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The Executive's How-To Guide to Automation

Mastering AI and Algorithm-Driven Business

Authors: Danner, George

  • Offers advice on how businesses can prepare for an automated future and implement automation as a business strategy
  • Highlights the importance of and ease of algorithm design
  • Provides guidelines in the management of testing automation
  • Offers case studies of companies that have gained a competitive advantage through automation
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About this book

From driverless cars to pilotless planes, many functions that have previously required human labor can now be performed using artificial intelligence. For businesses, this use of AI results in reduced labor costs and, even more important, creating a competitive advantage.  How does one look at any organization and begin the work of automating it in sensible ways?

This book provides the blueprint for automating critical business functions of all kinds.  It outlines the skills and technologies that must be brought to bear on replicating human-like thinking and judgment in the form of algorithms. Many believe that algorithm design is the exclusive purview of computer scientists and experienced programmers.  This book aims to dispel that notion. An algorithm is merely a set of rules, and anyone with the ability to envision how different components of a business can interact with other components already has the ability to work in algorithms.

Though many fear that the use of automation in business means human labor will no longer be needed, the author argues that organizations will re-purpose humans into different roles under the banner of automation, not simply get rid of them. He also identifies parts of business that are best targeted for automation.

This book will arm business people with the tools needed to automate companies, making them perform better, move faster, operate cheaper, and provide great lasting value to investors.


About the authors

George E. Danner is President of Business Laboratory, LLC, an award-winning consultancy that uses the very latest scientific techniques and methods to improve the performance of mid-size and large organizations through problem-solving, the optimization of existing practices and advanced forecasting. He is the author of the book Profit From Science, which outlines best practices in business problem solving using real world case studies.

George specializes in the application of agent-based simulation modeling, Monte Carlo simulation, System Dynamics, Game Theory, Visualization, and Real Options to some of the world’s most difficult and complex business strategy problems.

George has 29 years of experience in corporate strategy, specifically operational and financial analysis, across a wide variety of industries: retail, manufacturing, energy, telecommunications, transportation and financial services.

Prior to founding Business Laboratory, George held executive positions at nGenera Corporation, Industrial Science LLC (as founder) and Arthur Andersen. Business Laboratory clients include Simon Property Group, BP, Sun Microsystems, Schlumberger, Manpower, Target Stores, AstraZeneca, TIAA-CREF, NationalGrid (UK), TD Ameritrade, Motiva, and the US Navy.

George has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 


Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Automation Is Here

    Danner, George E.

    Pages 5-12

  • The Economic Case for Automation

    Danner, George E.

    Pages 13-23

  • The Molecules of Automation: Algorithms

    Danner, George E.

    Pages 25-32

  • What Is Automat-able and What Is Not?

    Danner, George E.

    Pages 35-43

  • Diagrammatic Decomposition of Corporate Functions

    Danner, George E.

    Pages 45-54

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-99789-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $37.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-99788-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Executive's How-To Guide to Automation
Book Subtitle
Mastering AI and Algorithm-Driven Business
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-99789-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-99789-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-99788-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 165
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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