AI is no longer a secret ritual performed by digital-native organizations. Indeed, there was a time when legacy industries would brush off the need of AI systems right at the outset. The times have changed! This talk is not about how to build an AI use case, or how to get managements’ buy-in, or how the lack of talent hampers such initiatives. Neither does it focus on how to get the necessary data, nor on building DL models. While a few organizations continue to be challenged by these concerns, most are facing a completely new predicament. A business-driven dilemma of operationalizing AI systems beyond prototypes. That’s what we are going to talk about. I will share my vision, blue print and personal stories across telecom, manufacturing and automotive industries, including both corporate and start-up experiences. I will tell you how to go from a shiny proof-of-concept to AI production systems, what challenges we faced, and the best practices to avoid the pitfalls.