Dell EMC has announced the launch of artificial intelligence (AI) experience zones in Bengaluru, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo, in a partnership with chipmaker Intel. The zones offer visitors an immersive AI experience, serving as a catalyst for AI understanding and adoption amongst organisations in the Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) region, Dell EMC said in a statement.
“The Dell EMC AI Experience Zones provide a unique space where customers and our partners can explore, test out, and learn about the different physical and virtual components that make up an AI ecosystem. This initiative is the focal point of our commitment to fostering knowledge sharing between information chiefs, our ready team of technology experts, and industry partners to accelerate AI adoption and innovation for the region,” said Andrew Underwood, chief technology officer of high-performance computing and AI at Dell EMC in APJ region.
The experience zones are built within existing Dell EMC customer solution centres.
Further, new zones will showcase how the Dell EMC high-performance computing and AI ecosystem can be used to address business challenges and opportunities across a wide range of industries.
“Companies looking to thrive in a data-driven era need to understand that investments in AI are no longer optional – they are business-critical. Whilst complex in nature, it is imperative that companies quickly start moving from theoretical AI strategies to practical deployments to stay ahead of the curve,” said Chris Kelly, vice-president, infrastructure solutions group, Dell EMC, APJ.
Through masterclass training, AI expert engagements, and collaboration opportunities available on-site, customers will be guided through the necessary steps to kick-start AI initiatives including design, maintenance, installation and delivering tangible business outcomes for their organisations.
According to Dell’s digital transformation index, AI is amongst the top spending priorities for business leaders in the APJ region. However, 95% of companies are still experiencing transformation roadblocks, one of which is lack of in-house skill sets and expertise, it added.
According to a report by research firm IDC, worldwide spending on AI systems is set to reach $35.8 billion in 2019, an increase of 44% over the amount spent in 2018.