IDG Contributor Network: The cloud was just the beginning – have you considered the impact of AI?

For years, the cloud has been considered as the most powerful and disruptive force ever.

The cloud delivers the necessary tool set to support the digital evolution on a very technological level to purchase, build and run an infrastructure, platform and software as service. Thus, the cloud must be considered as the foundation, the non-discussable requirement!

For IT as well as business decision makers, however, the voluntary exercise now is artificial intelligence (AI). Only if they can collect, aggregate, process and make use of the companies’ knowledge as well as the knowledge of the surrounding environments in an automated way, they will be competitive in the future.

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For years, the cloud has been considered as the most powerful and disruptive force ever.

The cloud delivers the necessary tool set to support the digital evolution on a very technological level to purchase, build and run an infrastructure, platform and software as service. Thus, the cloud must be considered as the foundation, the non-discussable requirement!

For IT as well as business decision makers, however, the voluntary exercise now is artificial intelligence (AI). Only if they can collect, aggregate, process and make use of the companies’ knowledge as well as the knowledge of the surrounding environments in an automated way, they will be competitive in the future.

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IDG Contributor Network: The Cloud Was Just the Beginning – Did You Ever Consider the Impact of Artificial Intelligence?

For years, the cloud has been considered as the most powerful and disruptive force ever. What is true for IT, however, it is hard to find legit arguments for the entire enterprise stack. The cloud delivers the necessary toolset to support the digital evolution on a very technological level to purchase, build and run an infrastructure, platform and software as service. Thus, the cloud must be considered as the foundation, the non-discussable requirement! However, for IT as well as business decision makers the voluntary exercise now is artificial intelligence (AI). Only if they can collect, aggregate, process and make use of the companies’ knowledge as well as the knowledge of the surrounding environments in an automated way, they will be competitive in the future.

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For years, the cloud has been considered as the most powerful and disruptive force ever. What is true for IT, however, it is hard to find legit arguments for the entire enterprise stack. The cloud delivers the necessary toolset to support the digital evolution on a very technological level to purchase, build and run an infrastructure, platform and software as service. Thus, the cloud must be considered as the foundation, the non-discussable requirement! However, for IT as well as business decision makers the voluntary exercise now is artificial intelligence (AI). Only if they can collect, aggregate, process and make use of the companies’ knowledge as well as the knowledge of the surrounding environments in an automated way, they will be competitive in the future.

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IDG Contributor Network: Welcome to the Hotel California of Artificial Intelligence

In 1977, the Eagles released “Hotel California”, a song about drugs and the effects an addiction has on people. Putting “We are all just prisoners here, of our own device” in the context of our today’s digital lifestyle we find a lot of truth. There is a reason why Google provides most of its services for free or why Amazon wants us to have an Echo in every home or why Facebook has become our directory of “friends”. What looks pretty convenient is a threat. It is a threat to the end consumers but also a threat to the established economy. And even if we have the choice to check out any time – we will never leave.

The Feast of the Beasts

After already two decades, the Internet giants – speaking of Amazon, Google, Facebook, Alibaba and Baidu – are still collecting tons of data, filling their databases with information of everyone’s knowledge, opinions, recommendations, locations, movements, buying behavior, relation status, lifestyle etc. This is not a secret and nothing new. And there is no end in sight. On the contrary, almost every month, new services or devices are released to provide a better user experience, make our life more convenient and increase our dose of digital addiction.

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In 1977, the Eagles released “Hotel California”, a song about drugs and the effects an addiction has on people. Putting "We are all just prisoners here, of our own device" in the context of our today’s digital lifestyle we find a lot of truth. There is a reason why Google provides most of its services for free or why Amazon wants us to have an Echo in every home or why Facebook has become our directory of “friends”. What looks pretty convenient is a threat. It is a threat to the end consumers but also a threat to the established economy. And even if we have the choice to check out any time – we will never leave.

The Feast of the Beasts

After already two decades, the Internet giants – speaking of Amazon, Google, Facebook, Alibaba and Baidu – are still collecting tons of data, filling their databases with information of everyone’s knowledge, opinions, recommendations, locations, movements, buying behavior, relation status, lifestyle etc. This is not a secret and nothing new. And there is no end in sight. On the contrary, almost every month, new services or devices are released to provide a better user experience, make our life more convenient and increase our dose of digital addiction.

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IDG Contributor Network: Introducing the AI-defined infrastructure

Software-defined infrastructure (SDI) are one of the most popular and ongoing trends within data centers and cloud environments leading to better infrastructure flexibility by developing the infrastructure based on scripts respectively source code. …

Software-defined infrastructure (SDI) are one of the most popular and ongoing trends within data centers and cloud environments leading to better infrastructure flexibility by developing the infrastructure based on scripts respectively source code. However, SDIs are more and more becoming just a means to an end since automation, sophisticated algorithms and thus intelligent systems are leading to an artificial intelligence-defined infrastructure (AI-defined infrastructure, or ADI).

SDI is not dead but only a means to an end

A SDI abstracts the software from the hardware layer. Thus, the intelligence is not implemented into the hardware components anymore and has been moved into a software stack. Based on software and a high degree of automation a SDI is designed to build and control an infrastructure mostly without human interaction.

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