Artificial intelligence offers manufacturers a host of benefits. These include better visibility into supply chains, insights from predictive analytics and the ability to respond to unexpected changes in demand more efficiently and quickly. Here’s a six-step roadmap for manufacturers looking to integrate AI into their business.
Six-Step AI Roadmap for Manufacturers
- Acknowledge AI’s potential
Engage the C-suite in dialogue about how best to use AI. Allocate resources for specific AI projects and set priorities across the business. Pick company AI “agents” who can create business cases, develop metrics and put AI solutions into action.
- Transform and plan
Create an AI plan that includes key performance indicators in line with your business strategy. Establish a special data unit to address needs AI could help support, such as data collection and cleansing.
- Build your data foundation and structure
Convert any remaining nondigital data, “clean up” other data sources so they don’t contain errors or duplicates and add structure to boost your data quality and effectiveness.
- Create an external “partnership ecosystem”
If your business doesn’t have in-house AI expertise, engage outside experts such as start-ups, academic specialists and consultancies.
- Leverage in-house AI expertise
Employ outside AI experts to teach other staff members about data science. Your existing workforce will need this information to learn new skills and fulfill new responsibilities.
- Create architecture and infrastructure
Consider using standardized infrastructure service offerings that can slot easily into your existing business setup. This will make integration much smoother.
Why does AI matter? Manufacturers that create AI-friendly cultures today are positioning themselves to boost customer and employee satisfaction tomorrow—and they’re gaining a competitive edge to boot.