Artificial Intelligence

AIaaS: Continuing the Cloud Computing Revolution 

May 8, 2024

By Koby Phillips, VP of Cloud Practice, Telarus 

Hi there, technology advisors and fellow cloud fans! Well, the time has come: Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere, if not in action at least in conversation. One particular buzz-worthy form of AI that is reshaping the landscape of cloud computing is Artificial Intelligence as a Service (AIaaS).  It’s turning what was once a complex, resource-intensive technology into an accessible and versatile tool. Let’s explore how AIaaS is impacting the cloud computing arena and what it means for businesses, consumers, and of course technology advisors. 

AIaaS: What is it? 

AIaaS is a model where AI technologies are offered via cloud computing. This service allows businesses and individuals to access AI capabilities without the hefty price tag of developing in-house AI systems. It’s like having a genius at your fingertips, ready to solve complex problems, without having to pay for their education! AIaaS is gaining popularity due to factors such as increased demand for AI-driven solutions, rising adoption of cloud-based services, and the need for cost-effective AI solutions among businesses of all sizes. Consider this: The global AIaaS market size and share was valued at $7.20 billion USD in 2022, and it is expected to reach $132.42 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 43.90% during the forecast period (2023-2030). 

AI for the Masses (and every segment) 

One of the most significant impacts of AIaaS on cloud computing is democratization. Smaller companies and startups can now harness the power of AI to compete with the big players. From analyzing large datasets to automating routine tasks, AIaaS levels the playing field, offering the power of AI to anyone with an internet connection. 

Enhancing Cloud Capabilities 

AIaaS is not just adding a new service to the cloud; it’s enhancing what the cloud can do. With AIaaS, cloud computing isn’t just about storage and computing power; it’s about smart storage and intelligent computing. Predictive analytics, natural language processing, and machine learning are now standard features, making the cloud smarter than ever. AI in the cloud will not necessarily replace people, but it will replace time-intensive tasks and make people better at their jobs if used correctly.  

IT Cost-Effectiveness and Efficiency 

Building an AI system from scratch is expensive and time-consuming. AIaaS cuts those IT costs dramatically. No need for a team of data scientists or expensive hardware. It’s like renting a luxury car for the price of a bicycle. Not only does it save money, but it also boosts efficiency by speeding up data processing and decision-making. 

Transforming Business Operations 

From personalized customer experiences to streamlined supply chains, AIaaS is revolutionizing how businesses operate. It’s enabling predictive maintenance in manufacturing, tailored marketing strategies in retail, and personalized content in media and entertainment. Simply put, AIaaS is the secret sauce that’s spicing up business operations across industries. 

Security and Privacy Concerns 

With great power comes great responsibility. AIaaS, while immensely beneficial, also raises concerns about security and privacy. As AI becomes more intertwined with cloud computing, ensuring data security and privacy becomes paramount. It’s like having a superpower; you must use it wisely and responsibly…insert your Spider Man voice over here.  

The Opportunity 

Just like other cutting-edge or bleeding-edge technologies before it, AIaaS will come with the need for resources with the skillset to understand it. Current category leaders such as Microsoft Azure and AWS already provide AIaaS options for organizations, but many do not understand how to best implement and utilize them. Herein lies the major opportunity when it comes AIaaS: Technology advisors can guide organizations toward the best resources and suppliers to match up the right solution for their specific transformation needs. There are already many options for advisors to source and more are being added to the portfolio as the productization of AI continues.  

Final Thoughts 

AIaaS is not just a trend; it’s a paradigm shift in cloud computing and full of possibilities. As AI technology evolves, we can expect even more sophisticated services and capabilities. By making AI accessible, scalable, and cost-effective, AIaaS is opening new avenues for innovation and efficiency. As we move forward in this AI-driven era, embracing AIaaS in cloud computing will be key to unlocking new potential and staying ahead for many organizations.  

Learn more: Watch the May 7, 2024 HiTT Tuesday Call, “AI as a Service with Koby Phillips and Jason Lowe”