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Six key reasons why many organisations aren't ready to adopt AI

This blog introduces our new series, focused on how organisations can overcome the barriers to AI adoption

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Arran Speding

AI Specialist Lead

The ceaseless and remarkably intriguing evolution of Generative AI has been impossible to ignore, yet its practical adoption presents a global conundrum for businesses facing the realities of embracing such innovative technology. The root of this paradox – intense interest paired with cautious adoption – is intricate and multifaceted. On one hand, there is a discernible gap in understanding the practicality of AI and how it can be woven seamlessly into existing organisational systems. On the other hand, many businesses are confronted with a lack of essential infrastructure, technical skills and expertise in data management, which are critical for the successful integration of AI solutions. That aside, apprehensions about the financial outlay, the uncertainty of returns on these investments, and the complexities of ethical and regulatory considerations further intensify these challenges.

These barriers do not necessarily undermine the transformative potential of AI; rather, they underscore the necessity for a more strategic and informed approach in embracing AI within businesses. AI adoption is a journey that requires not just technological readiness, but a paradigm shift in thinking and strategy, a journey many businesses are still actively preparing for.

To help your organisation navigate the world of AI adoption, we'll be releasing a series of blog posts that will explore the key reasons why so many businesses are not yet poised to adopt AI. In the blog series, we’ll be covering the following:

  • Data, data, data - the shortage of expertise in data management
  • Infrastructure or in-for-a-shock - the lack of essential infrastructure
  • Mind the Gap - the expertise gap and lack of technical skills
  • Ch-ch-ch-changes - the resistance to change
  • AI don’t get it - AI literacy amongst leadership, understanding not only AI's potential, but also it's limitations
  • Show me the money! - uncertainty around immediate ROI (return on investment) despite significant investment required

Keep an eye on our website and on social media to find out when each post is live. In the meantime, you can check out this episode of our Explain IT podcast - Into an AI World. Or you can explore other AI-related blog topics, such as how AI will be impacting education or how Softcat can help your organisation transform its AI with Microsoft Copilot.