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Make Data Work
29 April–2 May 2019
London, UK
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Building a sales AI platform: Key principles and lessons learned

Moty Fania (Intel)
11:1511:55 Wednesday, 1 May 2019
Data Engineering and Architecture
Location: Capital Suite 8/9
Average rating: ***..
(3.83, 6 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Developers, architects, and data scientists



What you'll learn

  • Explore a sales AI platform built by the advanced analytics team at Intel IT to support the full cycle of sales


In today’s sales and marketing landscape, knowing your customer is everything. Traditionally, this would be achieved by dedicated sales agents covering accounts that they know very well. However, account coverage complexity grows since agents can’t transform the vast quantities of data about their accounts into trusted insights in a timely manner. Moreover, there will never be enough salespeople to cover hundreds of thousands accounts.

Moty Fania shares his experience implementing a sales AI platform built by the advanced analytics team at Intel IT to support the full cycle of sales. It continuously extracts and interprets massive amounts of internal and external public data and applies AI reasoning for taking the relevant actions. By imitating humans’ reasoning capabilities and decisions, AI technology helps processing extensive, disparate data sources and converts them into actions or actionable insights for salespeople. This may allow effective coverage of a much larger number of accounts and to gradually provide autonomous coverage by automating end-to-end sales services and actions.

To enable all of this at scale, the platform is based on a streaming microservices architecture with a message bus backbone. It employs cutting edge open source technologies such as RAY, Snorkel, TensorFlow, TensorFlow Serving, and Python Kafka streams and was optimized to be easily deployed with Docker and Kubernetes. The platform supports different kinds of data and knowledge representations including knowledge graph, search, and more. In addition, it enables online deep learning inference at scale for natural language understanding and recommender engines. The platform and related advanced analytic capabilities have increased Intel’s revenue by approximately USD$500 million in the past five years.

Topics include:

  • How Intel identified the required set of characteristics and needs for sales AI scenarios and made them available in this platform
  • An overview of the architecture along with related technologies
  • How Intel uses the platform to address sales AI use cases that support end-to-end sales services to accelerate sales
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Moty Fania


Moty Fania is a principal engineer and the CTO of the Advanced Analytics Group at Intel, which delivers AI and big data solutions across Intel. Moty has rich experience in ML engineering, analytics, data warehousing, and decision-support solutions. He led the architecture work and development of various AI and big data initiatives such as IoT systems, predictive engines, online inference systems, and more.

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2/05/2019 11:32 BST

Brilliant session with fantastic takeaways on the differentiating technologies that made a difference!