News: Singapore businesses top globally in AI and ML investments

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Singapore businesses top globally in AI and ML investments

Workday's survey reveals with an average investment of 24% of their annual budget in AI and ML, Singapore businesses are setting the pace for the world, surpassing the global average of 18%.
Singapore businesses top globally in AI and ML investments

Singapore businesses have topped globally in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) investments. Singapore businesses on average invest 24% of their annual budget in AI and ML, ahead of the United States (22%) and Canada (21%), and higher than the global average of 18%.

Singapore is ahead of any country when it comes to implementing AI and ML across business operations, with half of Singapore businesses (51%) already making progress in AI and ML deployments to streamline workflows and augment the workforce. This is compared to the global average of 34%.

The study titled “C-Suite Global AI Indicator Report” done by Wokday, reveals that 63% of Singapore HR leaders believe AI and ML will enable them to deliver more strategic value, while 57% of Singapore finance leaders believe that AI and ML is a complete game changer for finance and procurement.

The report further points out that 51% of Singapore's businesses as compared to 34% of the global average have already made progress in AI and ML deployments to streamline workflows and augment the workforce. 

Despite optimism about the immediate business benefits that AI and ML investments will bring, one in two Singapore business leaders admit that they are concerned about the trustworthiness of AI and ML technologies at present.

Uncertainty about data and privacy, a lack of trust, and a talent shortage are holding CEOs and other business leaders back from fully embracing and adopting AI and ML. 57% of Singapore IT leaders believe their team will be under pressure to find a trustworthy approach to AI and ML for the organisation. In addition, 63% of Singapore IT leaders see the shortage of skilled IT talent in the market as the greatest barrier to achieving their current IT goals.

According to the survey, 37% of Singapore businesses are currently scaling up their AI and ML use or at maturity, which is the highest percentage among all countries surveyed in the study. Looking ahead, 69% of Singapore business leaders believe their organisation will be investing more in AI and ML five years from now.

“As the region’s leading technology hub, Singapore is a fertile ground for innovation. It is no surprise that businesses here find themselves in the perfect position to leverage and invest in AI and ML across their organisation, to unlock new growth opportunities and emerge more competitive and relevant than ever," said Pannie Sia, general manager, ASEAN, Workday.

“As Singapore continues its path to become a global leader in AI and ML adoption, there is a need to overcome the trustworthiness and talent shortage barriers. Fortunately, Singapore CEOs and other business leaders recognise that AI and ML technologies are not just a fad. Two in three respondents in our survey say that AI and ML will impact their organisation and their industry. Faced with the complexities of today’s business landscape, Singapore leaders will need to bolster their talent strategy and prioritise responsible practices to fully benefit from the vast potential of AI and ML," added Sia.

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