The Gartner Magic Quadrant has been used by companies for more than a decade to understand the competing players in major tech markets. Companies aspire to be in the top right quadrant, where leaders are graphed based on their completeness of vision (x-axis) and ability to execute (y-axis) relative to their competitors.
What Gartner has made clear in recent years is that for any company to be listed in the Magic Quadrant – let alone named as a leader – they must be using artificial intelligence (AI) in their business today and have a robust and credible AI roadmap with the ability to execute on their plan from a technical and organizational perspective.
The days of AI being considered a luxury or a nice-to-have are gone. It is expected that companies leverage their data via machine learning and AI to help inform their strategy, automate processes, launch new products, and more.
In our current economic downturn where every expense will be scrutinized, the value of AI is even more pronounced as companies look to create efficiencies in their supply chains, workflows, and throughout their organizations.
KUNGFU.AI Enables Innovation In Companies
Many companies have no idea where to begin with AI, but they’re curious.
This is what Stephen Straus, co-founder and managing director of Austin-based KUNGFU.AI, realized before starting this AI-focused professional services firm. The company has cast a wide net, working across industries such as real estate, healthcare, entertainment, e-commerce, and telecommunications.
KUNGFU.AI director of marketing Jennifer Trou also points to travel, grocery, hospitality, in-home healthcare, and on-demand delivery services as sectors they have done work in .
“These are industries that are just facing a massive disruption, either up or down, as we speak because of COVID-19,” she said. “That’s shaking things up across the board.”
Whether it’s building a recommendation engine for a consumer brand or helping doctors match the best treatments to patient symptoms, KUNGFU.AI sees its role as facilitating innovation.
“We don’t need to manage a company’s AI forever,” Trou said. “We want to work with you, help you strategize and build AI into your business, and then you own it. And if you want to take these capabilities internally, we’re here to help you do that.”
Demand Outpaces Supply In AI Hiring Market
Attracting and retaining elite talent fuels companies in the AI space, where the complexity of projects multiplies each year and continuity provides an added advantage. Right now, principal and senior machine learning engineers with PhDs and Python, Java, or C++ programming expertise are in high demand.
Depending on the project, KUNGFU.AI may need a machine learning engineer, a data scientist, and a computer vision expert. To remain flexible, the company utilizes a network of contractors along with full-time staff.
Whereas KUNGFU.AI’s interest and expertise lies in the “why and what” behind AI, recruitAbility.ai is able to help execute on the “how” by enabling KUNGFU.AI to scale up personnel quickly when their bandwidth is limited.
The period of time between when KUNGFU.AI develops a strategy and solution for a client and when it must be executed is often narrow. Building a team from scratch is like creating a new product line when resources are scarce, and this is a problem that recruitAbility.ai solves for on a regular basis through both direct job placement and project-based contract services.
Businesses who hesitate on implementing AI due to the anticipated pain of finding talent can gain peace of mind by outsourcing the recruiting process to recruitAbility.ai. We already have a pipeline of talent for companies to tap into.
Aside from hiring, recruitAbility.ai also serves as a business development partner with KUNGFU.AI by referring companies for consultations. The benefit of these engagements is that recruitAbility.ai is already familiar with the clients, so filling roles on AI-related projects for these companies becomes much easier.
A Positive Mission: AI For Good
Older generations may immediately think of Skynet in Terminator 2 when it comes to AI. Sci-fi movies aside, there are ways that AI technology can be misused.
KUNGFU.AI is transparent about their decision to not pursue jobs in the defense, firearms, and tobacco industries. Their vision is altruistic: To elevate the best parts of humanity. They believe that AI should be used toward positive goals.
In its mission to democratize AI, KUNGFU.AI holds office hours on the last Friday of every month. They welcome non-profits, public sector groups, and others to discuss their data science work and related projects, and also to learn more about AI in general.
Efforts like these are why recruitAbility.ai is proud to partner with KUNGFU.AI.
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