What Are The Benefits AI Could Bring To Cloud Computing? 8 Experts Share Their Insights

  • 30 September 2019
  • Sam Mire

When a new innovation or way of doing things carries numerous benefits, it can be hard to pinpoint the single greatest of those perks. What's the primary benefit of encryption? Or the internet? Ask ten different people, and you could easily get ten different answers. And what are the challenges to realizing those benefits?

The same questions apply for cloud computing. Fortunately, we were able to ask several industry insiders what the #1 benefit of AI is within the cloud computing sphere. Unsurprisingly, none of their answers were exactly the same. Here's what they had to say:

1. Christine Livingston, AI Chief Strategist at Perficient

By and large, cloud computing enables AI, but AI has accelerated the ability to process, learn, and infuse more data than what was possible before. AI has dramatically changed the landscape for processes that are highly dependent on cloud computing, such as DevOps, automated testing, and overall product cycle development.

These tools are key pieces for modern application creation within a cloud-native development atmosphere. If these tools are infused with AI, the results are going to have higher quality software and code with faster processing capabilities. It’s a self-benefiting cycle.”

2. Bret Greenstein, Vice President and Global Head of Artificial Intelligence at Cognizant

Bret Greenstein“Flexibility is a primary benefit AI brings to the cloud. Data scientists spend up to 90% of their time on data preparation and setting up environments. It is possible, in the cloud, to streamline and automate more of the data access and the provisioning work to leave more time for pure data science.”

3. Nima Negahban, CTO of Kinetica

“The relationship between AI and the cloud is symbiotic. While the cloud brings  the computing power and accessibility necessary for AI adoption, the majority of public cloud use will be driven by data provided through AI.”


4. Carl Hasselskog, co-founder and CEO of Degoo

“AI is a new paradigm enabling you to solve problems previously regarded as science fiction. In many ways AI can be seen as an amplifier to computing. Any algorithm that was previously limited by the imagination of the programmers’ ability to define rules to the computer can now be solved more efficiently with the technology. Likewise, cloud computing is in many ways democratizing AI. If it hadn’t been for cloud computing, the resources required to run large scale AI algorithms would have only been available to the tech giants. In this way AI + cloud computing is the classic case of 1+1 where both amplify the value of the other.”

5. Michael Harrison, Managing Partner at Winterberry Group

“With nearly all marketers implementing personalization in the near future, AI provides the ability to deliver those personalized customer experiences. AI does not only power the intelligence and marketing automation to offer personalized experiences but enables the creation and curation of content. AI allows marketers to identify and optimize content in nearly real-time. AI lowers the cost of implementing personalization allowing more marketers to deliver relevant and personalized experiences.”

6. Steven Mih, CEO of Alluxio

“Since it’s emerged, the cloud has brought flexibility, cost-savings, and on-demand usage for enterprises. AI in the cloud enables real-time interactive data analysis – jobs running for many weeks are being shortened to days, jobs running for days are run in minutes. So AI in the cloud gives analysts and data scientists their data cheaper and on-demand, enabling them to generate business-critical data insights.”

7. Brian Ray, Managing Director of Machine Learning for Maven Wave

“With AI in cloud computing, we can walk away from monolithic systems that
provide difficulties with human interactions with the data. Instead, AI-powered cloud computing provides a human-centric window into that data. Quicker than ever before, insights can be explored and predictive models that enable humans to do their jobs better may be developed and deployed. In an ideal world, that AI cloud computing ecosystem will be self-learning and improve the quality of interactions over time based on human usage.”

8. Jeff Looman, Vice President of Engineering at FileShadow

“Some of the main advantages of the cloud is its ubiquity, persistence and computing power. Ubiquity is really a networking issue. Persistence is a SysOps best practices issue. Computing power is where AI can make a radical difference. It enhances the data analysis capabilities such that we are not just storing and retrieving data, we are starting to understand it.”

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About Sam Mire

Sam is a Market Research Analyst at Disruptor Daily. He's a trained journalist with experience in the field of disruptive technology. He’s versed in the impact that blockchain technology is having on industries of today, from healthcare to cannabis. He’s written extensively on the individuals and companies shaping the future of tech, working directly with many of them to advance their vision. Sam is known for writing work that brings value to industry professionals and the generally curious – as well as an occasional smile to the face.