The age of IA is here - and your infrastructure is not ready
A recent comprehensive survey by Cisco underscores a critical insight: the majority of businesses are racing against time to deploy AI technologies, yet they confront significant gaps in readiness across key areas. This analysis, derived from over 8,000 global companies, reveals an urgent need for enhanced AI integration strategies. You can go and read the original survey now (Cisco global AI readiness survey), but if you want to know how to apply this information in your business today, keep reading.
- 97% of businesses acknowledge increased urgency to deploy AI technologies in the past six months.
- Strategic time pressure: 61% believe they have a year at most to execute their AI strategy to avoid negative business impacts.
- Readiness gaps in strategy, infrastructure, data, governance, talent, and culture, with 86% of companies not fully prepared for AI integration.
The report highlights an AI Readiness Spectrum: to categorize organizations:
- Pacesetters: Leaders in AI readiness
- Chasers: Moderately prepared
- Followers: Limited preparedness
- Laggards: Significantly unprepared
This classification mirrors our approach at Teracloud using the Datera Data Maturity Model (D2M2) where we call it Data Prowess stages, and we use to guide our customers towards data maturity and AI readiness.
1.1. Practical Steps for AI Integration
We explore some recommendations that will help you to prepare your organization for the AI era.
1.1.1. Develop a Robust Strategy
- Prioritize AI in your business operations. The urgency is evident, with a substantial majority of businesses feeling the pressure to adopt AI technologies swiftly.
- Create a multi-faceted strategy that addresses all key pillars simultaneously. You can use our D2M2 framework and cover all bases. Alternatively you can base your strategy on the more generic AWS Well Architected Framework
1.1.2. Ensure Data Readiness
- Recognize the critical role of 'AI-ready' data. Data serves as the AI backbone, yet it is often the weakest link, not because we don't have data but because it is not accessible.
- Tackle data centralization issues to leverage AI's full potential. Using cloud tools you can still have the information scattered but consume it using a single endpoint, for instance using Amazon Athena and other tools.
- Facilitate seamless data integration across multiple sources. Employing tools like AWS Glue can help in automating the extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) processes, making diverse data sets more cohesive and AI-ready.
1.1.3. Upgrade Infrastructure and Networking
- To accommodate AI's increased power and computing demands, over two thirds (79 per cent) of companies will require further data center graphics processing units (GPUs) to support current and future AI workloads.
- AI systems require large amounts of data. Efficient and scalable data storage solutions, along with robust data management practices, are essential.
- Fast and reliable networking is necessary to support the large-scale transfer of data and the intensive communication needs of AI systems.
- Enhance IT infrastructure to support increasing AI workloads.
- Focus on network adaptability and performance to meet future AI demands.
1.1.4. Implement Robust Governance and Security
- Develop comprehensive AI policies, considering data privacy, sovereignty, bias, fairness, and transparency.
- AI-related regulations are evolving. A flexible governance strategy allows the organization to quickly adapt to new laws and standards.
- A solid governance framework is necessary to ensure AI is used ethically and responsibly, adhering to ethical guidelines and standards.
- Prioritize data security and privacy. Utilize AWS's comprehensive security tools like AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Amazon Cognito to safeguard sensitive data, a crucial aspect when deploying AI applications.
1.1.5. Focus on Talent Development
- Address the digital divide in AI skills. While most companies plan to invest in upskilling, there's skepticism about the availability of talent.
- Emphasize continuous learning and skill development.
1.1.6. Cultivate a Data-Centric Culture
- Embrace a culture that values and understands the importance of data for AI applications.
- Address data fragmentation: Over 80% of organizations face challenges with siloed data, a major impediment to AI effectiveness.
Understanding these findings is just the first step. Implementing them requires a strategic approach, one that we at Teracloud champion through our Datera Data Maturity Model (D2M2). Our model not only aligns with Cisco's categorizations but also offers a roadmap for businesses to evolve from AI Followers to Pacesetters.
For a deeper dive into the Cisco survey, access the full report: Cisco global AI readiness survey. To know more how Teracloud helps his customers enter the GenAI era, please contact us.
Conclusion: Adopting AI is no longer optional but a necessity for competitive advantage. By focusing on the six pillars of AI readiness, companies can transform challenges into opportunities, steering towards a future where AI is not just an ambition but a tangible asset driving business success.