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Demystifying AI: How It Applies to Your Business

There’s a lot of confusion around artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on business. Most of us understand the basics of this technology, but wrapping your head around how it’s relevant to your day-to-day work can be a bit more challenging. Is AI a transformative tool you need to invest in—or an optional expense to avoid?

At SafeNet Consulting, we build strong relationships with our partners to create game-changing technology solutions. That’s why we’re so excited to talk about artificial intelligence today. Our goal with this blog is to give you some practical info on AI, including how you can apply it to drive better outcomes for your business. Let’s jump in.

What Is Artificial Intelligence?

At its core, artificial intelligence is a technology that enables machines to think and behave like humans. AI makes it possible for machines to learn and make more intelligent decisions over time, using existing data to inform future actions. As people, we’ve built an entire branch of computer science around AI: building smart machines to perform tasks that usually require human intelligence.

AI solutions aren’t limited to predetermined responses; they can analyze and act on incoming data in real time. AI machines can also gather and accurately process data much faster than humans, accomplishing long, labor-intensive tasks in minutes. As a result, this innovative technology is disrupting and changing many industries, ranging from healthcare and manufacturing to retail and logistics.

Is AI Right for Your Business?

Now that we’ve reviewed the basics of AI, let’s talk about how its viability for your own business. Artificial intelligence takes careful planning to use effectively. You have to be strategic about your goals for this technology—and which data you’ll gather to advance those objectives.

Your business generates tremendous amounts of data, from sales figures to details on customer interactions. The right AI tools can analyze and create a clear story from all of that data, which allows your business to identify areas where it can improve. Here are a few examples to help demonstrate how AI creates meaningful change in different types of companies:

Retail

Say you’re a leading e-commerce brand that wants to create a better customer service experience. You could leverage AI technology to build an intelligent chatbot that listens to users, actually understands their problems, and converses with them to address those issues. That solution would save your team time on day-to-day operations, while empowering your business to serve customers faster and more reliably.

Healthcare

What if you’re a healthcare enterprise that’s overloaded with hospital admissions? You could create an AI solution that checks existing patient data to identify trends in treatment or behavior, like unplanned hospital trips. That tool would allow you to plan more proactively around patient needs—and deliver more reliable care outcomes.

Finance

Say you’re a leader in financial services that needs to cut down on document-processing time. AI and apps can help your team enter data from thousands of financial documents automatically, completing massive amounts of work in minutes. You can even extract information from those files into a simple dashboard in seconds—putting in-depth analytics at your fingertips.

Construction

Construction planning is extremely complex, but that’s starting to change with the implementation of AI. As a construction company, you could equip your teams with AI for analyzing as-built performance data across projects—supporting more strategic forecasting and planning.

Manufacturing

Ensuring fast and efficient quality checks is a major concern for today’s manufacturers. With AI, your team can use camera-equipped machines to detect even the tiniest defects in products across manufacturing workflows. Automating these quality checks with AI saves your team time while increasing product consistency.

Data & AI Solutions from SafeNet

At SafeNet, we’ve helped a variety of businesses turn their data into meaningful insights through AI technology. Our data intelligence solutions make it easy to gather and digest that data through reporting, dashboarding and BI tools. We also offer deep search capabilities through Microsoft Azure, allowing you to sort through massive assortments of images and text files with speed and precision.

Some of our other core capabilities include machine learning and cognitive services, which allow you to automate labor-intensive tasks or set up analytics solutions to predict where your business is headed. So no matter what your goals are for AI, our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Elevate Your Business With AI

If you’re looking for a strategic partner to unlock the full potential of AI for your business, then connect with SafeNet today. We’ll collaborate with you to provide a custom solution for your unique challenges. You can also reach out with questions you have on AI and apps, machine learning or even AI for B2B. We’d love to help.

Affecting Digital Transformation in 2020

Technology is maturing faster than ever before, transforming the way we do business, interact with customers and develop new solutions. Companies that know how to apply this technology are disrupting their industries—and raising user expectations in the process.

To stand out as a change-maker and deliver the value your customers demand, you have to understand and apply the tools driving this disruption first. So today, let’s take a few minutes to discuss some of the most impactful business technologies of 2020.

1. Cloud Development

Companies are becoming increasingly reliant on cloud technology to streamline business processes, reduce costs and scale more effectively. As companies continue to integrate cloud-based workflows to simplify their work, more and more developers are exploring the concept of cloud development for custom apps.

The cloud empowers development teams to use new tools (like serverless computing) to deliver apps more quickly and efficiently. Cloud-based applications are also easier to scale and can take advantage of multiple server locations to reduce the risk of lost data.

At SafeNet Consulting, we help clients across a range of industries replace outdated applications and infrastructure with cloud-based solutions. Our cloud modernization strategy is tailored to your unique business and its needs—ensuring the solutions we build create meaningful change. You can find more information on our cloud and application development solutions here.

2. Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a scary concept for many businesses. Put simply, it’s software that enables machines to make more intelligent decisions and behave more like real people. Modern AI solutions can read, listen and see just like humans, creating endless opportunities to automate tedious tasks and gather important data more efficiently.

Thankfully, industry leaders like Microsoft have already built homegrown AI models for companies and development teams to use today. For example, Azure includes a powerful AI platform that unlocks machine learning and in-depth knowledge mining, allowing business users to uncover valuable insights from their content—and deliver innovative experiences in their apps.

SafeNet Consulting makes the process of building and maintaining AI solutions simpler than ever. We can help you leverage the full computational abilities of Microsoft’s AI platform, and apply that technology to solve your business challenges. Together, we can use AI and apps to analyze your data, simplify monotonous tasks and provide game-changing experiences for your customers.

