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Vishal Sikka announces new startup Vianai Systems

Former CEO and MD of Infosys Vishal Sikka has announced his latest venture, Vianai Systems, during his keynote address at the Oracle Open World event yesterday.

Sikka’s presentation showcased an integrated and exploratory experience for building and deploying artificial intelligence (AI) projects for enterprise.

A particular highlight of the presentation was a feature in the Vianai platform defined as ‘an innovative domain-specific language for data science and machine learning’.

This new language would allow any person who can write a standard mathematical expression to fully implement all aspects of an algorithm (models and parameters) in a highly intuitive way. 

“The technology we demonstrated today runs counter to the vast majority of ML platforms, which often focus on programming not experimentation,” said Jake Klein, head of product at Vianai.

“This greatly constrains enterprises’ ability to rapidly iterate and tailor solutions to their specific data and objectives.”

Commenting on the news, Klein added that success for this companies often takes the shape of adopting a cross-functional team approach that engages business analysts and domain experts as well as data scientists, but with today’s platforms, the discussions typically breakdown without domain expertise.

“These challenges demand a platform that delivers a dramatic improvement in interactivity, understandability, and explorability,” he explained.

According to a press release from the company, Vianai’s support for rapid exploration of the relationships between data and results is supported by a strong suite of visual products that will enable users to efficiently run several experiments in a fraction of the time it currently takes to iterate through just one.

Vianai added that, in contrast to approaches such as AutoML, their platform ensures far better collaboration and alignment between data science practitioners and business stakeholders, ensuring that AI projects meet their goals.

“Companies today have been formed and reshaped by the systems of yesterday,”  Sikka said at the Oracle Open World event. “In the early days of personal computers, there were systems of record, then came systems of engagement.

“Today, we have the opportunity to create systems of intelligence that can bring AI techniques to transform all aspects of a business, and do so in a way that is transparent, explainable and explorable, inclusive and accessible to a massive number of developers. The Vianai platform helps us deliver on the promise of AI for every business and for all of us.” 

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