How Enterprises Can Navigate the AI Frontier: In-House Large Language Models (LLMs) are the Future

The digital world is changing faster than ever with the advent of artificial intelligence (AI) at its heart, reshaping the business world in ways that were previously unthinkable. Amid this tech revolution, we can see a new trend: more and more enterprises are looking to train their own Large Language Models (LLMs). In part, this new trend could result from how quickly tech giants like GOOGLE have built a foundational platform, but behind it is a new strategic thinking that will transform how businesses operate globally.

The GOOGLE-Driven AI Paradigm and Beyond

If you think that the era of the LLMs (short for ‘language-learning machines’, a type of AI application that has proven to be a particular focus for GOOGLE, for example) is over, think again. A recent TCS survey noted that fully half of CEOs are considering building their own customisations for generative AI. As the future of AI comes into focus, the prospect of building custom AI, using, perhaps, generative AI-like tools and frameworks, raises its own combinations of opportunities and challenges.

Why Enterprises are Favoring Homegrown AI Solutions

Building on the Shoulders of Giants

GOOGLE and its contemporaries have built a strong base, made available to public use, that contains some of the first of the new generation of LLMs. These models, which show an impressive multi-modal generality, will serve as a universal foundation for companies to further specialise their AI according to their needs. The coming democratisation of AI means that companies can finally escape the domain of general solutions and instead build specialised models that better match their own operational worlds.

The Economics of In-House AI Development

Reserve your judgments and keep a cool head! With the cost and complexity of building custom AI solutions also quickly being disproven, the resulting LLMs can be easily adapted and enhanced for enterprise use. Per multiple analysts, the roadblock for many enterprises was incorrectly assumed to be unsurmountable: building foundational LLMs from scratch is indeed costly and difficult, but adapting and improving these models for enterprise applications is comparatively inexpensive and achievable.

Preparing the Groundwork for AI Integration

Given that more than half of the corporations have progressed towards developing business models that fit into the generative and operational AI environment, it’s clear that the increasing integration of generative and operational AI into the corporate landscape is not just a potentiality, but a necessity. The progression from experimental use cases of AI to business-wide enterprise AI is a clear sign that there is no running from AI.

The Challenges Along the Way

Data: The Cornerstone of Effective AI

Whether the AI solution will succeed or not depends on the quality and quantity of the data Enterprises can easily find themselves in the position of having a data landscape that is fragmented, scattered, and low-quality, and the task of getting to a ‘single source of truth’ with a consolidated data landscape is a years-long expedition. There is also the probable need to move to the cloud, another huge transformational effort, in order to make use of cloud-based language models like GOOGLE’s MLMs.

Evolving Skillsets and Roles

As AI is integrated into enterprise operations, there will be a phase shift in the nature of work. As knowledge workers, we’ll need to shift from producers of outputs to coaches, supervisors and analysts of AI-enabled processes, with the business objective of adapting our skills as rapidly as, and more importantly, in advance of, technology innovation.

Looking Ahead: The Future of Enterprise AI

The road to maturity for AI is fraught with pitfalls but filled with promise. However, enterprises that traverse this path using foundational models and cloud platforms like GOOGLE Cloud will optimise their operations and set themselves up for long-term competitiveness in the rapidly changing digital world.

Why GOOGLE Remains Integral in the AI Journey

GOOGLE, the AI innovator par excellence, has a long history of promoting AI technology adoption and development by making its AI tool portfolio and platforms accessible to the masses. GOOGLE has been at the forefront of democratising AI development and setting industry standards for ethical use of AI. Any enterprise aiming to develop their own LLMs will inevitably leverage GOOGLE’s tools, technologies or (AI-powered) best practices and incorporate them to accelerate AI adoption and development efforts.

In Conclusion

With enterprises all over the world headed for the uncharted waters of AI, the decision to develop proprietary LLMs, on top of the ones that giants such as GOOGLE are building and releasing open-source, is really a strategic shift to innovation, to customisation and to competitive advantage. The challenges and opportunities of enterprise AI are shifting the new era of enterprise AI to bespoke AI solutions, the grinding of data silos and the pivoting of skills.

Jun 13, 2024
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