Cloud technology has an important role to play in helping organisations successfully implement artificial intelligence, according to the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF)’s report, Breaking new ground with cloud.
Vanson Bourne surveyed 250 UK-based IT decision makers on behalf of CIF and found that 90 per cent of respondents said the cloud has helped their company to improve digital transformation efforts and become more effective as a business. It also showed that 86 per cent of those surveyed consider AI to be either very important or critical to their business, while 14 per cent have already completed the process of migrating applications to the cloud and are now using cloud to develop their AI strategy.
“Technologies like AI might promise to revolutionise businesses, but getting the best out of them takes time and effort, so businesses must think hard about the journey as well as the destination,” said David Terrar, CEO of CIF. “This means taking the time now to put in the groundwork and ensure your AI strategy is built on solid foundations and accurate, trusted training data. This covers not just your ability to develop and deliver the technology itself, but making sure your house is in order in every other aspect.
“There are lots of challenges to address in becoming an AI frontrunner in any given industry, and cloud remains a powerful enabler in this respect. As an established technology that continues to grow in sophistication, it offers an accessible and hugely effective way of streamlining IT and building a more resilient organisation. With stability in IT, ambitious AI projects become much easier to realise.”