When’s the Right Time to Incorporate AI?

July 1, 2021 - 6 minutes read

If you survey the average American on when they expect artificial intelligence to make an impact in their daily lives, you’re likely to get a response of  something along the lines of ‘five to ten years down the road’. And of course, this projection of a reality immersed with artificial intelligence technology looks something like a techno-utopia with flying cars, personal AI robots and the like. 

Although this future-state does seem appealing, the fact of the matter is, most people misunderstand artificial intelligence and its place in society. In fact, many don’t realize that today, artificial intelligence is in fact reshaping many fundamental technologies that are widespread in our society and many organizations are leveraging the services of artificial intelligence app development to grow their existing offering. Looking for some examples of this? Well, consider Siri, Apple’s AI-based voice assistant available across all Apple devices or Alexa Amazon’s AI-based voice assistant available in Amazon Echo devices. Each of these AI-based technologies use advanced artificial intelligence algorithms to interpret your voice, assess your question accurately and provide an answer to your question. And this is only one simple example. Today, the use of artificial intelligence is cropping up in every industry and in businesses of every size. 

How To Incorporate AI Into Your Business?

So, it begs the question, how does one incorporate artificial intelligence into a business, especially if you’re not a top tier big tech firm? Today, organizations have access to many powerful AI-based services through cloud computing. For instance, Google Cloud Platform offers many different cloud-native services that leverage AI to provide organizations with cutting-edge capabilities. Products such as Vertex AI, AI Building Blocks, AutoML, AI Infrastructure and more. These AI cloud-native services are plug-and-play AI services that can allow organizations to leverage the power of AI quickly and seamlessly.

Further, AWS also offers pre-trained AI services that provide ready-made AI-enabled services to apply to a given application, service or workflow in a cloud-native application. Here, AWS promotes the common use of these AI-based services to support personalized recommendations, modernizing your contact center, improving safety and security, and increasing customer engagement.

And of course if Google and AWS are offering AI-based services Microsoft Azure is sure to have a robust offering as well. Microsoft Azure offers similar AI-based services with the aim to allow organizations to build mission-critical solutions that can analyze images, interpret speech, train models based on data provided by organizations and even imitate human behavior. 

Rather than reinventing the wheel, organizations can access AI-based applications and services in these cloud environments to quickly incorporate AI into an existing or upcoming project. This is truly a revolutionary model. Of course, Google, AWS and Azure have massive development teams using incomprehensible computing resources to accelerate AI, something that would be extremely costly to do in-house. However, by making these services easily accessible, organizations can incorporate these technologies into their technology stack fairly easily. Now, as many new innovative start ups pop up in new tech-centric hubs of the country such as Austin TX, Northern California and other parts of the  country, could now be the time to move on AI?

When is the Right Time to Move on AI?

So, it begs the question, when is the right time to incorporate AI into your business? Well, with the ease of access and availability, it really comes down to determining when you are ready to enter the market and also determining how to leverage AI to enhance your business’s existing offering, service or solution. It’s important to note here, that incorporating AI shouldn’t be considered as a ‘nice to have’ or ‘something down the road’. Why do we say this? Because innovation is what allows organizations to remain competitive and AI will undoubtedly be a driving force over the next decade that accelerates innovation.

Consider if one organization incorporates to accelerate the offering of an existing solution while a competing organization opts to hold off on innovating in the same manner. Well, we’ve seen how this plays out. Organizations that choose not to innovate get left behind, while those organizations that continue to push forward, meet marketing needs and provide exciting, innovative solutions for their customers will succeed. 

So the question really isn’t ‘when is the right time to move on AI’ rather, it’s how can I capitalize on the offering of AI to enhance my existing offering today.

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