What is the trend?

In 2023, we noticed many of our clients beginning to embark on their initial AI Journey. It was more of a Skunkworks type effort, often deep within the data organization. In some ways, this makes sense as there are data state prerequisites to training models and beginning to use AI to solve business problems. In 2024, we're looking forward to helping our clients take the next step and bring AI out into the broader product development teams, bringing it closer to the business units and the software development teams who commonly work on a company's core product stack.

Why is this trend important?

So to unlock the true potential of AI, it needs to become a mainstream skill set among an organization's technology staff. Just like object-oriented programming, or microservices architectures once moved from academia to R&D and into the mainstream, AI is going to do the same thing. This is not a fad that will come and go but rather a foundational technique that will be baked into every business process and technology solution. Something both business leaders and software developers will need to understand.

What is Valorem Reply doing to prepare for this trend?

So Valorem Reply is supporting the broadening of AI Knowledge and skills by partnering shoulder-to-shoulder with our clients' application development organizations to build out AI tooling, not as a standalone proof of concept but as an integrated part of core applications. As we bring our expertise to the table, we're also transferring knowledge to product teams and business stakeholders who will grow and involve these Solutions on their own long after we are gone.