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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence: Why It’s One of the Biggest Competition Drivers in the Cloud Market

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the main drivers of the cloud market. Its influence is being viewed everywhere, from physical environments like logistics warehouses and manufacturing to online environments like cloud storage.


Many cloud providers are investing in AI research and development to lead the market. Some areas of interest are optical character recognition and face detection software, which will increase productivity in communications, both personal and interpersonal.


AI can benefit any business. If you have a task that can be solved by a human worker involving repetitive computation and increased complexity, it is solvable by implementing AI.


This article will dive into some common solutions AI companies are seeking to solve, how AI works, and how your business will be positively impacted by such changes.

Winning the AI Battle

The cloud provides the perfect environment for technology companies to leverage large amounts of data and hosting space to solve complex computational problems. Given the importance of AI in practically every industry, like the following ones:


  • Manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • Healthcare
  • Space exploration
  • Education


It’s no secret the biggest companies are working relentlessly to win the AI battle, from Amazon’s automated warehouses to Apple’s self-driving cars. AI is a transformative technology that can transform the way we approach many aspects of our lives.


The race to introduce AI solutions in the cloud market has been the most significant and most decisive battle in the IT world over the last 20 years, and its winner could determine the future of IT for decades to come. The situation may seem hyperbolic, but AI is that important and that implementable.


Consider how much Apple changed, and now controls, the style and function of personal devices. Even if a company does not rely on Apple software or compatibility, you can see the “influence” of Apple’s stylistic design in competing smartphone lines.


The Importance of Optical Character Recognition

Optical character recognition (OCR) refers to the act of converting and machine-encoding scanned images of text characters, both hand-written or typed. OCR is a vital technology in many markets, from the digital restoration of rare books to scanning hand-written barcodes for small businesses transitioning to digital interfaces.


Investing in OCR involves more than only purchasing or using OCR technology. Different language formats require other software metrics and benchmarks.


While languages derived from Latin are simple to convert, Semitic languages like Arabic are not. In Arabic, individuals write words in a cursive style, with letters and vowels changing form and shape based on their word placement. Issues also arise based on the writer’s legibility.


Less popular languages will also not receive the funding and support of their more popular counterparts. If you require OCR software for your company, specializing in a lesser-known language, your software options decrease in scope and increase in cost as a result.


OCR is also essential regarding AI solutions because the AI software will have to “learn” over time. Languages change based on:


  • Region
  • Culture
  • Writing Style
  • Slang
  • Context
  • Etc.


Language is not easy to automate. The market leader that successfully implements a language translation and character recognition AI will most likely create the definitive solution for multiple industries.

The Fight to Win Qualitative Face Recognition

While Google leads qualitative face recognition, the market is full of competitors, including big names like Apple and Amazon. Face recognition has many uses for businesses big and small, from using facial features as biological detection markers for secure logins to tracking eye detection when an individual uses a mobile application, and more.


The key to choosing an AI solution that works for you is first to identify your business issue and then develop your business case. Once you have these two issues sorted, you will be in a better position to choose an effective AI solution.


AI face detection helps solve the following issues:

  • Logging into your smartphone
  • Entering secure work areas
  • Determining sickness based on temperature and visible symptoms
  • Catching criminals on public CCTV cameras
  • Etc.


So many industries and business needs are solvable by implementing face detection software.

How AI Solves Common Issues in Computation and Complexity

AI solves issues similar to how a human would, using his or her intelligence. The difference is that AI represents human intelligence as a computer program that can “learn” based on prior feedback and the programmer’s intentions.


For some tasks, AI may run algorithms millions of times over an ever-increasing data set. For other jobs, AI may recognize objects in images in videos, add data annotation to common media types, or compare pictures of your face to determine if you should access your phone.


AI can be implemented onsite or outsourced. It can be a part of an application or its own application. If there is a computational task that a human can accomplish, AI can achieve it in a fraction of the time.

AI Is Changing the Cloud

AI has introduced many significant changes to cloud environments, which impact every business, big and small. AI is making cloud access and usability more affordable and less risky. Here are just a few of the ways it’s doing that:

  • Transforming IT infrastructure needs
  • Improving data mining efficiency
  • Improving data access
  • Automating cloud security
  • Providing companies with global access to stored data


Even if you do not use the cloud much for your business, the increasing efficiencies will allow you to make better business decisions and capture better data analytics. AI is here to stay and is getting better by the day.

Start Your Automation Journey With OSTRIDE Labs

You already know AI is a game-changer in the world of IT. Every business can implement AI to solve complex computational problems at a fraction of the time or workforce. And as AI becomes more common, it becomes more accessible and affordable. It’s not just a solution for market leaders anymore. Competitive solutions are readily available to businesses of all sizes.


