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WATCH: FICO Exec Says Artificial Intelligence Requires A New Type Of Cloud

FICO’s Shalini Raghavan says the rise of artificial intelligence and data analytics, along with a tough regulatory environment, are driving big changes in the cloud.

Current cloud models are having a hard time keeping up with the rise of artificial intelligence and fast-moving data analytics in cloud-based applications. That’s according to FICO’s Shalini Raghavan, senior director of product management at the San Jose-based software analytics firm.

You might recognize FICO for its credit rating service, but it does much more than that. For 30 years, FICO has been using technology to protect consumers from payment fraud. Originally an on-premise service, it’s now carrying that out inside its cloud-based applications.

“Now we need a very different type of cloud to provide the same kinds of benefits we’ve been providing for years and years,” said Raghavan, adding that current cloud models are strained by the influx of large amounts of data and constantly changing applications.

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“Application providers and solution providers are going to have to think more of this infrastructure as an extension to their software,” said Raghavan. “All the efforts we’ve seen in the last few years to make that infrastructure be deployed more easily, be more performant, scale-up and scale-down with an application, we are only going to see more and more of that.”

Another issue confronting current cloud platforms is a tough regulatory environment. Many customers worry that moving their data to the cloud may not only compromise their industry-specific compliance requirements, but also put them at risk for security breaches.

“A lot of these regulatory changes are somewhat dynamic. They change day-to-day and country-by-country. I think that’s something else beyond compute that cloud providers will have to deal with.”

FICO also specializes in B2B data analytics and security software. In October, FICO teamed up with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to bring a streaming decision-management platform for retailers and supply chain customers.

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