Gartner notes significant uptick in enterprise AI implementation

More than one in three (37%) enterprises polled by analyst firm Gartner say they are deploying artificial intelligence (AI) – representing a 270% rise from four years ago.

The results show that though organisations across all sectors analysed use AI in a number of applications, there is an acute shortage of talent. The study, which surveyed more than 3,000 CIOs from various industries in 89 countries, aims to help these professionals and, along with other IT leaders, set and validate their management agendas for the coming year.

Chris Howard, distinguished research vice president at Gartner, said: “Four years ago, AI implementation was rare, only 10 percent of survey respondents reported that their enterprises had deployed AI or would do so shortly. For 2019, that number has leapt to 37% — a 270% increase in four years.

“If you are a CIO and your organisation doesn’t use AI, chances are high that your competitors do and this should be a concern.”

The deployment of AI increased from 25% in 2018 to 37% at the start of 2019. Gartner argued that this rise was due to the day-to-day maturing ability of the AI technology and willingness shown by enterprises to implement the technology.

A study from Barclaycard in November suggested that CIOs in some instances were actively adopting AI rather than just considering implementing new technologies. A total of 100 CIOs in the UK were surveyed for the study in which 10 CIOs were piloting or using IoT solutions, while 35% piloting or adopting blockchain technologies and 45% using AI to some degree. Also, 56% said they planned to implement IoT projects in the next five years, whereas 43% plan to adopt AI in the next five years.

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