How cloud and AI work together

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The majority of IT leaders think that a unified cloud, data and AI platform is crucial to long-term success according to the Oxford Economics study report “Greater than the sum of their parts: How cloud and AI work together”.

A teaser of the report

Oxford Economics and IBM have surveyed 6,000 CIOs, CTOs, and senior IT leaders from organizations that are using cloud services to some extent and at least experimenting with AI. The analysis of the survey data, which covered six industries and 26 countries, shows that data strategies, AI and cloud – especially hybrid cloud – are increasingly effective and interconnected.

Accordingly, the report finds that companies that lead the way in cloud adoption tend to outperform their competitors against a variety of important business metrics. Moreover, adding artificial intelligence to cloud as part of a coherent digital strategy can lead to even better results in key areas, including a more agile response to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read the executive summary or download the full report.

Relevance for executives and strategic implications

The key insights into the relationship between hybrid cloud and AI that the research reveals are relevant to both senior technology and business executives. The full white paper will consider some of the strategies that underpin the success of organizations around the world—including how they make decisions about cloud, progress toward implementation of AI applications, and the people, process and platform strategies of the organizations furthest along in this transformation journey.

If you want to learn how to unlock the full potential of cloud and AI that work together, then please visit and/or read IDC’s 10-Step Guide to Implementing a Holistic Cloud-AI Strategy.

Lastly, also feel free to contact me directly at if you would like to discuss your business’ opportunities with IBM’s industry-leading technology.

Research & Innovation Executive, IBM Research - IBM Watson

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