The Doppler Quarterly Summer 2017 - Page 3

The Doppler Effect I was just out of college when I started to use artificial intelligence (AI) sys- tems. I’d heard about it, including the science fiction angle, but really did not understand the power until I built sys- tems using AI tech. Okay, and yikes, that was over 30 years ago. So why did AI not take off then? A better question is: Why is it taking off now? In a word: cloud. In the past, AI was too processing intensive, and required a data center full of servers to really get the systems running at the pace they needed. Thus, if businesses wanted to leverage AI, they had to go all in for several million dollars, and that was for a single system. Moreover, for the types of logical processes that most businesses leverage during the first generation of business automation, AI was a bit of overkill at the time. Today, any business can afford machine learning or other AI services from major cloud providers for hundreds of dollars a month. Not only are these services much cheaper and quicker to implement, they are also light years ahead in capabilities and the ability to deliver business value. As you’ll find in this edition of The Dop- pler Quarterly, AI is about solving busi- ness problems in novel ways. It stretches across any organization from innovation and R&D to IT and data sci- ence. As we explore the power of AI along with the power of cloud, we’re finding new applications everyday, and AI is finally paving its way within businesses. Of course Gartner analysts agree: “By 2020, artificial intelligence will be a priority for more than 30% of CIOs.” “By 2021, 40% of new enterprise appli- cations implemented by service pro- viders will include artificial intelli- gence technologies.” “By 2018, digital business will require 50% fewer business process workers and 500% more key digital business jobs, compared with traditional models” Indeed, early adopters will gain a dis- ruptive edge over competitors as they drive the systemic and cultural shifts that accompany more human and intu- itive interactions with systems and “things.” What does this mean? This means that businesses new and old, big and small, will be able to reinvent their systems using AI and cloud computing, and end up building a disruptive and exploding business. We’ve heard the Uber and AirBnB success stories, but we really haven’t seen anything yet in terms of innovation. We’re starting in 2017. If you’ve not guessed yet, this edition of The Doppler Quarterly explores cloud-enabled artificial intelligence. The good news is that the cloud and AI are coupled, and thus it’s easy to use and cost effective. The bad news is that most people don’t yet understand AI, including the use cases and how to define business value. We hope that reading this issue will change that. David Linthicum SVP, Cloud Technology Partners SUMMER 2017 | THE DOPPLER | 1