The information technology sector has produced dozens of promising enterprise innovations in recent years. However, few offer as much potential as artificial intelligence-infused operations platforms. Analysts predict that this technology could transform the way companies do business, from product development to delivery. This sea change is unfolding quickly, according to Gartner. The technology research firm predicts that within three years, 20 percent of organizations worldwide will support employees whose primary job duties center on A.I.-based workflows. It is not farfetched to speculate that a select few of these professionals could occupy executive roles tailored to this new business climate. Will companies soon start searching for Chief A.I. Officers?
A.I. expert and Coursera CEO Andrew Ng believes this exact future is forthcoming, Fortune reported. Ng called A.I. “the new electricity” and explained that companies would be wise to begin recruiting entire teams dedicated to the technology, as it can impact virtually every business in every sector.
“My friends and I sometimes challenge each other to name an industry that will be difficult for A.I. to transform,” he explained.
“Within three years 20 percent of organizations worldwide will support employees whose primary job duties center on A.I.-based workflows.”
What skills might a potential CAIO possess? Software engineering experience would be essential, according to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Additionally, candidates with creative-thinking and problem-solving competencies would also do well in the role. Early CAIOs will indeed be required to navigate uncharted territory as they develop centralized methods for managing A.I. across the organization. Most importantly, professionals who occupy this position must be willing to learn. This technology is only just taking off, meaning these leaders will have to take in new developments as they go.
With A.I. in play, enterprises should reevaluate their recruitment needs and prepare for a future in which CAIOs populate the corner office. A forward-thinking talent acquisition firm like YES Partners can help. Our staff have their fingers on the pulse of the business world, leveraging their cutting-edge insight to help firms weather fundamental organizational shifts, including the emergence of A.I. technology.
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