Are you interested in exploring how AI and automation can improve the way you run your business? OSTRIDE Labs can help. Get in touch with our team, and we’ll show you how you can unlock your automation potential.


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Choosing a Cloud Provider

Choosing a Cloud Provider: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

Who knew it would be this hard to choose a cloud provider? Vendors make cloud technology seem so easy, but as you discovered, that’s not always the case. 


The cloud is expanding and becoming more complex. Choosing a cloud provider requires working with your specific business use case, and successfully migrating is key to selecting the right provider.


This article will expand upon these three issues and provide guidelines you can use to choose the right cloud provider for your needs.

Choosing a Cloud Provider Is Hard

Choosing a cloud provider can seem like a monumental task at first. The cloud, cloud services, and DevOps are expanding in scope and show no sign of slowing down or reducing complexity.


Every cloud service provider is different. It can be challenging to know which provider will best serve your company goals, especially since the cloud, and cloud providers, keep changing and evolving


No cloud provider can deliver a 100% perfect and compatible service, and no cloud provider will remain the same from the start to the end of a contract. Providers add new services, new business scopes, and new priorities consistently. Afterall, what good is the CI/CD model without the push for continuous improvement?


While cloud providers generally offer the same services at comparable prices, especially among the market leaders like Amazon and Microsoft, it’s difficult to separate a leader from the pack. This experience can be frustrating for a client who needs specific metrics met by their cloud provider.


Another thing to consider is how your cloud provider will handle your project. Even within cloud services, multiple deployment options exist, adding further complexity to the equation.


Depending on your business use cases, slightly different services may be added to your account to meet your business needs. You will most likely not be in charge of making these decisions—they will be made for you by vendor engineers and managers based on your requirements.


While these experiences are common to cloud providers and clients, this does not have to be your experience. You should be in complete control when choosing a cloud provider, based on your business’s specific nature and the migration process, once you have determined your provider.

The Choice of the Cloud Provider Should Be Driven by Your Business Use Case

You know your business best. You know your key value propositions, business use justifications, what your users want, and the direction you want your business to head. Companies that state they understand your business better than you do not. They are just trying to make a quick sale, and you should avoid them. 


Choosing the right cloud provider is critical and should be driven by your business’s specific nature. You can follow these three guidelines to select the most compatible cloud services provider for your needs:

  • Consider the services you need to fulfill your key value propositions. Suitable cloud provider candidates will be able to offer cloud services that strengthen your proposals. They will provide metrics, set clear targets, and offer periodic evaluations to meet your needs. 
  • The cloud services provider should complement your business’s goals and needs. The services provided should address the weaknesses inherent in your own company and areas that are of secondary importance to your goals. No one company is good at everything in their scope of practice. Third-party suppliers are needed for these exact situations to “fill in the gaps.”
  • Don’t forget about location. Regional presence, legislations, and applicable regulations, like the GDPR, the U.S. Patriot Act, and HIPPA, are essential to understand. You will need to consider the limitations such governmental frameworks place on your business, business needs, and cloud provider candidates. 


Even if a candidate is perfect in every other way, restrictive regional locations may disqualify a candidate. Consider where companies, regardless of size, are keeping data in data centers globally. Depending on the location of specific data, data may be subject to specific government policies that may affect its integrity, security, and confidentiality. 


Every country and region has different applicable laws and limitations, so you need to consider how your data will be affected by its storage location.

Migration to the Right Provider Does Not Have to Be a Disaster

Transitioning to any new third-party supplier can be a scary experience at first. Relying on a third-party supplier to fulfill necessary work under strict deadlines is a gamble you cannot afford to lose.


Luckily, the web is not the wild west it once was. Here’s why:

  • Most providers offer similar cloud service offerings and APIs. If you are not comfortable with the service supplied by your chosen third-party supplier, you can outsource to a different company with little hassle. 
  • Migrating cloud services is not done through clear channels of communication. Cloud migration experts should handle corporate migrations. While great at their jobs, engineers should not be responsible for migrations, as they often put product development on hold in search of perfectionism. 
  • Migrating cloud products is simple. You can follow a standardized process to package your products securely and optimized for the cloud. Cloud usage and benefits can be integrated with your product easily to simplify and increase your cloud migration productivity.


With many cloud service providers following the same or similar modes of development and delivery, the main criteria you should keep in mind is compatibility. Is this company an excellent cultural fit? Do your business needs fit within their scope of practice? Do you like their business practices and offerings? 


These, and many other, questions are paramount to ensuring that migrating to the right provider is a quick and straightforward process to benefit both your company and the supplier.


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