and Eric talk about the announcements that excited them both, and there was also a good discussion on the role of Open Source at Microsoft, and what role it plays in Microsoft’s Data and Artificial Intelligence story.

There was a great discussion on Eric and Rohan’s thoughts on its role in making insights, Artificial Intelligence and insight-driven analysis real for organizations. Every organization on the planet has got data, and Microsoft are carving a path for the organizations that want to make use of it.

I’m personally interested in Amara’s Law, which states that “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.” So I was interested in Rohan and Eric’s perspectives on what aspects of AI are real versus hype. What is Microsoft doing to make AI real and actionable for customers?

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We wrapped up with a great conversation on the Microsoft and Facebook collaboration?, which I personally find interesting.

It was  real life-achievement for me to participate in the Microsoft Ignite Community Reporter team, and it was a real achievement for me to interview the Microsoft Executives. I’d like to thank Rohan Kumar and Eric Boyd for their time and for sharing their wisdom and insights.

I was also glad to be on board with Cathrine Wilhelmsen. Cathrine was a wonderful friend and support throughout the week and she’s not just an expert in her domain, but she’s a very giving person in terms of her friendship and support. So the interview holds special meaning for me since I was glad to have the opportunity to work with her.

What I’m doing this week at #MSIgnite

I’m delighted to say that I’m doing the Community Reporter role for Microsoft Ignite. This means I get to interview the Microsoft Executive Team, such as Amir Netz, James Phillips and Joseph Sirosh. I have complete stars in my eyes! I don’t often get the chance to speak with them so I’m delighted to get to do that. Also, they are very interesting and they have a lot to say on topics I’m passionate about, so make sure and tune in for those. I’ll release more details about times and how you can watch as soon as I can.

What does a Community Reporter do? During Microsoft Ignite, the Community Reporters will be your go-to’s for live event updates. If you aren’t attending the conference this year, these reporters will be a great way to see what’s happening on-the-ground in Orlando. Check out my content on my blog here and on Twitter and LinkedIn follow me on social to stay up-to-date on all things Microsoft Ignite!

I’d also like to meet some of you so when I get the chance, I’ll tweet out to see if any introverted people fancy sitting at a table with me for breakfast or lunch to talk about all things data.

I am also speaking at Ignite so here are the details:

When? Thursday, September 27 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Where? Room W330 West 2 

Artificial intelligence is popularized in fictional films, but the reality is that AI is becoming a part of our daily lives, with virtual assistants like Cortana using the technology to empower productivity and make search easier. What does this mean for organizations that are running the Red Queen’s race not just to win, but to survive in a world where AI is becoming the present and future of technology? How can organizations evolve, adapt, and succeed using AI to stay at the forefront of the competition? What are the potential issues, complications, and benefits that AI could bring to us and our organizations? In this session, we discuss the relevance of AI to organizations, along with the path to success.

 

Microsoft Power BI, Microsoft R and SQL Server are being used to help tackle homelessness in London by providing actionable insights to improve the prevention of homelessness as well as the processes in place to help victims. Join this session to see how Microsoft technologies are helping a data science department to make a difference to the lives of families, by revealing insights into the contributors of homelessness in families in London and the surrounding area. Join this session to understand more about finding stories in data. The case study also demonstrates the practicalities of using Microsoft technologies to help some of the UK’s most vulnerable people using data science for social good.

When? Thursday, September 27 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Where? OCCC W222

For people who want to build careers and manage teams, it is crucial to understand diversity and how it impacts your organization. Increasing the role of women in technology has a direct impact on the women working in hi-tech, but the effects can go far beyond that. How do female tech workers influence innovation and product development? How do men benefit from having more women working in technology? Can the presence of women in tech affect a company’s profit? Join a lively discussion on diversity, and hear proactive steps that individuals and companies can take in order to make diversity and inclusion part of the organizational DNA.

One last thing!

Remember to download the Microsoft Ignite app to have your information handy on-the-go!

See you there!

 

 

Artificial Intelligence Mentoring with Teens in AI

After listening to Satya Nadella’s BUILD keynote this year, I was inspired to do even more with my background in Artificial Intelligence. As a Microsoft Regional Director, I relish in sharing in the positive and forward-looking vision that Microsoft gives because I do think that they are changing the future in many ways.  If you want to see the highlights of Nadella’s keynote, head over to YouTube here for the official Microsoft YouTube channel.

What is Teens In AI? It’s close to my heart because it combines my two loves: technology and diversity. The objective is to increase diversity and inclusion in artificial intelligence.
Teens in AI aims to democratise AI and create pipelines for underrepresented talent through a combination of expert mentoring, talks, workshops, hackathons, accelerators, company tours and networking opportunities that give young people aged 12-18 early exposure to AI for social good. The vision is for AI to be developed by a diverse group of thinkers and doers advancing AI for humanity’s benefit. So…..

I’m excited to be an Artificial Intelligence mentor at @TeensInAI’s Artificial Intelligence Bootcamp & Hackathon.  For more information, visit the Teens in AI website.

There are still places left at the #Hackathon with code ACORNFSM free for kids on free school meals and ACORN80@ gives 80% off – come learn about AI with top industry mentors @MSFTReactor 2-3 June.

I hope to see you there!

PASS Marathon: Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace with Microsoft CNTK, Tensorflow and CaffeOnSpark

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PASS Marathon: Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace registration is now open! Jioin myself and other experts by registering today for FREE access to back-to-back webinar sessions: http://www.pass.org/marathon/2018/ai/Registration.aspx

My topic is on Deep Learning, which is a specific subset of Artificial Intelligence. Here is the abstract:

Deep Learning in Microsoft Azure: CNTK, CaffeOnSpark and Tensorflow

What is Microsoft’s approach to Deep Learning, and how does it differ from Open Source alternatives? In this session, we will look at Deep Learning, and how it can be implemented in Microsoft and Azure technologies with the Cognitive Toolkit, Tensorflow in Azure and CaffeOnSpark on AzureHDInsight. Join this session in order to understand deep learning better, and how we can use it to provide business and technical benefits in our organizations.

