Microsoft partners with a premier business school in India to advance AI skilling in the country

Abhishek Baxi

Microsoft partners with a premier business school in India to advance AI skilling in the country

Microsoft India has announced a partnership with the Indian School of Business (ISB) to take forward their shared vision for an AI-empowered India. ISB is a premier global business school in India offering top Global MBA programs.

According to a recent Microsoft and IDC Asia/Pacific study, lack of a coherent AI-strategy is among the top three challenges that Indian business leaders face while trying to accelerate the growth of their respective businesses.

“AI is a gamechanger to drive new business models and transform today’s businesses and workplaces. With this coming together of ISB and Microsoft, it is a unique opportunity to increase the innovation with AI in business. Our new partnership with ISB will empower business leaders to increase their tech intensity and do more with AI.”

– Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India

Through the creation of the AI Digital Lab, the two organizations will collaborate in research which will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to study issues that are relevant for business and public policy. Microsoft will support ISB with best-in-class infrastructure, access to cloud and AI tools.

In addition, the partnership will also jointly introduce a new executive program titled “Leading Business Transformation in the Age of AI” which will equip business leaders with tools and strategies to transform their respective organizations to AI-driven organizations.

The 3-day non-technical executive program will enable C-suite executives to come up with a coherent strategy to transform their respective organizations into AI-driven organizations. It is done under the purview of Microsoft’s online AI Business School, which provides executive-level insights and practical, actionable guidance to build an end-to-end AI strategy.

Professor Anand Nandkumar, Associate Dean, Indian School of Business, who is leading ISB’s collaboration with Microsoft said that AI will soon emerge as an important tool that will drive the competitive advantage of businesses. Here’s a blog post where he talks about how AI will reshape the competitive dynamics of industries.