In the finance sector, for instance, AI and ML can help firms improve everything from their retail banking experience to their trading algorithms, business analytics and fraud detection protocols. But there's a catch: the promise of AI and ML technologies may not be realised unless some key enabling technologies are put in place at the outset. First, firms need a network with fast, scalable, secure and rapidly deployable connectivity. Second, they need a way to coordinate big data as it flows between public and private clouds. This need for smart connectivity stems from the special demands of artificial intelligence.