The four steps in an organization's AI-journey

We have developed a four-step model which will help to find where you are and where you are going. By answering a few simple control questions, it gets easier for you to navigate further regarding what the next step is for your organization. It will enable you to use the latest technology in the best kind of way.

Do you have the right prerequisites? (Identify)

First step in the model is to examine your organization's internal environment. We ask you to do this so you can identify which part of your company can use this innovative intelligent solutions the most. If you introduce new technology in several parts of the organization at the same time the result is normally that the projects become longer, more expensive and not at all as effective as expected. Focus on what's most important for your company and identify where an intelligent solution is most needed. So you should always start with a current internal analysis to ensure you have the right prerequisites required for a successful project.

Do you have the right competence? (Educate)

Making sure that you have the right competence for those that are intended to carry out the projects for you is crucial for success. Identify if you need to either hire the right competence or educate your existing resources in Deep Learning, Computer Vision or Machine Learning. It is equally important that the management team is familiar with what the new technology can do for your organization in order to greenlight the correct projects. This includes which areas it is possible to do most good and which projects strategically meet the organization's long-term goals. A recommendation is that the management team takes a course in basic AI knowledge in order to ensure that the right project is started within the right part of the organization.

Do you have a long-term strategy? (Establish)

When the two steps above have been completed, it is time to plan the projects according to what is most useful for your organization. Most organizations look at material or manufacturing process cost savings, and neglect projects that focus on, for example, HR (reduce employee turnover), innovation (acceleration new product and service development) or other long-term benefits for your organization. Make sure to balance the projects according to both short- and long-term benefits and plan projects for all functions within the organization.

Is your organization ready to support an implementation? (Implement)

When it's time for implementing intelligent solutions it's important you have allocated the right resources needed for a successful implementation. If there is a lack of internal resources or important skills, consider the alternative to bring in an external party which can work on the projects you identified. Although the cost is initially higher, the value and benefit will be available much sooner compared to if you have been waiting for internal resources to become available.

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Original article from Niclas Anderström