AI’s quantum leap reminds us that it is no longer the stuff of sci-fi novels and futuristic movies. It is here to stay.
According to S&P Global’s recent 2023 Global Trends in AI Report, it’s rapidly transforming the fabric of the business world, from being a revenue driver to influencing new job roles.
In fact, the report reveals that the majority of companies have transitioned at least one AI deployment to a production environment.
Let’s delve into the seven key insights from this eye-opening report that every tech enthusiast should know.
AI Comes of Age
Gone are the days when AI was just a sandbox experiment for companies.
For the longest time, AI was mostly in the R&D phase within enterprises – and only a few deployments would make it to production.
A significant 69% of enterprises have moved at least one AI initiative from the drawing board to live production. More remarkably, 28% have scaled these deployments across the enterprise, realising concrete, tangible business value.
The era of AI’s mere promise is behind us; we are witnessing its delivery in real-time.
From Cost-Saving to Revenue Generation
Gone are the days when AI was seen as a cost-saving technology.
. A sweeping 69% of the identified revenue generation as the primary motive for AI/ML projects. As AI initiatives mature, this revenue-centric approach only grows, with 70% of AI pioneers aligning with it compared to 66% of the early explorers.
According to the report, 69% of the 5,400+ feedback points from over 1,500 respondents indicate that revenue-focused drivers are the key motivators behind AI initiatives.
The focus on revenue-generating capabilities is even more pronounced among AI pioneers, at 70%. Which indicates maturation in the perception of AI’s value propositions.
The Data Management Hurdle
Data is the lifeblood of AI, but it’s also its Achilles’ heel.
The most significant technological barrier cited by 32% of respondents is data management, even outweighing security concerns (26%) and compute performance (20%).
The message is clear: businesses must revamp their data architectures to truly capitalise on AI’s potential.
New Jobs and Changing Roles
AI is often seen as a job-killer, but the report suggests otherwise.
The top job descriptions among respondents were data scientist, analytics, and architect. Even more interesting are the emergent roles, such as AI ethicists and AI trainers, signalling a shift in the professional landscape.
AI is making inroads into various industries, albeit at different rates.
Finance, healthcare, and IT/services lead the way, while adoption in the automotive and media/entertainment sectors lags behind. This divergence implies that different sectors face unique challenges and opportunities in AI adoption.
Use Cases Galore
From customer service to IT automation and fraud detection, AI has a multitude of applications.
The report also highlights emerging use-cases, including predictive maintenance, supply chain optimization, and personalised marketing, underlining AI’s versatility.
Tangible Benefits and New Business Models
Not only is AI making organisations more efficient and cost-effective, but it’s also enabling entirely new revenue streams.
For instance, predictive maintenance as a service and personalised healthcare models are now a reality, thanks to AI.
Not only has AI’s quantum leap reached a tipping point in enterprise adoption, but its applications are also evolving rapidly, signalling both challenges and opportunities ahead.
For businesses, the path forward involves overcoming data management barriers and fostering a culture of innovation. For employees, it’s about adapting to new roles and upskilling.
AI is here to stay, and its impact is only growing. For those in the tech industry, this is not just an exciting time but a transformative one.
For a deeper dive into these trends, the full S&P Global 2023 Global Trends in AI Report is recommended reading.