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  • Writer's pictureSaurabh Pangarkar

Get the Best Out of AI for Your Business



While most businesses are clued in to what's happening on the AI front, and want to leverage it to stay in the game and not get left behind by the business, not all of these have a clear idea about how to achieve that. Let us look at what businesses need to get right to get the best out of AI for their business.


1. Having a clear idea of business needs and strategic objectives


Before taking the momentous decision of adopting AI for your business, it would be a great idea to be absolutely clear about your business needs and the objectives you seek to achieve. There should also be a clear understanding of your existing processes and you should be able to pinpoint where you could deploy AI to carry out a number of efficiency enhancing tasks. These could range from automating repetitive time-consuming tasks and helping you make better decisions to enhancement in efficiency and improving customer experiences. A clear vision about your business objectives will help you implement AI in the best possible way for your business.


2. Going for the right AI solution


When it comes to AI solutions available to a business there's a whole slew of them ranging from chatbots and natural language processing to machine learning and deep learning. The important thing is to zero in on something that suits your organization's needs in the best possible manner. It is, therefore, imperative for an organization to research the various AI technologies and platforms available on the market and rate them in terms of their ease of integration, scalability and flexibility.

One should find out how the various vendors stack up in terms of their reputation, the solution provided by them and their reliability in terms of the support they offer. You can base your choice on the ability of a vendor to provide you with a solution that is in sync with your business's existing infrastructure.


3. Putting a data strategy in place


For AI to be effective, it needs access to large amounts of data to enable it to make accurate predictions. Having a clear data strategy in place is, therefore, a prerequisite to implementing data. Any data strategy that hopes to be successful should have a clear idea about sourcing every type of data required and have a firm handle on the ways and means of gathering, storing and accessing the data. You should also be able to ensure the strictest data privacy regulations.

Apart from the above, somebody has to be assigned to maintain the data. Finally, you should possess the wherewithal to leverage data analytics in a manner that helps you to obtain insights and discern trends.


4. Assembling an IT team


Putting together a strong IT team is of the essence for the successful implementation of an IT strategy. While the nature of an AI project determines the composition of your team, you may at the very least have to include data scientists, data engineers, machine learning experts and domain professionals. Besides, you may be required to turn to both in-house talent or consider hiring the necessary people. Other alternatives include joining hands with AI consultancies.


5. Training an AI Model


After zeroing in on the right AI solution and gathering the required data you need to get down to the business of training your AI model by providing it access to a sufficiently large and comprehensive dataset allowing the model to learn patterns to enable it to make incisive predictions. You need to consult with data scientists as well as AI professionals to ensure that your AI model is up to speed when it comes to providing accurate decisions that tie in with your business goals.


6. Rolling Out the AI Model


The integration of the AI model zeroed in by you is a crucially important operation as it involves modifying your existing processes. A smooth roll out that does not disrupt the current workflows is the best way forward. It makes eminent sense to involve all the key stakeholders and provide them with all necessary support and training to enable a smooth implementation of AI driven workflows and operations.


7. Evaluation and Improvement


After implementing the AI model, you need to monitor and evaluate the performance regularly to ensure that it is functioning the way it should be and leading to outcomes that you expect. It would be wise to put KPIs in place that ensure that these are in sync with your organization's goals and objectives. At the same time one would be well advised to watch out for AI bias in the available datasets and weed it out before release to prevent any skewed analyses and recommendations from damaging a business’s prospects instead of improving them. Furthermore, analyzing the results on a regular basis allows you to identify the glitches and identify room for improvement. With time the model will get better and better allowing your business to maintain its competitive advantage in the market.


Conclusion

Implementing AI successfully and fruitfully is just the beginning of the process of reaping the immense rewards of leveraging a technology with paradigm redefining possibilities. It is incumbent upon every business that wants to thrive in the digital age to get this first part right to get the best out of AI for their business.





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