3. Blockchain Technology

At its core, blockchain is a record-keeping technology that stores information about transactions. The introduction of blockchain has drastically changed a variety of businesses and industries already. For example, enterprises in supply chain management can apply blockchain to streamline a range of time-consuming tasks, including product tracking and recording important insights like transportation history.

Blockchain is making big waves in the world of manufacturing and retail as well. Manufacturing plants can use this technology to aggregate and display transparent machine data to monitor equipment and drive predictive maintenance, saving millions in failed machinery costs. Likewise, retailers and e-commerce businesses are deploying blockchain to aggregate and study user data to support their marketing campaigns.

SafeNet Consulting helps companies across the country understand and capitalize on blockchain technology. Our experts can walk your team through potential use cases and advise you on which approach aligns best with your business needs—both for today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.

An Ecosystem of Change

Your industry’s technology landscape is constantly evolving. To stay relevant as a business, you have to understand how those changes will impact your world and plan accordingly. That’s why it can be so helpful to partner with a technology consulting firm like SafeNet Consulting. Our consultants can help you apply emergent technologies to your business, putting you at the cutting edge of digital transformation.

As your partner, we work to create an environment of open communication, trust and innovation. We’re here to listen to your unique goals—and connect you with custom technologies to keep your business moving forward.

Transform with SafeNet Consulting

At SafeNet Consulting, we’re in the business of relationships. For over 25 years, we’ve helped our clients navigate technology and market changes, guiding them to the best possible outcomes. We love working with change-makers who want to drive their business forward with technology and collaborating to meet their unique challenges.

If you’re looking for a strategic partner to support your team with custom technology solutions, then contact us today. You can also reach out with any questions you have on blockchain technology, AI and apps, or the other exciting concepts we’ve touched on today—and how you might use them to affect positive change in your industry. We can’t wait to get started.

 

What’s It Like to Work for a Technology Consulting Firm?

Technical innovation is changing the way companies learn, make decisions and adapt to provide the best possible experience for customers. In the wake of this age of digital disruption, new technologies and business models are refining traditional markets—and creating new industries entirely. That’s why today’s leading enterprises are working with technology consulting firms to capitalize on emerging technologies and unlock game-changing results.

But progress is not an eternal fire; it takes curiosity and constant experimentation to fan that flame. At SafeNet Consulting, we form partnerships with consultants and clients who share our desire to drive innovation. That means investing in leading experts on cloud consulting, AI and apps, software engineering and other emerging technologies. Today, let’s take a glance into the world of technology consulting to help you decide whether it’s the right field for you.

Technology Consulting: What’s It About?

At its heart, technology consulting is all about solving tough problems. We work with enterprises across healthcare, manufacturing, finance and other industries to build game-changing tools that address their unique business challenges. For some, that means crafting hybrid cloud technology to unlock data deployment options. For others, it means deploying AI and apps to streamline manual data entry and help teams collaborate more efficiently.

The challenge with describing this role is that it changes based on which firm or clients you choose. Here’s an overview of the broad strokes to get you started:

Educating Clients

One major aspect of technology consulting is educating clients on the many solutions at their disposal. Plenty of technologies can solve an issue, but which ones move the needle farthest and fastest? Great consultants take the time to understand the core business challenges their clients face, then advise them on the most practical solution.

Development & Integration

Consultants work directly with IT departments to develop and integrate new technology solutions. Often, these are high-profile projects that make use of cutting-edge solutions, so there’s no shortage of opportunities to learn new things and grow. From custom applications and agile delivery to scalable cloud technology, consultants are constantly working with new, innovative solutions.

Projects & Contracts

Technology consultants work across diverse projects with set timeframes. Typically, their contract with a client will last about a year. The best part about this approach is that it gives consultants the freedom to move between fresh projects annually, instead of being chained to a single enterprise or development effort.

The Perks of Technology Consulting

Now that we’ve covered some of the basics, let’s break into some reasons why technology consulting might be the best move for your career:

Diversify Your Work
Joining a technology consulting firm gives you access to engaging projects that span a variety of clients and industries. It’s a great way to learn about and experiment with new technologies and methodologies as you advance through your career.

Learn & Innovate
Consulting firms work on the bleeding edge of new technologies, allowing you to collaborate with experts on artificial intelligence, cloud technology, agile delivery, data analytics and more. Use these projects to learn from leading thinkers in the field—and pioneer your own innovations.

Further Your Career
The best technology consulting firms work with you to understand your unique career goals—and help you forge the best path to those outcomes. They invest in your future by offering guidance and opportunities for growth, while giving you the freedom to take the ones you want.

Why Choose SafeNet Consulting?

There are hundreds of technology consulting firms, but what sets SafeNet apart is our commitment to relationships and transparency. We believe that the best solutions are built when every person involved feels understood and supported. That’s why we regularly check in with our consultants to make sure they have the tools they need to be happy and successful in their role.

As a technology consultant for SafeNet, you have the freedom to choose your own workplace and influence your own projects. We come to you with work opportunities and let you choose which you’ll take—while keeping you connected to the rest of our creative team for support. Our partnerships span many clients and industries, which gives you the freedom to pick the projects you’ll enjoy.

You might be here because you’re interested in exploring a new line of work. Or maybe you’re experienced with consulting but need a more flexible employer and workspace. In either case, if you share our passion for doing brilliant work that drives technology innovation, then SafeNet Consulting is the place for you.

Want to learn more about SafeNet and how we can support your professional goals? Then be sure to send us a message today. You can also reach out for more information on our partnerships and solutions for cloud technology, AI and apps, agile delivery and more. We’d love to hear from you.

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