How Can CIOs Keep Things on Track
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We’re at a crucial moment for businesses, and CIOs have a vital role to play. Think of AI as a Formula 1 car—fast and packed with advanced tech. In this analogy, CIOs are the drivers. Now, imagine the danger and cost if the driver can’t keep the car on track. That’s exactly what this article is about. 

We’ll be exploring how this Great Reconsideration, sparked by the rapid growth of AI, is impacting key strategic issues. We’ll cover data infrastructure, the pros and cons of owning your own AI model, shifts in work dynamics, team anxieties about these changes, and the essential role of attracting top talent to harness and benefit from this technology. 

"The development of AI is as fundamental as the creation of the microprocessor, the personal computer, the Internet, and the mobile phone. It will change the way people work, learn, travel, get health care, and communicate with each other." – Bill Gates.  

The AI Acceleration: What Are Its Origins?  

AI has been around for decades, but the introduction of generative AI tools like ChatGPT has propelled it into the mainstream with their conversational and accessible interfaces. According to McKinsey, generative AI could add between $2.6 and $4.4 trillion in annual value to the global economy. What’s behind this surge?  

Well, there’s more than one reason:  

  1. Algorithms are stronger. Advancements in machine learning and neural networks, especially deep learning techniques like CNNs and RNNs, have significantly boosted AI’s ability to understand and generate complex data.  

  1. We have supercomputers in our hands. The surge in computational power, thanks to GPUs and TPUs, has enabled the training of sophisticated AI models. Companies like NVIDIA have developed GPUs that are essential for handling the intensive computations required by AI, facilitating faster and more efficient model training. 

3. There’s data everywhere, ready to be leveraged. The explosion of digital data provides the raw material that AI needs to learn and improve. From social media to transaction records, the sheer volume of available data allows AI models to achieve higher accuracy and reliability.  

4. Open-source is driving innovation. Open-source platforms like TensorFlow and PyTorch have democratized AI development. Researchers and developers can share their work and collaborate globally, accelerating innovation and making advanced AI tools accessible to a wider audience.  

5. Everyone wants a piece of AI. The demand for AI across various industries has skyrocketed. Sectors like healthcare, finance, and retail are integrating AI to enhance efficiency and create new opportunities. This widespread interest drives continuous investment and advancement in AI technologies.  

Full Speed Ahead with AI: Can CIOs Keep Things on Track?  

The push to integrate AI into business operations is speeding up, and no one wants to be left behind. 

Falling behind in AI adoption could mean significant financial losses. To put this into perspective: A McKinsey report on generative AI and productivity found that generative AI has the potential to add between $2.6 trillion and $4.4 trillion in global corporate profits annually. It’s clear that there’s a huge opportunity for companies to benefit from GenAI, but those slow to adopt this technology risk falling way behind their competitors. 

However, CIOs must manage AI adoption at full speed but with caution to avoid getting off track. Rushing into AI without proper oversight can lead to costly errors, data breaches, and inefficient implementations. For instance, according to a recent report, 42% of organizations have experienced AI project failures within the past two years, with an average failure rate of 36% per organization. Additionally, Gartner highlights that by 2024, 75% of organizations will move from AI piloting to operationalizing, but without proper governance, 85% could face severe issues.  

If a company exposes the data of thousands of customers because of a failure in the data pipeline used to train the LLM, it could have devastating consequences for your brand’s reputation, losing customer and investor trust, as well as significant financial losses and fines.  

At Inclusion Cloud, we’re here to help you stay ahead in the AI race and boost productivity across your business—without losing control or risking any missteps. 

These are the five strategic aspects that CIOs must consider to ensure a seamless transition to an AI-driven enterprise.  

1. Discover Where AI Can Make a Big Impact 

Finding the spots where AI can really make a difference is key. This means looking at your business processes to see where AI can boost efficiency, cut costs, or create new revenue streams. Focus on areas with lots of data and where automation can take over repetitive tasks for quick wins. 

2. Data Infrastructure Really Matters  

A flexible, scalable, and efficient data infrastructure is the foundation for successful AI implementation. Generative AI’s ability to use unstructured and buried data can unlock immense business value. Investing in advanced data infrastructures, such as data lakehouses, democratizes access to data, enhances security, and combines low-cost storage with high-performance querying, enabling wider AI initiatives.  

3. It’s Time to Put Ownership on the Map  

While owning your AI models can ensure accountability and management, it might not always be the right strategy for every organization. According to a report by MIT Technology Review, 78% of CIOs consider scaling AI a top priority, but 58% also find leveraging a hybrid approach involving both custom and pre-built models beneficial. Balancing between owning and third-party models can help manage costs and adapt to changing business needs.  

4. The Cloud Is Your Growth Engine  

Cloud platforms are critical in spreading AI models far and wide, offering the necessary setup for leveraging powerful computing resources as needed. In our CEO’s Guide to the Generative AI Value Chain, it is projected that tech leaders will increase spending on cloud services in 2024.  

Gartner predicts that the global cloud market will reach $678.8 billion in 2024, a 20.4% increase from $563.6 billion in 2023. The biggest growth is anticipated in cloud infrastructure, which is essential for running AI, software, and applications.   

Cloud infrastructure provides the computational power and scalability required to train complex AI models efficiently and cost-effectively. Additionally, cloud platforms enable the rapid deployment and iteration of AI applications, allowing organizations to innovate and adapt swiftly. This flexibility allows companies to scale AI operations up or down based on current needs without the hefty investments and limitations of on-premise hardware.  

5. Is Your Team Ready for GenAI?  

Your team needs to be ready for the challenges and opportunities brought by Gen AI. This might require upskilling existing employees or bringing in external expertise. Outsourcing can help augment your team or provide dedicated talent for specific tasks, ensuring you have the right skills to drive AI success without causing anxiety or overwhelming your current staff.  

Does Talent Make the Difference for Successful AI Adoption? 

Just like a world champion driver navigates curves and overtakes rivals with precision and control, CIOs need to act swiftly and strategically to steer AI initiatives toward success. 

At Inclusion Cloud, we believe that every tech initiative relies on the right talent to become a tangible reality. For a successful adoption, you’ll need key roles such as data scientists, who develop and fine-tune AI models; data engineers, who build and maintain the data infrastructure; AI ethics specialists, who ensure the responsible use of AI; and cloud architects, who manage scalable cloud environments.  

These experts form the backbone of a successful AI strategy, driving innovation while maintaining the integrity and efficiency of operations.  

We’re here to help you scale GenAI in your business, transforming this productivity booster into a revenue driver. Book a call with us to get started.  

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