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Executive Briefing: What’s the value of an AI center of excellence (COE)?

Benjamin Wright-Jones (Microsoft), Simon Lidberg (Microsoft)
16:50–17:30 Thursday, 11 October 2018
AI Business Summit
Location: Blenheim Room - Palace Suite
Secondary topics:  AI in the Enterprise

What you'll learn

  • Understand the value of a COE
  • Learn a framework to enable your business to successfully deliver analytics and AI capabilities


As organizations turn to data-driven strategies, there’s been increasing interest in creating AI centers of excellence (COEs). Benjamin Wright-Jones and Simon Lidberg take you through the building blocks of a center of excellence and describe the value for organizations embarking on data-driven strategies. Using real implementation examples from around the globe, Benjamin and Simon share AI center of excellence capability frameworks, challenges, and lessons learned to help you understand and leverage the business capability to drive successful analytical outcomes. Join in to learn how a center of excellence can help you drive successful analytical projects.

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Benjamin Wright-Jones


Benjamin Wright-Jones is a solution architect at the Microsoft WW Services CTO Office for Data and AI, where his team helps enterprise customers solve their analytical challenges. Over his career, Ben has worked on some of the largest and most complex data-centric projects around the globe.

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Simon Lidberg


Simon Lidberg is a solution architect in Microsoft’s Data Insights Center of Excellence. He’s worked with database and data warehousing solutions for almost 20 years in a various of industries, with a more recent focus on analysis, BI, and big data. Simon is the author of Getting Started with SQL Server 2012 Cube Development.

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Benjamin Wright-Jones | ARCHITECT
2/10/2018 10:31 BST

Enio – thank you for the interest. We will address your questions in the session. Kind regards, Ben & Simon.

Enio Perpetuo Junior | IT SPECIALIST
28/09/2018 23:16 BST

Here are some questions on the subject I would like to clarify:

  • what is the ideal size of a CoE and its composition?
  • how to prioritize AI projects?
  • how to estimate the ROI of AI projects?
  • how to plan the budget needed for a CoE?