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Businesses of all sizes need to successfully scale artificial intelligence (AI) to stay competitive and thrive into the future.

For our recent AI: Built to scale report, we polled 1,500 C-suite executives from global organizations across 16 industries to determine the extent to which AI enables their business strategy, top characteristics required to scale AI and the financial results when it’s done successfully.

The numbers are enlightening:

  • 84% of executives say they won’t achieve growth objectives without scaling AI.
  • 75% believe they risk going out of business in five years if they don’t scale AI.
  • 76% acknowledge they know how to pilot, but struggle to scale AI across the business.

Organizations know the “why” of AI, but the “how?” That’s where applied intelligence professionals come in. Leaders know scaling AI for their business is imperative, and most also acknowledge that they need help doing it.

AI is a team-based effort

The effort of scaling AI calls for embedding multidisciplinary teams throughout the organization—teams with clear sponsorship from the top, ensuring alignment with the C-suite vision.

For what we call “Strategic Scalers,” which is where an estimated 15-20 percent of companies fall, these teams are most often headed by the Chief AI, Data or Analytics Officer. They’re comprised of data scientists; data modelers; machine learning, data and AI engineers; visualization experts; data quality, training and communications and other specialists.

Embedding these professionals across the organization is not only a powerful signal about the strategic intent of the scaling effort; it also enables faster culture and behavior changes.

And the need for these multidisciplinary teams creates a world of AI career opportunities.

AI in action

The people of Accenture Digital are harnessing the power of the New to employ applied intelligence—combining intelligent technology and human ingenuity at the core of business—to help address the most complex business challenges for the world’s leading companies.

Our diverse, global team of data scientists and AI specialists are unlocking the value of analytics, automation and AI and paving the way for innovation. Working with machine learning and AI, our people focus on customer hyper-personalization and see the impact of their projects in the real world, like modeling for testing new drugs and surveillance video analytics.

Transform industries and guide the world’s leading companies into the New with the work you do each day. Find your fit with Accenture.


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