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The Promise and Perils of Machine Learning in the Enterprise

Enterprise leaders need to apply ML like they should all other technologies – deliberately and only when and where it delivers specific, measurable business value.

Several years ago, I lived along the coast and had this fantastic deck. It had this crazy breeze that always seemed to be blowing across it. I loved that deck, except for one thing. It could get very cold.

So, I decided that I needed a space heater to complete my vision of deck-bliss. But I just couldn’t bring myself to buy a space heater like those restaurants used on their patios. It just seemed so, well, unoriginal.

Which is why I was so excited when I found it. I had walked into a hardware store looking for something innocuous and there it was: this interesting, modern and completely unique outdoor space heater. I had never seen anything like it. I bought it on the spot and happily took it home with a Cheshire Cat grin on my face.

Alas, my bliss was short-lived.

It seemed that I wasn’t the only one taken by this new space heater design. Within weeks, they were popping up everywhere — on my neighbor’s decks, in public spaces and, of course, on restaurant patios. To this day, whenever I see one I sigh inwardly and pout a little.

In many ways, this is the same story of technology fads in general — and the rise of machine learning specifically. Like my momentarily unique space heater, machine learning was briefly this unique thing of wonder. But it almost instantly went from unique to commonplace.

Machine learning is now on the tip of every IT executive tongue and spewing forth from every vendor trying to sell those executives, well, anything. But like the plethora of technologies before it, machine learning is no panacea. And like most other over-hyped fads, there is both truth and myth, promise and peril lying just beneath the surface. It’s critical that you can tell one from the other.

Read the entire article at https://www.cio.com/article/3236165/machine-learning/the-promise-and-perils-of-machine-learning-in-the-enterprise.html 

Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, ServiceNow and AppDyanmics are Intellyx customers.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).