In the past few months, I have gotten the following question a lot:

“What can I do today to prepare my organisation for the AI revolution?”

Indeed. Self-driving cars. Commercial drones. Smart cameras. Movie and music creation. Powerful & intelligent robots. Over the past few years, a new revolution has brought AI almost to the level of science-fiction. However, most companies are not worried about far-off futuristic applications of AI, they want to know what AI can do — today — for their organisations. Distinguishing the hype from reality can be a bit confusing, especially when you consider the attention that AI gets from the media and commentators.

Understand what AI is

Before figuring out any AI strategy, it is always a good practice to understand what are we talking about and especially what constitutes AI.

Data collection

Training AI algorithms to solve problems may seem like a far-fetched idea today but the reality is that that day will come sooner or later. When that day comes, you want to be ready with a large amount of data in order to train the AI algorithms. This means one very important thing:

Understand processes that you want to augment

In other words, learn how AI can help your company.

Start with the low-hanging fruits

When you start off your AI journey, the most logical first step should be picking up the low-hanging fruits.

Learning — Enable skills diversification

Once you have picked up the low hanging fruits, you will need to get deeper in the AI rabbit-hole and especially tailor it to your company needs. High level AI services are great but they are pre-trained on general datasets so can’t be tuned to your particular use case.

Principal Technical Evangelist, Architecture @awscloud ☁️ I break stuff .. mostly. Opinions here are my own.