“Your virtual digital assistant helping you run your projects”.

Here at IdeasCast we are constantly envisaging a future where human intelligence can be augmented and amplified through digitization. The concept behind our flagship product OpusView was to take the power of collaborative working practices of co-located teams and to build that into a platform enabling enterprises to achieve more, on a much larger scale.

OpusView today offers enterprises that capability and is enabling organizations to leverage the power of social collaborative methods to deliver transformational results. But it doesn’t stop there. One of the many areas our R&D team are exploring is the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the power of evolution.

Technology is advancing at an unparalleled rate, for example, the number of transistors per square inch on an integrated circuit has doubled every year since it was invented. The processing power this brings to the digital world is phenomenal and as the cost of this processing reduces, just as fast incredible opportunities are being created allowing visionaries to see their ideas come to life.

One of the areas where this computing capability is being leveraged is within the field of AI. The application of this processing power to create self-learning machines is now moving out of the world of science fiction and into the reality of today. An example of this being Google Deepmind. Their AlphaGo AI program became the first computer Go program to defeat a professional Go human player on a full size 19x19 grid. This far surpassed the achievement of Deep Blue’s 1997 chess victory over Gary Kasparov.

AlphaGo’s achievement was only possible through leveraging incredible processing power coupled with intelligence created through machine learning. The combination of Big Data and Cloud Computing has created both a need and a solution to process vast arrays of unstructured data coming from multiple sources. Machine learning applied to such resources will enable patterns and trends to be revealed that simply wouldn’t be possible through traditional analytics. AI is expanding rapidly with Gartner predicting that 20% of business content will be created by machines by 2018 and that 6 billion connected devices will be sharing data with other devices.

So how can AI be applied usefully across enterprises and leveraged to provide realizable value?

Well the answer is perhaps only limited by one’s imagination. In the very near future on-demand access to neural network processing will become the next As a Service offering. This will enable enterprises to incorporate this into their technology footprint as readily as IaaS and SaaS are today. With access to this capability it will become possible to elevate the intellectual capability within an organization to be far beyond that achievable with human minds alone.

The first successful implementations of will most likely be from the field of Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI). ANI is the application of AI to a specific (narrow) problem with the aim of creating a program that can identify the best outcome based upon intelligence created through machine-learning, AlphaGo is an example of ANI.

At IdeasCast we are working on our own ANI application which we believe will revolutionize the way enterprises identify, select and deliver initiatives which generate value. The combination of external data sources such as best practice models and research findings with internal data from domain experts and project data will provide a deep and broad information pool from which insights can be generated. The aim of our research is the development of a virtual project digital assistant that guides project teams in making better decisions and increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome. Through constant learning and familiarity with organizational project activity and results the digital assistant will refine delivery models, highlight relevant data, identify risks and recommend mitigations to keep projects on-track. Project teams will then be freed from expending time and energy searching for resources and managing the plan but instead will focus exclusively on generating new insights which of course will be added to the data pool.

We are pleased to announce our first release of the OpusView Assistant which interacts with our users when they log into OpusView. The assistant reads through upcoming events and highlights important tasks in effect giving each user their own personal assistant to ensure they focus on any risks and the key deliverables.

However this is just the start, so come and speak to us at IdeasCast and let us introduce you to the OpusView Assistant and the future of effective business transformation.