Balaji R Venkataraman is an Engineering Manager with the Enterprise Data And Analytic Platform team at Starbucks. His team ships and operates on-demand platforms on the Azure cloud that powers petabyte scale Data Engineering, at scale ML/AI development and Operationalization across Starbucks. These offerings shape multiple Next generation personalization and retail optimization initiatives.
As ML-driven innovations are propelled by the Self-Service capabilities in the Enterprise Data and Analytics Platform, teams face a significant entry barrier and productivity issues in moving from POCs to Operating ML-powered apps at scale in production. This talk is the journey of a team in using the Starbucks AI foundational capabilities in EDAP to deploy, manage and operate ML models as secure and scalable cognitive services that have the potential of powering internet-scale inferences for use cases and applications.
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