Artificial Intelligence as a practical tool for business growth

Business Capability Workshop

Artificial intelligence is here. It’s now in the real world, used by businesses of all shapes and sizes, all around the globe - and it is squarely on the agenda of both technology and business executives in New Zealand.

Unlike the AI we see in the movies and pop culture, the capability of this technology is being realised not through replacing humans, but from augmenting human intelligence and helping business professionals across a diverse range of industries perform their jobs more efficiently, more accurately and with greater insight.

AI platforms like IBM Watson understand the world in the way humans do – through senses, learning, and experience. They learn at scale, gaining knowledge over time, reasoning with purpose and interacting with humans in a natural way.

In this session IBM will explore the opportunities AI represents and also present practical options on how to leverage AI in an organisation to not only disrupt their market but to improve their bottom line. The session will conclude with example use cases and a set of recommendations on how to get started on the AI journey.

Isuru “Issy” Fernando is our guest speaker at this Business Capability Workshop. You will learn how AI is a practical technology, within reach, that can really drive business profits.

Isuru Fernando is the Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Leader for IBM New Zealand. Globally, Isuru has extensive experience working with leading organisations on technology and economic disruption. He is a recognised thought leader at IBM, is part of IBM's Global Top Talent, and sits on the Worldwide panel for Product Futures.

Isuru holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Auckland where he spent his time pushing the boundaries of theory and practice. He is a published author, has co-founded a start-up that went onto a successful acquisition, is a board member of the Association of Information Professionals Asia Pacific Chapter, and a member of the Embedded Systems and Robotics research group at the University of Auckland.


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Business North Harbour


27 September 2018 - 27 September 2018


12:00 - 14:00


Level 1, Main Lounge, QBE Stadium, Stadium Drive, Albany


Free for one representative of Business North Harbour members and Associate members. Guests of members will be charged $40 plus GST to attend. Non-BID members are welcome, subject to space, at $60 + GST per guest.