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Businesses need to prioritize skills to maximize value from AI: Microsoft


Senior executives predict half of all employees will be equipped with AI skills in the next 6-10 years

Microsoft India has released new research revealing that organizations that combine deployment of AI with skilling initiatives are generating most value from AI.

Topline findings of the research underscore that mature AI firms are more confident about the return on AI and skills. Over 93 percent of senior executives surveyed from these companies were sure their business was gaining value from AI. The research further highlights that employees from mature AI companies are eager to deepen their AI skills and reinvest freed up time to add value for the organization.

The research surveyed employees and leaders within large enterprises across industry verticals in India, and 19 other countries, to look at the skills needed to thrive as AI becomes increasingly adopted by businesses, as well as the key learnings from early AI adopters.

“AI is at the heart of digital transformation – which has accelerated at an extraordinary pace – and will continue to play a critical role in helping businesses be more agile, resilient and competitive during this time,” said Dr Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft India.

“However, the path of unlocking the full potential of AI lies in combining its deployment with skilling initiatives that focus on both tech and soft skills.”

Organization leaders surveyed predicted that half of all employees will be equipped with AI skills in the next 6-10 years, which is nearly one-and-a-half times more than the present estimations.

In India, 100 percent of the AI-leading companies say they are actively building the skills of their workers or have plans to do so. Notably, 98 percent of the employees surveyed among all the AI companies were highly motivated for reskilling.

Notably, at the time the survey was conducted, 98 percent of AI Leading firms in India were increasing skills investments.

The overall number of Indian employees who were interested in skilling (85 percent) is more than double of that of employees across all surveyed markets (38 percent).

Both the senior executives and employees surveyed found a direct link between having the skills needed to thrive in an AI world and the value organizations gain from their AI implementations.

The combination of skilling and AI deployment is helping businesses succeed. 94 percent of senior executives from AI Leading businesses acknowledged that they are already seeing value from AI deployment. In fact, Indian AI Intermediate companies are also not too far behind in this aspect – with 87 percent sharing the same view. The gap between the two categories across all the countries surveyed, however, is much wider at 25 percent.

The research shows that AI leading firms are focused on ensuring that AI is complementing the talents of their people. These businesses are cultivating employee skills across every category – ranging from advanced data analysis and critical thinking to communications and creativity.

“We’re seeing a virtuous circle emerge among the companies seeing the greatest value from AI. These leaders have seen that having the right skills enables them to unlock value from AI, which encourages them to extend their use of AI and, in turn, continue in up-leveling skills in their organization,” said Dr Srivathsa.

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