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Bernard Marr is a world-renowned futurist, influencer and thought leader in the fields of business and technology, with a passion for using technology for the good of humanity. He is a best-selling author of over 20 books, writes a regular column for Forbes and advises and coaches many of the world’s best-known organisations. He has a combined following of 4 million people across his social media channels and newsletters and was ranked by LinkedIn as one of the top 5 business influencers in the world.

Bernard’s latest books are ‘Future Skills’, ‘The Future Internet’, ‘Business Trends in Practice’ and ‘Generative AI in Practice’.

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Bernard Marr ist ein weltbekannter Futurist, Influencer und Vordenker in den Bereichen Wirtschaft und Technologie mit einer Leidenschaft für den Einsatz von Technologie zum Wohle der Menschheit. Er ist Bestsellerautor von 20 Büchern, schreibt eine regelmäßige Kolumne für Forbes und berät und coacht viele der weltweit bekanntesten Organisationen. Er hat über 2 Millionen Social-Media-Follower, 1 Million Newsletter-Abonnenten und wurde von LinkedIn als einer der Top-5-Business-Influencer der Welt und von Xing als Top Mind 2021 ausgezeichnet.

Bernards neueste Bücher sind ‘Künstliche Intelligenz im Unternehmen: Innovative Anwendungen in 50 Erfolgreichen Unternehmen’

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How Businesses Should (And Should Not) Use AI: A Strategic Blueprint

10 June 2024

Businesses often find themselves at a crossroads in the race to leverage artificial intelligence (AI). The lure of AI’s promise is undeniable—from enhancing customer experiences to automating routine tasks. Yet, how a company approaches AI can spell the difference between mere technological flirtation and achieving real, transformative outcomes. Here, I offer a strategic blueprint for businesses keen on not just piloting AI but also scaling it effectively.

How Businesses Should (And Should Not) Use AI: A Strategic Blueprint | Bernard Marr

Start With Strategy, Not Technology

The first rule of thumb for any business venturing into AI is simple: Start with your strategic goals, not the technology. AI is not a panacea that magically resolves all business challenges. Before diving in, companies need to identify clear use cases where AI can have a meaningful impact that is aligned with business objectives. Whether it's improving supply chain efficiencies, personalizing marketing efforts, or enhancing customer service, the key is to ensure that AI solutions address specific pain points and add tangible value.

Ethical Considerations And Bias Mitigation

As businesses explore AI, it's crucial to address the ethical implications and work actively to mitigate biases in AI models. For example, IKEA’s ethics board governs ethical AI deployment and ensures fairness in AI applications. By maintaining transparency in data and algorithmic processes, companies can prevent the detrimental effects of biased AI, thereby upholding both ethical standards and customer trust.

Regulatory Compliance And Legal Issues

A major misstep for businesses is underestimating the importance of legal compliance in AI implementations. Regulatory compliance, including adherence to data protection laws like GDPR in Europe and CCPA in California, must be a priority. A case in point is the healthcare sector, where companies have leveraged AI while rigorously adhering to HIPAA regulations, showcasing how compliance can be seamlessly integrated into innovative AI solutions.

Technology Infrastructure Requirements

Investing in AI without the necessary technology infrastructure is a common oversight. Effectively deploying AI requires robust technology infrastructure. Modern cloud AI solutions provide an illustrative example of integrating AI into existing IT ecosystems, offering advanced data storage and computing capabilities tailored to support intensive AI operations. Businesses must consider these infrastructure needs early in the planning process to ensure seamless AI integration and scalability.

The Pilot Paradox

A common pitfall for many companies is the enthusiasm to create AI pilots without a roadmap for scaling them. These pilots often generate buzz but fizzle out without leaving a substantial impact on the business. Scaling AI requires not just technological readiness but also alignment with business operations and strategic vision. A successful transition from pilot to scale involves meticulous planning, cross-functional collaboration, and, sometimes, a dose of courage to push through organizational inertia.

Cultivating The Right Culture

Technology may be at the heart of AI, but people are the soul. For AI to thrive, creating the right organizational culture is paramount. This means cultivating an environment where innovation is encouraged and failures are seen as stepping stones to success. Leadership support is critical in this endeavor. Leaders must not only endorse AI initiatives but also actively participate in fostering a culture that embraces change and technological advancement.

Taking People On The AI Journey

One of the biggest mistakes is overlooking the human aspect of AI adoption. Businesses need to ensure that they take their people along on the AI journey. This involves engaging with employees across all levels—talking, listening, and most importantly, addressing their concerns and aspirations regarding AI. Providing opportunities for staff to develop, learn, and experiment with AI technologies can demystify AI and help in building an AI-fluent workforce.

Learning And Sharing Best Practices

No business operates in a vacuum, and learning from others can accelerate AI adoption. Sharing best practices and learnings not only within the organization but also with peers and industry cohorts can provide fresh insights and prevent common pitfalls. This collaborative approach can lead to a more robust AI strategy that benefits from collective experiences and innovations.

The businesses that will thrive in today’s digital world are those that approach AI with a strategic lens, foster a culture of innovation and inclusivity, and scale their initiatives with precision. Remember, AI is more than just technology—it’s a transformative tool that, when wielded wisely, can redefine the very essence of how businesses operate and engage with their customers.

While AI presents immense opportunities, its successful integration requires thoughtful strategy, cultural readiness, and an inclusive approach toward change management. Businesses that recognize this will not only prevent the pitfalls of misapplied AI but will also position themselves as leaders in the intelligent technology frontier.

Business Trends In Practice | Bernard Marr
Business Trends In Practice | Bernard Marr

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Bernard Marr is a world-renowned futurist, influencer and thought leader in the fields of business and technology, with a passion for using technology for the good of humanity.

He is a best-selling author of over 20 books, writes a regular column for Forbes and advises and coaches many of the world’s best-known organisations.

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Bernard’s latest book is ‘Generative AI in Practice’.

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