AI Consulting and Implementation
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Is your organization ready for Artificial Intelligence (AI)?
Increasingly, companies are investigating the potential implications of AI in their enterprise, and if and how they should adopt it.
With a view to addressing what preparation is necessary to make implementing this technology a truly competitive advantage, The Burnie Group offers you a comprehensive primer on AI, in its many forms, and the many issues that surround its implementation in business.
Additionally, we provide a range of services ranging from educational seminars that bring your organization up-to-date on AI technology, to comprehensive deep dive research and strategy development that results in an actionable AI strategy. Our team will work with you to pick the right direction and project for your company and help make sure that the competition and/or technology innovations don’t surprise you.
Our AI Consulting and Implementation capabilities
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What is Artificial Intelligence?
Artificial intelligence (AI) is the theory and area of computer science that develops systems designed to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. The concept of AI has existed for decades; Alan Turing first posed the question, “can machines think?” in his 1950 paper, “Computing Machinery and Intelligence.” However, the technology can still be considered to be in its early stages, and we are only now coming to terms with its massive potential.
Artificial intelligence is already being used to improve processes and solve complex problems that could previously only be addressed by humans. AI technologies such as Machine learning, deep learning, neural networks, and generative adversarial networks, have significantly advanced in recent years and are being used to accomplish complex tasks that were never before possible. With AI, machines are gaining the ability to understand language (natural language processing), see (machine vision), and make informed decisions (cognitive computing). These abilities are being applied across industries to perform tasks and solve problems.
What can AI do?
Artificial intelligence abilities are developing and advancing at a rapid pace. At the same time, businesses are experimenting with AI applications, often combining several abilities to accomplish complex tasks. These AI applications typically fall into seven categories:
Cognitive insight: Analyzing data to derive valuable insight, make predictions, and improve decision-making in complex domains. Read more here.
Engagement: Interacting with customers or employees in more “human” ways. Read more here.
Process automation: Automating expensive and time-consuming processes. Read more here.
Volume processing: Processing large amounts of data, including video and audio data. Read more here.
Sensing: “Seeing,” “hearing,” and responding to the natural world. Read more here.
Complex problem solving: Using a swarm of specialized AI engines to tackle complex, multi-layer tasks. Read more here.
Trying to understand Artificial Intelligence and its impact on your industry? We can help.
How can I use AI?
The central role of AI-powered solutions in the workplace is growing rapidly, changing the way companies approach business. Companies in almost every industry are recognizing the potential of AI’s many abilities and applications and are eager to harness it. In 2017, 81% of Fortune 500 CEOs listed “artificial intelligence and machine learning” as “important” or “extremely important” to their companies’ future. 
While the buzz around AI and the many stories of successful implementations are exciting, it is important to remember that this technology is not one-size-fits-all. Artificial intelligence powers many different cognitive tools, each with varying abilities—everything from machine vision to natural language processing. Different types of AI are designed to address specific tasks and problems. They must, therefore, be trained using different datasets.
For truly effective AI implementations, businesses must carefully consider how they will approach each of the following steps:
There are many companies and vendors that specialize in helping businesses adapt to AI technologies. There are also specialized management consulting firms—such as The Burnie Group—that work with client companies and vendors to understand how AI might impact their business and develop a company-specific strategy for implementing AI.
Interested in developing your own effective AI strategy? We can help.
Our AI consulting and implementation capabilities
AI can be transformative to a business and is very likely to have a disruptive impact on many industries.
The Burnie Group can help you figure out how best to leverage the technology. We can help you develop a comprehensive strategy to leverage AI for competitive advantage, as a means of accessing new markets, and of developing new business models. We can develop a competitive threat analysis so that you are aware of the potential impact to your industry and business and the potential plays of disruptive innovators. We can analyse processes and develop implementation plans for AI enhanced automation. We can advise you on available options, vendor selection, capabilities and track record, perform due diligence and validation of offerings.
Additionally, we can advise you on how to build and train a team and shape a culture compatible with an AI enhance business as well as setting up a centre of excellence to ensure efficient propagation and rollout of the technology. This service can help substantially reduce your risk and improve your odds of a successful AI implementation.
The Burnie Group can supply expert speakers—on both the technology and the business impact of Artificial Intelligence in a specific industry—for your corporate education event or seminars. We can cover topics ranging from AI 101 and the state of the technology to regulatory issues and real-world implementations. Dedicated seminars can range from single speaker half days, to as many as a dozen speakers for a number of days. They can be large audience format or designed around small working groups which are much more interactive and planning session oriented.
The Burnie Group can facilitate and provide consulting expertise for in-house or off-site workshops leading to a formal actionable report. The workshops typically last between ½ a day and a week. Depending on the objectives the workshops may be preceded with a study period of up to 2 weeks. They can range from strategic ideation to operations and implementation planning.
The Burnie Group artificial intelligence feasibility study covers the technical, business and financial viability of an AI solution for your organization. We can align technology and product or vendor capabilities to business objectives and detail implementation challenges and make risk mitigation recommendations. These studies can be very valuable to entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs looking to raise capital or build support for a project.
Should you wish to produce a company-sponsored white paper for either internal pollination of concepts or for external thought leadership purposes, The Burnie Group can provide technical writing and editing services to deliver such a paper. These papers require deep expertise and research, including interview time with the client and typically take about 4 weeks.
Robotic process automation is an incredibly pragmatic and cost-effective means of improving productivity. However, traditional RPA struggles with the efficiency constraints of its context dependency and inability to make judgment-based decisions; AI-enhanced RPA can remove these process bottlenecks in many situations. AI-enhanced RPA’s extended skill set ensures that it can be applied to a much broader class of business processes.
Because RPA software robots mimic human actions using existing interfaces, companies do not have to make changes to their systems. The robots themselves are so easily programmed that minimal involvement from the IT department or expensive programmers is required. The entire system is scalable, as the simple programming makes it possible for multiple users to deploy additional robots to handle tasks as needed. This means that, in most cases, businesses see a positive ROI in just five to nine months.
Other Intelligent Automation opportunities include:
NLP: understanding, interpreting and manipulating human language to bridge the gap between natural human communication and computer understanding. Read more here.
Machine Vision: a combination of hardware and AI-based software that provides guidance to devices in the execution of their tasks based on the capture and processing of images. Read more here.
IVA: An intelligent virtual agent is a human-like chat bot commonly displayed on website home pages and advertisement landing pages that can interact with the user.
Machine Learning: A field of artificial intelligence that gives computers the ability to “learn” from data without being explicitly programmed at every step of the way. Read more here.
Deep Learning: is a subfield of machine learning that uses algorithms inspired by the structure and function of biological brains called artificial neural networks. Read more here.