Five ways to go from reality check to real-world payoff
Think that artificial intelligence (AI) is hard? Turns out, you’re right, and for many business leaders, 2020 is the year of the “reality check,” when they lay the groundwork for a realistic AI-powered future. PwC’s third annual AI Predictions report shows that only 4% of executives surveyed plan to deploy AI enterprise-wide in 2020. A year ago, nearly 20% hoped to do the same.
So, what happened? Our annual survey, in conjunction with what we see in our AI Lab and working with clients to develop AI, analytics and automation strategies, reveals the primary reason for this retrenchment: the need to focus on fundamentals before enlarging AI projects.
Looking forward, these insights provide lessons in how business and technology executives are overcoming challenges, what their priorities are for AI progress and how they expect to reap rewards. Corporate America is—rightfully—still focused on capturing the expected $16 trillion in AI gains in the next decade. Ninety percent of executives surveyed believe that AI offers more opportunities than risks, and nearly half are expecting AI to disrupt either their geographical markets, the sectors in which they operate or both.
To help you make the right AI moves this year, we created this list of priorities. We predict the businesses that follow this blueprint will be poised for a more transformative payoff in the years ahead.
PwC’s annual AI Predictions survey explores the activities and attitudes of US business and technology executives across a range of industries who are involved in their organization’s AI strategies. Among this year’s 1,062 survey respondents, 54% hold C-suite titles, more than half work in IT and technology functions and 36% were from companies with revenues of $5 billion and up. The survey was conducted by PwC Research, PwC’s global Center of Excellence for market research and insight, in October 2019.