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Which of the two technologies was more history-altering – AI (Artificial Intelligence) or the Cloud?

The question can actually spark an unending debate. There is simply no right answer to it. The best thing about the way technology has changed our lives is that there was always more than one development of advancement driving the change. For decades, we have been reading about how the internet is the best thing that has happened to this world. Over time, the honor shifted to mobile communication. The past few years have been all about Cloud Computing. One thing that remained constant over all of these years and decades was Artificial Intelligence.

Just two decades ago, AI seemed like a concept that was limited to Hollywood movies and science fiction. Today, AI is behind most of the technology we are using. We have already witnessed the making of self-driving cars and some robots can pass standardized tests with flying colors. But is AI only limited to robotics?

Not quite! AI, when merged with other technologies, has the power to amplify their abilities and remove their limitations. It is doing the same to cloud computing.

What Will Happen When AI Meets Cloud Management?

Tech gurus are already working on a new breed of cloud computing technologies that are powered by AI. With Artificial Intelligence driving the applications, we can reach a whole new level of automation. We can expect self-driving applications actually capable of making a decision. The decisions will be based on real-time data and intelligent assessment of that data. Not only will it save time, but it will also ensure better, more calculated decisions. This is great news for enterprises dealing with Big Data.

As a matter of fact, we can say that Big Data has been a critical factor behind the merger of AI in cloud management. IoT (the Internet of Things) can also be counted as a Big Data accomplice as more and more enterprises are deploying technology based on IoT. We see a figurative explosion of data and we need smarter technology that can process, analyze, utilize, and manage it better in the least possible amount of time. 

The Age of AI Driven Enterprises

If you still think AI is a thing of the future, take a look at the smartphone in your hand. Apple or Android, every modern smartphone has a virtual assistant who not only helps you with your tasks but also makes a decision based on your previous patterns. Cortana, Alexa, Siri – it is all AI and, if you have been using them for a while, you know how they’ve made your life easier.

Moving on from consumers, enterprises are going to enjoy similar benefits. According to Google’s CEO, enterprises are moving from mobile-first to AI-first. The AI-first approach will optimize the way we collect, organize, secure, and even govern data by enterprises and data professionals. It would be easier to get clear and accurate insights from the data. More importantly, it would be easier to make optimal decisions based on that data. It will be easier to more efficiently leverage larger volumes of data.

Artificial Intelligence as a Service

As the cloud is merging with AI, many vendors have started to offer AI as a service through open source platforms. This has opened the door to smarter, more innovative solutions to problems that were previously too complicated or costly to resolve. AI-aaS will provide start-ups and small businesses an opportunity to shift to a smarter version of the cloud without paying an excessive amount of money.

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