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The use of MLOps to optimize the end-to-end lifecycle of AI projects

Lack of project management in AI projects often leads companies to resort to ad hoc projects. This can lead to inefficient information sharing, missed opportunities, inaccurate analysis and deployment difficulties. Continuous data input, automated testing of models and data, the use of pipelines and the monitoring of model efficiency in terms of data drift and model decay therefore play a crucial role in the success of AI projects in companies. This is where the MLOps principles come into play to ensure sustainable and productive AI models and enable early statements about the return on investment.

MLOps, short for "Machine Learning Operations", is an approach that creates a seamless connection between machine learning and operational aspects (deployment). This approach extends the proven DevOps methodology and seamlessly integrates machine learning and data science into the DevOps environment.

CI/CD pipelines play a critical role in addressing one of the challenges mentioned above, namely the transition of AI models from the experimentation phase to the production environment. The entire process of model creation, testing and final deployment is fully automated. This leads to a significant reduction in deployment time and a considerable reduction in susceptibility to errors, allowing the AI solution to be quickly adapted to new requirements, data or models.

A successful MLOps strategy also includes the versioning of data, models and code. This ensures that models and training environments remain traceable and reproducible.

Other important aspects are Continuous Training (CT) and Continuous Monitoring (CM). Automatic continuous re-training enables models to remain effective in the long term, as they can use CM to independently recognize changing data (data drift) and adapt the model by re-training it. This also counteracts model decay, in which the performance of models decreases over time.


The graph clearly shows how the performance of the model decreases over time, which is referred to as model decay. Automatic metric-based re-training is used to recover model performance.

To put these promising principles into practice, M&M uses the machine learning-as-a-service platform Azure Machine Learning. This platform offers a wide range of services and is characterized by an excellent integration of popular open source technologies such as MLFlow or Apache Spark, which can be invaluable in the implementation of MLOps. MLFlow in particular plays a crucial role in improving the clarity of the training process by unifying model packaging, logging metrics and categorizing training histories in experiments. In addition, Azure ML enables easy versioning and traceability of models and data assets by default.

Another significant advantage is the use of the MLDesigner, which makes it possible to compile CI/CD pipelines from reusable components. This increases agility, as components can be easily exchanged. The MLDesigner thus offers a flexible and efficient method for optimizing AI development and deployment. In this Techshorty, you will learn how the MLDesigner user interface can be used to quickly and effectively create AI prototypes and proof of concepts.

Azure also offers significant advantages in the provision of AI models. Thanks to metrics-based scaling, the performance of the clusters used can be automatically adapted to the current requirements. This ensures efficient use of resources and ensures that the models always run at optimum performance in the production environment.

Overall, Azure Machine Learning is an excellent choice for effectively implementing MLOps. The combination of open source technologies, support for CI/CD pipelines and the scalability of compute clusters makes Azure a robust platform for the development, deployment and maintenance of AI models. Azure Machine Learning can make a significant contribution to increasing efficiency in the implementation of MLOps and thus ensuring the optimization of the entire life cycle of AI projects.

We are aware of the importance of MLOps and are happy to support you with the implementation. Our experts can help you to ensure that your entire AI development process benefits from the MLOps methodology.

Über den Autor


Marius Riesle is currently completing his internship semester in the "General Computer Science" program at Furtwangen University and is involved with M&M as a member of the Data & AI team. During this time, he is intensively involved in research on improving the entire lifecycle of machine learning models through the implementation of MLOps practices.

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