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To say that artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the landscape of work is an understatement. In an era already marked by rapid technological advancements, AI stands out as a revolutionary force capable of not just reshaping the global economy—but the nature of work itself.

Companies like Goldman Sachs are estimating that AI could give global GDP a boost of 7% (almost $7 trillion) over the next decade by lifting labor productivity. PwC, by comparison, put the number at a potential contribution of $15.7 trillion by 2030, with an up to 26% increase in GDP for local economies. Even by conservative estimates, AI is set to move the global economy forward significantly.

AI impact on employees & workplaces

The impacts of AI on the workforce are profound and multifaceted. According to a 2023 OECD employment outlook survey, a significant majority of employees in the finance and manufacturing sectors reported improvements in their performance, and mental and physical health due to AI integration. 

However, the advancement of AI also brings in concerns and questions. A significant portion of the workers in these two sectors also expressed concerns about AI rendering their jobs obsolete within the next decade. This fear isn’t unfounded, as AI-related job cuts begin to surface in various reports—such as the Challenger report, which attributed 5% of all job eliminations to AI in May 2023, the first time it mentioned this new tech.

It’s essential to recognize the dual nature of technological innovation. While certain jobs may become redundant, new opportunities, particularly in AI and tech-related fields, are emerging. Gartner’s optimistic prediction suggests that AI could generate over half a billion jobs by 2033, emphasizing the need for a workforce skilled in AI technologies and applications.

AI and IT Departments: A paradigm shift

IT departments, traditionally the backbone of technological innovation within organizations, stand at the forefront of this seismic shift. According to Workato’s research, IT is in second place in terms of AI adoption, with 31% of all AI use cases, outpaced only by revenue ops with 48% of use cases. 

The integration of AI within IT operations promises unparalleled efficiency, automation, and problem-solving capabilities. However, this transition requires IT professionals to adapt not just to new tools and strategies, but also to a new mindset that embraces intelligent systems.

Training and development become paramount as IT departments evolve to harness the power of AI. From automating routine tasks to employing advanced diagnostic algorithms, AI can significantly reduce manual workloads, allowing IT staff to focus on more strategic and impactful projects. Moreover, AI’s predictive analytics can foresee and mitigate potential system failures, enhancing overall organizational resilience.

Embracing AI for a brighter IT future

As the world grapples with the rapid pace of AI advancements, IT departments play a crucial role in navigating these changes. While AI continues to reshape the landscape of work, the focus should remain on leveraging these powerful tools to create more innovative, efficient, and fulfilling work environments. 

When used wisely, AI can propel IT departments—and indeed entire organizations—into new realms of possibility and performance. By integrating platforms like Atera, IT professionals can not only enhance their efficiency and productivity but also contribute to their organizations’ overall success in the AI-driven future. Try it for yourself with a 30-day free trial.

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