“’Four years ago, AI implementation was rare, only 10% of survey respondents reported that their enterprises had deployed AI or would do so shortly,’ said Chris Howard of Gartner. “For 2019, that number has leapt to 37% – a 270% increase in four years. “If you are a CIO and your organization doesn’t use AI, chances are high that your competitors do, and this should be a concern.”
there’s a correlation between the lack of enthusiasm CMOs feel for their digital performance and the fact that only 36 percent of global marketing decision makers telling Forrester they use AI.
Yet only 7 percent of Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs)surveyed recently by IBMsaid that their digital transformation initiatives were exceeding their expectations.
The US Census Bureau pegsQ2 e-commerce salesat $127.3 billion, an estimated 9.6 percent of all US retail sales in the second quarter of this year. Online sales, number of orders and overall traffic to e-commerce sites are all up. On average, consumers spend $114.19 per online order”
“Let’s examine the 2019 strategic predictions.I’ll look at the 2019technology trends next time.
Good, Silly and Weird Predictions
On October 16, Gartner published its “topstrategic predictions for 2019 and beyond.”It leads with the prediction that“AI skills don’t scale.”I love the way they describe the challenge:“through 2020, 80% of AI projects will remain alchemy, run by wizards whose talents will not scale in the organization.” This may be the most important observation-turned-prediction on the list. There’s no question there’s a shortage of AI talent. Demand is way outstripping supply, which means scalability, interoperability, standardization and best practices are in danger of atrophy. The only beneficiaries of the current shortage are the few with genuine skills and competencies whose compensation will continue to skyrocket. It’s time for everyone to invest in the education and training necessary to exploit the potential of AI, especially colleges and universities. Gartner got this one right.”