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Computer Science in Practice

Continuous Intelligence - Machine Learning - Delivered Continuously

When: Monday, January 28, 2019
Where: PGH 563
Time: 11:00 AM


Speaker: George Earle, Global Commercial Office Director, ThoughtWorks

Host: Dr. Omprakash Gnawali

A big change in corporate opinions from last year is that 81% cited “artificial intelligence and machine learning” as either “very important” or “extremely important” to their company’s future, up from just 54% in 2016. The McKinsey Global Institute indicates that data driven organizations are 23 times more likely to acquire customers, 6 times as likely to retain those customers, and 19 times as likely to be profitable as a result. So AI is not just an academic exercise anymore. But typical AI projects and deployments are batch oriented affairs. Software engineers know about TDD and CI/CD. Data scientists don’t. Data scientists know about R, prediction versus deterministic/ statistical, model selection, data training. Put these together and you get Continuous Intelligence delivery in which teams produce models and software in short cycles, ensuring that the software can be reliably released at any time.


A resident in the Houston metro area in TX, Mr. Earle has been a serial entrepreneur, investor and senior software engineering exec in many of CA's premier technology companies. He was a lead software director using Hopfield Tank Deep Learning algorithms at the first cloud SW logistics company, Non-Stop Logistics, a predecessor to Uber Eats/ Amazon Prime Now. From pre-IPO to IPO, Mr. Earle was a founding leader of both technology and consulting teams at seven VC funded enterprise software companies, including Chordiant that grew to a $400M company. After the Web 1.0, Mr. Earle was an executive of global enterprise services at a IT business intelligence co., selling to GM, Metlife, and EDS. Mr. Earle was VP Global Consulting at Right Hemisphere before its acquisition by SAP AG. Mr. Earle was N.A. Head of R&D Solutions, Global Head of Visual Enterprise Services at SAP for Fortune 50 SAP, transforming oil & gas, construction, manufacturing and aerospace markets with 3D visual analytics and operations SW products. Mr. Earle is currently a Global Director for the Global Commercial Office @ Thoughtworks Inc. Mr. Earle and his teams have won awards and certifications for their enterprise delivery and platform products. Mr. Earle is also Chairman of the Board of ProUnitas, a secondary school student intervention non-profit, providing curated and personalized linkage, management and analytics between students and metropolitan public services. Mr. Earle is an EE, a private pilot and an alum of Northeastern University with graduate certifications in software and mathematics.