The necessary team for your Artificial Intelligence project
There are 3 types of roles in an Artificial Intelligence (AI) project. All of them are essential to carry out an AI project, and are characterized by having a clearly defined domain of knowledge. These roles are the data scientist, the IT technician or architect, and the domain expert.
We will try to explain them using the analogy of a movie that you will surely know:
Without a doubt, the main character in an AI project. The data archaeologist.
They are in charge of handling the bulk of the data and making sense of them. They are capable of creating truly self-taught Machine Learning (ML) algorithms that learn more and more from the data.
We need IT specialists who create the systems and make them reliable and available. In this case, this role is represented by the father of the data scientist: Henry Jones created the Grail Diary, a real data warehouse that his son took upon himself to interpret!
IT specialists will create datalakes and break silos, making sure the rest of the team can access the data.
Finally, they will define and implement data ingestion and migration processes. In this category, we find data architects, data engineers, data analysts and data custodians, among others.
Domain experts are responsible to make sure that the AI model really adds value. They are the ones who know the business to which AI will add this value and the ones who promote the project. For this, we can find business leaders in any sector and also in any area of the company: marketing, HR, operations, logistics, etc. In this case, the role is represented by the figure of Marcus Brody, the person who planned and run the expeditions from the university.
Domain experts perform three critical functions:
- Imagining the use case and what business data might be useful.
- Understanding what changes in business processes will be necessary. It is important to assimilate that the application of AI will often lead to changes in the way a company works.
- Keep training the algorithm. For the AI to be effective, it will be necessary to create the technical and operational conditions to continue training the model by, for example, better and better labeling the data using supervised learning algorithms.
In this category, we find data owners or data stewards.
Finally, it is important to note that tackling an AI project implies that the people in charge of the three domains work together as a team. This requires a common language and a basic understanding of AI by all three roles.
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