Designing Courses to Build Tech-Forward Skills in Your Enterprise

Before coming to Udacity, I worked in application development and high school education. When I was a software developer, I experienced firsthand how employees in the workforce constantly need to upskill to use new technologies and succeed in their roles. And as a high school math teacher, I learned how to engage students with projects in which they could apply the skills they’ve learned. 

Now that I’m a manager with Udacity’s Curriculum team, I work with industry professionals to design data science and artificial intelligence courses that help organizations fill tech skills gaps and execute their digital transformation strategies.

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Five Applications for AI in the Workplace

Artificial Intelligence is not just a fancy buzzword anymore. And despite all the gloom and doom predictions about AI taking over human’s jobs, AI in workplaces is becoming mainstream at a really fast pace. 

According to the NewVantage Survey, 2020, more than 9 out of 10 leading businesses have an ongoing investment in AI. In fact, according to Gartner, despite shortage of talent, the percentage of enterprises employing AI technology grew 270 percent between 2015 and 2019.

Does that mean AI is here to take human jobs? Well, it depends on which jobs you are talking about. Artificial Intelligence will certainly replace some jobs while others will stick around.

Harvard Business Review believes that AI will just replace some menial and repetitive jobs and allow humans to take up more complex tasks resulting in augmenting human capabilities, and not replacing them. Here are five applications for AI in the workplace that will streamline work for the company and for its employees.

Five Applications for AI in the Workplace

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Case Study: Intel Partners with Udacity to Close the Edge AI Skills Gap

The global Edge AI market — driven by growing enterprise workloads on the cloud and fast growth in the number of intelligent applications — is expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 20.3% and predicted to reach $2.2 billion by 2027.

Though the Edge AI market is growing at a rapid pace, there is an acute shortage of skilled talent to fill in this gap. Intel identified this challenge and wanted to build a workforce that will keep them at the forefront of the Edge computing technology. 

So in order to equip developers with Edge AI skills, Intel partnered with Udacity to launch the Intel Edge AI Scholarship program with Udacity in 2019. 

Intel Case Study

Read this case study to know how Intel and Udacity upskilled students worldwide on building and deploying AI models at the Edge.

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How AI Can Transform Your Workforce

Digital transformation is about so much more than implementing Slack in your company to streamline communication. The goal of digital transformation is to drive organizational change and support growth, and that requires the thoughtful, strategic use of technology like enterprise artificial intelligence (AI). 

To drive successful digital transformation in your organization, you must first drive alignment within your leadership and people teams. This will help streamline the solution, strategy, and execution.

Despite what the phrase AI may make you think of, it’s not only a hot trend or something to be used for one-off projects. It’s a powerful tool to drive digital transformation at scale. 

Let’s take a look at how AI can help transform your workforce.

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Four Technologies to Help Your Business Through Digital Transformation

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact businesses, digital transformation has become a major buzzword — but some people struggle to define it. Just put “what is digital transformation” into Google and the responses will range anywhere from having an online presence in the form of a website to the complete rethinking of how organizations use technology. 

While there is no definitive answer to this question, the meaning depends on how you plan to lay the foundation of digital transformation for your business. For now, let’s agree that it’s much more than just having a website, using a fancy CRM, or chatbots.

According to a recent business impact survey of the 373 IT professionals conducted by IDG Research, 59% of respondents said that there has been increased pressure for digital transformation post the pandemic. 

As global businesses and enterprises try to adopt digital technologies, they grapple with the challenge of upskilling both their teams and themselves to be abreast of the latest trends in  digitization.

To ensure that your business is creating a truly impactful digital transformation strategy, read on to learn how our Nanodegree programs can help you skill your employees in popular technologies and to scale your efforts. 

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How Robotic Process Automation Can Transform Your Workforce

Implementing Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in your organization may at first seem like a double-edged sword. While it offers the promise of cost savings and business growth, executives and employees are understandably concerned about the threat of job destruction. On the contrary, automating your employees’ mundane tasks through RPA can improve productivity and transform your workforce.

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