3 Essentials to Prepare Your Digital Environment for AI

Still clinging to outdated legacy systems? Still can’t decide whether your business needs AI or not? Stuck with that “If it’s not broken” mentality? 

This reluctance might become your biggest hindrance to success in the ever-expanding tech-dominant landscape.

AI is leading the race. It’s clear. Holding onto your outdated systems (and processes) doesn’t just keep you stagnant; it can lead to operational inefficiencies, rising costs, and security vulnerabilities.

You’re also likely losing out on the countless possibilities the cloud and technologies like machine learning (ML) can offer. To thrive in an AI-driven future, organisations must overhaul their digital environment. 

Here’s how you can strategically upgrade your infrastructure:

1. Migrate to the Cloud

Moving away from legacy systems involves embracing cloud technologies – which are set to host more than 100 zettabytes of data by 2025. Whether you’re a fan or not, the compute, capacity and consistency of cloud technologies are virtually unmatched. 

In fact, according to CloudZero:

  • 48% of companies plan to migrate at least half of their applications to the cloud within the next year, and 20% intend to move all their applications there. 
  • As cloud usage continues to grow, it will generate vast amounts of data, half of which will be stored in the cloud by 2025. 

How can you take advantage of this data influx? By adopting a cloud-first strategy.

2. Leverage Data and ML Engineering Expertise

Demand for machine learning engineering roles is skyrocketing. More specifically for machine learning operations (MLOps) professionals who bridge the gap between data scientists and engineers.

Employers seek candidates possessing both data science and engineering expertise, especially those experienced in cloud technologies. 

Having team members with strong technical knowledge paired with commercial acumen, storytelling abilities, and stakeholder management skills can greatly enhance your data and ML strategy.

3. Foster a Data-Driven Culture

Having an organisational culture that places data at its core increases the likelihood of having better business outcomes. Whether it’s improvements in collaboration, competitive advantage or the overall agility of the business, data plays a pivotal role.

According to Forbes, a Data-Driven business have the following advantages:

  • Improved Decision-Making: Data-driven decision-making contributes to faster and more transparent approval processes, leading to better outcomes and accountability.
  • Increased Efficiency: Data-driven organisations can optimise processes and operations, leading to improved efficiency and cost savings.
  • Better Customer Satisfaction: Data-driven decision-making can lead to enhanced customer experiences, as it allows for more informed and targeted strategies to meet customer needs.
  • Increased Transparency: Data-driven cultures promote transparency across the organisation, ensuring that all stakeholders have access to the same information and can make informed decisions

To take full advantage of your data, data observability is a crucial aspect to consider. 

It’s imperative at all levels to monitor data quality, detect model drift, and conduct exploratory data analysis. 

This is why companies increasingly value MLOps professionals who can align data scientists and engineers. Data-driven decision-making is becoming paramount, with 47% of respondents in a UK salary guide noting that AI and ML will have the most significant impact on the data market this year.

Ready Your Business for Tomorrow

By migrating to the cloud, leveraging data and ML engineering expertise, and fostering a data-driven culture, your business will be strategically prepared for an AI-enhanced future. 

The transition from legacy systems to a modern digital environment is a critical first step toward thriving in an AI-driven world.

Don’t let legacy systems hold your business back. Take the leap into the cloud, harness the power of ML expertise, and build a culture of data-driven decision-making. 

Start your journey toward a smarter and more efficient digital environment today.

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