14–17 Oct 2019

For AI to thrive, failure is necessary: A practical guide (sponsored by IBM Watson)

11:0511:45 Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Location: Park Suite

Across industries, AI is viewed as the key to transforming organizations and fundamentally changing the way people work. However, adoption of AI has been slow, and there is a misconception that if you aren’t immediately successful, then your AI strategy doesn’t work. However, the truth is, in order for AI to thrive within an organization, it first needs to fail. Failure allows organizations to rethink and rework how they approach data, processes, and culture.

Ritika Gunnar explores why you need to focus on your organization’s culture and build a data-first approach to shape a strong, AI-ready organization.

This session is sponsored by IBM Watson.

What you'll learn

  • Discover why failure is essential to create an AI-ready organization
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Ritika Gunnar


Ritika Gunnar is the vice president of data and AI expert services and learning at IBM. She and her team work with clients on their transformation journey through a data- and AI-first methodology and help implement data and AI solutions using deep knowledge-based skills to accelerate the adoption of data and AI enterprise capabilities. Previously, Ritika was the vice president of offerings for IBM Watson, where she was responsible for all of Watson’s Data and AI portfolio, defining the portfolio strategy, execution of product offerings, and driving business results; she was vice president of IBM’s worldwide cloud and cognitive GTM organization, drove IBM’s mission to apply deep cloud, data, and AI expertise to its clients’ most-pressing needs; she was the vice president of IBM’s data and analytics business, where she was responsible for the setting the strategy and execution of IBM’s data platform, data science, and analytics practices; she led and managed IBM’s master data management and information integration and governance business and IBM’s data warehousing and analytics business; she joined IBM as a software engineer in 1999. Ritika holds a bachelor’s of science in computer science and an executive master’s in business from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently resides in New York.

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