Join me on May 31st!

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Microsoft Build Day 1 Keynote Summary: What does it mean for Artificial Intelligence, old and new?

This is the most exciting Microsoft Build for me, ever, for two reasons. Firstly, this is my first Microsoft Build as a Microsoft Regional Director and it is giving me new opportunities to see how developers are empowered to have one of the most impactful jobs in the environment. Secondly, this edition of Microsoft Build is all about Artificial Intelligence for me. I never thought that my decision to do postgraduate work in AI, two decades ago, would still be my passion twenty years on. Now, it seems that the world is catching up with AI again and this time, it’s not going to disappear from organizational radars.

“The focus of innovations and investments need to shift from slogging innovations like phone and, drone type innovations to solve real problems that are killing the inhabitants of the planet.” ― Saurabh Gupta, Earth5R

Following on from Gupta’s quote, I disagree with this emphasis. Used wisely, I think drones can have a good benefit. In natural and manmade environmental disasters, drones can be positioned to survey damage, locate stranded and injured victims, and assess ongoing threats. This means that we don’t risk the safety of rescue teams and first-responders. Drones can help with tactical surveillance and suspect tracking; if they are helping you or your family members, you may well be grateful for them. I can see AI and IoT used for good, here.

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I’m excited by two main things that Microsoft are doing: AI on IoT Edge, and the Open Sourcing of IoT Edge Runtime.

Cognitive Services support on IoT Edge so that you can build apps that leverage Artificial Intelligence algorithms on your IoT devices. It’s more than just hardware, though: it means you can help your devices to listen, see, speak and even interpret their environments. This includes drones but could include other things, such as industrial devices. Microsoft is providing you with Azure Machine Learning packages which allow developers to develop with devices to give you vision, text and forecasting. I think developers will be hugely empowered to do great things with Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things technology. Microsoft are going in the right direction with Azure AI and IoT, and I think we can see AI for good, with Azure as an engine to move the world forward.

Having worked with computer vision 20 years ago, I’m excited how Microsoft are making Artificial Intelligence easy and accessible.

I think developers will be genuinely excited about developing with devices such as drones. Who wouldn’t? Custom Vision is the first Azure Cognitive Service to support edge deployment, with more coming to Azure IoT Edge over the next several months.

I worked with computer vision very early in my AI career, in a project where we looked for edges, blobs and convolution were part of my everyday vocabularly; the Laplacian of Gaussian, anyone? Twenty years ago, computer vision was extremely tough to do, and I looked at doing it 20 years ago when it was AI was considered as a route to recognise objects, particularly faces e.g. identifying shoplifters as they entered a shop. Now, Microsoft are taking it further so you could recognize things, and then take actions when something is recognized. How amazing is that?

I’ll be honest; two decades ago, computer vision was horrible and probably one of the hardest programing things that I ever did. I used C# and worked in a Computing Science department where people considered that Emacs was for softies.

I’m in awe that Microsoft are now making Artificial Intelligence so that it is accessible and easy.

What do Microsoft’s announcements mean for developers?

If you’re a graduate, or considering a career, I’d throw myself right at Artificial Intelligence in the cloud. I wish I could life my life again so I could have these opportunities as a young adult.

What does this give you, regardless of your career trajectory? Opportunity. It is a leveller to have the intelligent edge, whatever your size. It is for small organizations, large organizations, students who want to explore. These packages are not full-blown models with simple APIs the way Azure Cognitive Services are. At the other end of the spectrum, they are not raw algorithms, such as those offered in CNTK or TensorFlow. Instead, they are models that can be customized for particular applications; quicker roads to success, and that provides your opportunity to access success more quickly.

With great power, comes great responsibility (and opportunity)

As every Spiderman fan knows, with great power, comes great responsibility. We have to ensure that these technologies are empowering everyone in every industry. It’s about creating and developing trust. As quoted by Satya Nadella, Jonas formulated this imperative inter alia as follows: “Act so that the effects of your action are compatible with the permanence of genuine human life,” or, expressed in negative terms: “Act so that the effects of your action are not destructive for the future possibility of such life.” When we work with technology that offers great opportunity, we have to think about acting with great responsibility.

Great responsibility in the everyday

One example: GDPR is a sound regulation with good intentions at heart. Microsoft have been diligently working with great responsibility in mind, whilst balancing these responsibility with great opportunity. We can ask what computers can do, and what computers should do. I would take this further; we need to ask ourselves what we can do with computers. Let’s hope for good intentions and that these are enabled through ethical AI. We have the opportunity to do great things, to lift humankind forward, and increase communication. I’d personally love to see a situation where Facebook ads and fake news sites are fact-checked as you open the site, so that you can get a real view of the data when you read it. I’d love to see a proactive, artificial intelligence fact-checker that can be put beside Breitbart, for example, so that the facts aren’t as easy to ignore.

Open Sourcing of IoT Edge Runtime

Developers can have more transparency and control for their edge application since they now have the power to modify the runtime. This is a great move since it gives open source developers the opportunity to get involved with IoT Edge, springboarding from their existing expertise.

How does this affect you?

The world is speeding up and it’s not going to stop so you can hop onboard. Get learning, get reading, and join in. Satya Nadella mentioned a few books and authors during his keynote. Why not start there? Even if you don’t code, you don’t need to see the possibilities and opportunities to be the ‘glue’ that holds AI, IT, and the business together. All aboard!

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