SAP Labs India partners with IIM Bangalore to train managers in AI


SAP Labs India announces collaboration with IIM Bangalore to launch AI for Managers program. The aim of the initiative is to make the knowledge of artificial intelligence and its components such as statistical learning, machine learning and deep learning accessible to a pool of interested managers who aspire to become competent decision-makers.

It is a 16-month certification program beginning April 22, 2022, and consists of 11 modular online courses stacked in a learning curve based on order of progression. Each module is enriched with concepts, applications, and case studies to ensure participants learn and apply AI techniques and machine learning algorithms such as supervised learning, unsupervised learning, and reinforcement learning algorithms to solve problems in various functional areas of management.

Some of the main goals of the AI ​​for Managers program are to help participants:

  • Recognize the emergence of artificial intelligence and machine learning as a competitive strategy.
  • Understand the fundamentals of data science on which the AI ​​models are built.
  • Learn about descriptive, diagnostic, predictive, and prescriptive analytics and their applications in generating solutions to business problems.
  • Learn how artificial neural networks (ANN) and deep learning algorithms such as recurrent neural networks (RNN) and convolutional neural network (CNN) work with applications.
  • Applying AI techniques to solve problems in various sectors such as aerospace, banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI), e-commerce, manufacturing, retail, sports and services.

Sindhu Gangadharan, SVP, SAP User Enablement & MD, SAP Labs India, said: “At SAP, we believe in continuous learning and offer our colleagues extensive upskilling, reskilling and reskilling experiences. In order to achieve SAP’s vision of helping the world run better and supporting our half a million customers on their journey to smart and sustainable businesses, it is imperative that our workforce remains agile and constantly reinventing itself to drive unrestricted innovation. The AI ​​for Managers program in partnership with IIM-B is a step forward in this regard and is designed to educate our managers in the rapidly evolving business landscape. The 16-month program focuses on an action-oriented approach in which SAP colleagues can contribute their current problems and explore solutions. As we begin the AI ​​program for managers, we plan to expand it to our developer community, product owners, and product managers to become an AI-first organization in the near future.”

Vasanthi Srinivasan, Chair, MOOCs and Digital Learning, IIM Bangalore said: “Research estimates that AI will lead to an annual increase in global GDP of around 1.2% by 2030. Launched by the IIMBx, the ‘AI for Managers’ program aims to empower the industry to provide ready skills for participants in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning and improve computational thinking to solve business problems and facilitate effective decision-making.”
The program’s instructors have a combined experience of over 70 years of teaching and consulting in the AI ​​field. Prominent names include Professor U Dinesh Kumar, Decision Sciences and Chair of Excellence; Professor Rajluxmi V Murthy, Decision Sciences; Kumar Rahul, IIMB graduate and IIMK research fellow; Manaranjan Pradhan, IIMB graduate; Naveen Kumar Bhansali, Associate Lecturer and graduate of IIM Bangalore; and Sharada Sringeswara, IIM Bangalore and BITS Pilani alumni, among others.

Prospects applying to the program undergo a comprehensive admissions process to ensure learners’ goals are aligned with a challenging experience. To receive a program completion certificate, participants must achieve 60%+ in all 9 individual courses.

With a presence in India for 25 years, SAP’s mission is to “help the world work better and improve people’s lives” and assisting more than half a million customers in their quest for digital transformation and the journey to support sustainable growth. SAP Labs India is SAP’s largest R&D center outside of its headquarters in Germany and part of a connected lab network of 21 labs in 18 countries. It is one of the earliest R&D centers of a global company with a presence in India and has grown in strategic importance for SAP over the course of more than two decades.


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