94% of execs say AI will help them meet strategic challenges

Lindsay James
Lindsay James
By Lindsay James on 03 August 2018
94% of execs say AI will help them meet strategic challenges

According to new research from Microsoft and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), more than nine out of ten executives from around the world (94%) describe artificial intelligence (AI) as important to meeting their organisations’ strategic challenges.

Titled Intelligent economies: AI’s transformation of industries and societies, the research also found that, over the next five years, businesses expect AI to have a positive impact on growth (90%), productivity (86%), innovation (84%) and job creation (69%) in their country and industry.


More than one in four (27%) executives say their organisations have already incorporated the technology into key processes and services, while another 46% have one or more AI pilot projects under way.


The research draws on a survey of more than 400 senior executives working in various industries, including financial services, healthcare and life sciences, manufacturing, retail and the public sector. Survey respondents operate in eight markets: France, Germany, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Thailand, the UK and the US.


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