AI Initiatives to Accelerate As Organizations Want to Secure Competitive Advantages

IBL News | New York

Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiatives continue to accelerate as more organizations embrace the digital transformation of their core operations, research firm Gartner said in its last report, “Hype Cycle for Artificial Intelligence, 2021,” and as shown in the graphic below.

As a result, business firms will further explore emerging technologies to secure competitive advantages, such as nonfungible tokens (NTF), sovereign cloud, data fabric, generative AI, and composable networks.

“Technology innovation is a key enabler of competitive differentiation and is the catalyst for transforming many industries. Breakthrough technologies are continually appearing, challenging even the most innovative organizations to keep up,” said Brian Burke, Research Vice President at Gartner.

There are four trends that are driving AI innovation in the near term, stated Gartner.

  • Responsible AI. “Stakeholders are demanding increased trust, transparency, fairness, and auditability of AI technologies,” according to Svetlana Sicular, Research Vice President at Gartner.
  • Small and wide data. “By 2025, 70 percent of organizations will be compelled to shift their focus from big to small and wide data, providing more context for analytics and making AI less data-hungry,” Gartner predicts.
  • Operationalization of AI platforms. “Only half of AI projects make it from pilot into production, and those that do take an average of nine months to do so,” said Sicular.
  • Efficient use of resources. “Given the complexity and scale of the data, models and compute resources involved in AI deployments, AI innovation requires such resources to be used at maximum efficiency,” Gartner explains.






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