Reader Poll: It’s IT Jim, but not as we know it

Give us your insight into the challenges of AI adoption and implementation

Reader Poll Artificial intelligence (AI) is already transforming the IT landscape and we've barely scratched the surface in terms of identifying new applications and use cases for the technology.

A FutureScape report published by research company IDC last year suggests that AI will completely reshape the IT industry and the way businesses operate in the coming years, with the launch of generative AI chatbots like ChatGPT over the last couple of years triggering huge enterprise investment in new, innovative AI-enhanced products and services.

Despite the widespread enthusiasm for AI and its rapidly accelerating rate of adoption, it's fair to say that challenges remain and not every organisation has the ability to push forward as fast as they might like.

IDC highlighted shortfalls in networking, facilities, model confidence and AI skills for example. Training and inferencing large language models (LLMs) requires enormous amounts of CPU power for example, as well as scalable storage capacity needed to host the large volumes of data typically being processed. Depending on the source and nature of the information being ingested, there can also be specific requirements around security and making sure that sensitive data is being handled in compliance with local and industry rules and regulations.

And the extensive compute resources needed to make sure all of those boxes are ticked tend to consume electricity – a lot of it. Which can bring some trickly return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO) arguments into the picture, all of which can influence the ultimate value of designing and deploying those innovative AI-enabled applications and services in the first place.

All in all, there's a lot of questions to be answered, which is where we think readers of The Register can help by taking part in our survey. The aim of our poll is to explore the extent to which organisations today are engaged in building and deploying AI enabled applications and services today and whether they have access to the CPU intensive compute capacity needed to support those workloads, and gauge attitudes to the importance of meeting sustainability targets for associated infrastructure provision.

We'll let you know what your fellow Register readers think when all the responses are in of course and highlight some of the latest technologies which have been purposely designed and optimized to help organisations and IT providers overcome those initial AI hurdles.

Just give us your answers to the questions above and we'll do the rest.

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