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6 Ways IT Vendors Are Using Artificial Intelligence To Strengthen Their Product Portfolios

CRN invited six leading technology vendors to discuss the present-day realities of AI, dispel its myths and explain where partners can find meaningful opportunities in this emerging space.

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Data Mining And Machine Learning

SAS offers a visual data mining and machine learning solution, Viya, that delivers predictive modeling, deep learning and text analytics algorithms across multiple coding languages. Wayne Thompson, chief data scientist at SAS, said deep learning is a "tremendous" opportunity for the channel as speech-to-text and computer vision technologies continue to improve.

Thompson also noted that artificial intelligence allows vendors like SAS to conduct sentiment analysis, which helps businesses better understand a customer's thought process, and then use that to fuel machine learning models geared toward driving more informed cross-selling strategies. Edge computing and analytics will continue to be key components of the growing push toward AI, he said.

"Think about sensors, and IoT, and how much data's coming in. Big compute – and this is where we're helping customers," Thomspon said. "I'm talking about GPUs and running on Volta-class Nvidia hardware now. And big models – deep-learning models, recurrent neural networks, convolutional neural networks. These things are extremely powerful. They're extremely accurate."

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