Evolution is the only constant in human life. This statement is more pertinent for technology which constantly shapes our lives today. And as a major disruptor in the technology landscape, the evolution of Artificial Intelligence looms large. Every segment of business across operations, marketing, sales, research and development, finance, human resources, and services is using AI-enabled applications and tools to redefine the future of work. This calls for a radical shift in the way technology is managed within various industry functions: with new knowledge, new skills, new capabilities and newer ways of solving problems.
Here are a few reasons why AI expertise needs to be widespread among every professional.
Because it is not just about the tech team.
While organizations are trying to grasp the challenges of developing AI capabilities for themselves, there is often a misconception that hinders their progress.
It is often assumed that because Artificial Intelligence is a byproduct of tech innovation, it’s the onus of tech experts to acquaint themselves with the same, as they would do with any other new technology. It is a myth that needs to be busted right away.
The all-pervasive AI has forayed into every possible function, requiring respective professionals to prepare themselves adequately and adapt to a radical change of work functions. The need for understanding and exploring the possibilities in AI is not limited to the tech experts.
Professionals across different layers of an organization, irrespective of their job roles, need to have a working knowledge of AI and how they can integrate it within their domain. Another reason for acquiring AI expertise is the askew demand-supply curve. As every business function is using automation, it’s seeking an upgrade to move to the next step. And AI is the next step. To fulfill this rising demand, there isn’t enough supply of the right people with the right skills. Hence, it is only prudent, or rather strategic to spread the knowledge and understanding of AI than restricting it to tech specialists.
Because Business Leaders and CXOs must have it.
As a leader and chief decision-maker, you are at the helm of every function. You might think that instead of going through the curve, you can easily hire an AI expert, or even outsource your entire requirement to a company managing such technologies. But for a CXO, AI is about building a culture of data-based decision making. And change always starts from the top. AI helps crunch numbers, identify patterns, and make faster data-driven decisions. It also helps in setting better objectives for the whole organization.
Because Project and Product Managers will need it.
As a project or product manager, a significant proportion of your work will involve the use of AI. AI helps you leverage predictive analytics and improve the project decision-making process. If not today, very soon, your work processes are going to change, since every other function is undergoing change, and you will have no choice but to adapt and align yourself with the fast-changing systems. But why wait till the eleventh hour? Prepare yourself for the changes in advance and be future-ready.
Because Research Analysts can’t do without it.
Data is the cornerstone of decision making across all business functions. And analysts are the real magicians who do wonders with the data, by collating, analyzing, interpreting, and deriving momentous outputs from mere numbers. With more data points being identified across every aspect of the business, AI can be the savior for a smooth journey of data analysis. There are and will always be micro-levels of data that need to be identified but often overlooked by humans. By leveraging AI-based tools, it will get easier to unearth hidden insights and yield sharper and more exact results.
Because Developers cannot grow without it.
For any data engineer, data architect, programmer or developer, upgrading their expertise with AI is the way forward for the next level of professional evolution. As AI systems begin to develop code, making programming more automated, AI will displace some of the more labor-intensive jobs. As a result, coding professionals need to have an understanding of how AI-powered systems operate.
By being at the forefront of AI development across various business functions, you not only stand up to the current industry challenges but also carve a niche for yourself. Whenever there is a change, we instinctively begin adapting. Like industrial revolutions, AI is revolutionizing everything we know. And to make yourself aware of such a change, you need to educate, empower, and enroll yourself into understanding and learning what it entails.