Microsoft AI Business School

The role of artificial intelligence (AI) in business is growing exponentially making it imperative for executives to understand where and how to employ AI in their businesses. Microsoft has recently launched two programs to respond to this exciting trend–AI Business School and AI training — a masters online training course for students

AI Business School

Microsoft partnered with global business school INSEAD  launching AI Business School to help organizations from start-ups to SMEs to large corporations think about the role AI can play within their business strategies. 

“There is a gap between what people want to do and the reality of what is going on in their organizations today and the reality of whether their organization is ready,” said Mitra Azizirad, CVP for AI Marketing at Microsoft. “Developing a strategy for AI extends beyond the business issues. It goes all the way to the leadership, behaviors and capabilities required to instill an AI-ready culture in your organization.”

AI Business School will be comprised of 10 case studies, five academic lectures, five practical guides, 15 executive perspective videos and seven technology talks, and new content will be added as AI technology evolves.

The AI Business School will focus on four areas:

Strategy – Participants will learn to think strategically about the role of AI in their organization, with lectures from Professor Peter Zemsky at INSEAD; Gary Cantrell, Chief Information Officer at manufacturing firm Jabil; and Chema Alonso, Chief Digital Officer at Telefonica. Those taking part will also look at case studies in manufacturing, healthcare, retail and financial services.

Culture – Business leaders will learn from Microsoft executives about how to create an AI-ready culture, led by Mitra Azizirad, a Corporate Vice-President at Microsoft. Additional speakers will reflect on the successful implementations of AI in relevant scenarios across their lines of business. The module will finish with a discussion on how to implement solutions.

Responsible AI – In this module, business leaders will be provided with guidelines to help them develop principles and a governance model in their organizations, as well as resources, best practices and tools to create responsible AI

Technology – Participants will be given an overview of AI and the technologies behind it. The course will then look at how Microsoft is turning the latest advancements in AI into tools, products and services that can be used by organizations.

AI training for students

Microsoft partnered with online education leader OpenClassrooms to develop a program to train and prepare students for artificial intelligence (AI) jobs in the workplace. The collaboration is designed to provide more students with access to education to learn in-demand skills and to qualify for high-tech jobs, while giving employers access to great talent to fill high-tech roles.

The masters-level online program combines OpenClassrooms programming with Microsoft content and project-based tasks tailored to the AI roles that employers are aiming to fill. The fully online program is intentionally designed to produce high-quality graduates in large numbers by leveraging OpenClassrooms’ popular platform together with up-to-date content and built-in connections to employers looking to fill AI roles. 

This model benefits students and employers, who gain a cost-efficient pipeline for recruiting new talent as demand for next-generation artificial intelligence skills has far outpaced the number of candidates in the job market. 

One estimate suggests that, by 2022, a talent shortage will leave as many as 30% of AI and data skills jobs open.

“As AI is changing the way we work and the nature of jobs, we have a responsibility to ensure graduates are prepared for the workplace of tomorrow,” says Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, Global Sales, Marketing and Operations at Microsoft. “We are excited to partner with OpenClassrooms to help equip people with the skills and opportunities they need to thrive in the digital economy.”

For more Microsoft AI educational resources, visit AI School here.

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