Put AI to work
June 26-27, 2017: Training
June 27-29, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

From ∞ to 8: Translating abstract AI into real numbers for business

Jana Eggers (Nara Logics)
11:05am11:45am Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Implementing AI
Location: Beekman Level: Non-technical
Average rating: ***..
(3.20, 5 ratings)

Prerequisite Knowledge

  • Experience implementing AI systems in a business environment

What you'll learn

  • Understand the importance of business results to AI projects
  • Learn tangible steps to make your AI projects more successful and faster to roll out


Jana Eggers has seen it play out many times over the last three years. A creative team has an idea that’s a great fit for AI. Together this group builds up an idea for how to deploy a new, innovative service to customers or how to improve operations. They implement a prototype, and it looks good. Everyone is excited.

Then comes the production discussion, and the inevitable question of who is going to fund and lead the production rollout. Suddenly, things begin to stall.

Jana shares lessons learned while taking AI from ideas to results-delivering production solutions at various organizations, including Global 500 enterprises, tech companies, and nonprofits, and discusses the top three reasons why this problem happens:

  1. A focus on the technology prototype versus the business impact
  2. Misinterpreting business interest as buy-in
  3. Not understanding the constraints in the soup-to-nuts production impact

Jana then outlines a tested framework you can use to help avoid these problems.

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Jana Eggers

Nara Logics

Jana Eggers is CEO of Nara Logics, a neuroscience-inspired artificial intelligence company providing a platform for recommendations and decision support. A math and computer nerd who took the business path, Jana has had a career that’s taken her from a three-person business to fifty-thousand-plus-person enterprises. She opened the European logistics software offices as part of American Airlines, dove into the internet in ’96 at Lycos, founded Intuit’s corporate Innovation Lab, helped define mass customization at Spreadshirt, and researched conducting polymers at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her passions are working with teams to define and deliver products customers love, algorithms and their intelligence, and inspiring teams to do more than they thought possible.