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AI center of excellence: A new engine for driving business transformation

AI centers of excellence can accelerate AI adoption — and organization-wide transformation — by consolidating talent, standardizing platforms, spreading successes across business lines, and uncovering new revenue models.

AI center of excellence: A new engine for driving business transformation
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When Shell first launched its AI Center of Excellence in 2013, it wasn't even known as AI, but as predictive analytics, and it was tiny.

"It was just me," says Dan Jeavons, who now leads what's known as Shell’s Data Science Center of Excellence, which includes 180 full-time data scientists and engineers.

"They expanded it somewhat," he says.

Originally, the purpose of the CoE was to support business units working on analytics-related projects.

"We had a whole bunch of business-line projects spinning up all over the place," he says. "And we had some leaders who recognized that we needed to coordinate what we were doing. The original intent was to facilitate what was going on, but to allow the businesses to do the work themselves."

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