Artificial intelligence is expected to make a big splash in this year, but that doesn’t automatically mean that every business should make use of it. As is true of any investment, it’s important to analyze how a specific device will benefit the operation and growth of your business. This is especially true for small businesses with limited budgets. Before investing in a new technology, use this process to help you determine how advantageous the innovation will be for your business.
Will it Solve a Problem?
In general terms, every new technology you introduce into your business’ operations should address a problem. Start by identifying your operation’s biggest problems. The solution to the problem you choose to address should solve the problem in a way that deeply impacts the ROI of buying the AI device. If the solution isn’t going to substantially improve your business’ growth, it may not be worth the money it costs to invest in it.
Will AI Make Your Organization More Competitive
There are already many ways that AI is being used to help businesses become more competitive in the global marketplace. For instance, platforms that collect and analyze data are helping businesses identify who their consumers are and what appeals to them. If the device or software isn’t going to give you an edge over your competitors, it may just be a superficial and ineffective use of your resources.
Will You Be Able to Measure Progress
Once you implement the technology and begin feeding it data, how well will it perform? Before you invest in the technology, determine your goals and a timeline for achieving them. As you begin using the AI technology, chart your progress towards that goal. How effectively the AI helps you reach your goals will tell you if it will be worthwhile to continue its use.
Like any type of technology, there are many applications for artificial intelligence, but not all of them will benefit your business. Before investing in any new technology, take the time to determine how you expect it to improve your business’ operation and growth. If you don’t expect it to provide a substantial improvement, it may be best to forgo using the technology. Your goal should be to invest in technologies that increase productivity and growth for your business.