Your Company Will be an AI Company: A Look Inside the Next Business Revolution

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Companies had to embrace software or fail in the early 2000s, and we are now in an equally significant AI revolution. By 2030, you may be working for an AI company.

Throughout modern history, disruptive innovations have driven successful businesses forward while forcing others to shut their doors for good. From the steam engine and electricity to household computers and software, new technologies have always changed the meaning of “business as usual.” 

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) surges in popularity and capability, companies are experiencing the next major business revolution. 

Historically, companies that failed to take advantage of new technological opportunities were left behind. The AI revolution is no different: Companies’ survival hinges on their ability to integrate artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the optimizations they provide into their business models. Those who fail to do so will fall behind and ultimately become obsolete in the next five to ten years.

Artificial Intelligence Development in the Modern Era

The concept of AI has captivated minds for decades, appearing in science fiction and philosophical discussions. However, significant advancements in computing power and machine learning algorithms have fueled a recent explosion in AI capabilities. By 2027, the AI market is expected to be worth $407 billion, up from its estimated $86.9 billion revenue in 2022. 

The year 2023 marked a turning point, with the rise of powerful new techniques like Large Language Models (LLMs) and Retrieval-Augmented Generation (RAG) that powered generative AI to new heights. These advancements shifted the labor, optimization, and operations landscapes overnight. 

Large Language Models

LLMs represent another leap forward in natural language processing.  Trained on massive datasets of text and code, these models achieve unprecedented scale and versatility. They can automate previously time-consuming tasks, making it possible to analyze unstructured data. Unlike older automation techniques, LLMs can reason through complex problems, arguably without human supervision or organization. LLMs enable data-driven decisions across organizational units.

Together, new AI technology, particularly generative AI technology, unlocks new business operations models. These innovations empower businesses to deliver more personalized and engaging customer experiences and automate tasks that previously required human coordination. They also drive operational efficiency and give companies that leverage them a sharp competitive edge. 

Retrieval-Augmented Generation

RAG systems combine the strengths of retrieval and generation models, resulting in AI that can create new text and access and integrate relevant information from existing sources for improved decision-making. This allows businesses to utilize their proprietary data innovatively to enhance their customer's experience and optimize their internal processes.  

Software Revolution Redux: Drawing Parallels with AI

The software revolution of the late 20th century fundamentally reshaped the business landscape: Companies that once lived and died by the Rolodex and paper ledger became digital over the course of just a few years. Custom software development was no longer nice to have, but necessary for growth. Legacy businesses that couldn't adapt to the software wave were left behind: The plumber became more than just a pipe fixer; they became a "software company with plumbing domain expertise."

In the medical industry, doctors shifted from relying on paper charts to using Electronic Health Records to reconceptualize the standard of patient care. The rise of search engines and proprietary data libraries redefined research for legal and educational institutions. 

The impact extends far beyond healthcare and law.  Retailers leverage e-commerce platforms and customer relationship management (CRM) tools to connect with customers and manage inventory.  Finance, once a world of paper ledgers, now thrives on algorithmic trading and fraud detection powered by software. Modern companies are no longer simply software users, but active participants in its development and integration.

While many companies prospered, others provided a stark lesson regarding the unforgiving nature of technological disruption. Blockbuster, which once stood as a leading video rental giant, is just one such casualty. Within a few short years, streaming services like Netflix took over market share and destroyed a once unstoppable industry leader. From shopping to food delivery, software-first companies overtook competitors clinging to brick-and-mortar, pen-and-paper models. 

The rise of AI presents a similar paradigm shift. The future holds a new truth: You are no longer a retail, medical, legal, or even plumbing company; you will be an AI company with industry expertise. Those who embrace custom AI solutions will survive and thrive, leaving resistant competitors in the dust.

The parallels between the software and AI revolutions are undeniable.  As Andrew Ng, a leading AI researcher, famously stated, "AI is the new electricity."  Just as electricity revolutionized every industry imaginable, AI has the potential to do the same. Companies that fail to adapt risk becoming the Blockbusters of the AI era.

What Does the AI Revolution Mean for Businesses?

The software revolution irrevocably reshaped the business landscape, and the AI revolution promises an even more transformative impact. Companies that strategically integrate AI stand to achieve a significant competitive advantage, potentially becoming the Amazons and Netflixes of tomorrow. However, a nuanced understanding of this disruption is crucial.

While captivating applications like AI-powered art generation and video creation software garner significant media attention, AI's true transformative power lies in its ability to automate many smaller yet critical workflows. 

Companies that successfully utilize AI can automate thousands of time-consuming tasks that previously required human labor or supervision across the entire organization. The potential for operational efficiency gains (reduced OpEx) and increased scale is substantial, freeing up resources for strategic initiatives and fostering an environment conducive to innovation and growth. McKinsey estimates that for roughly 60 percent of roles, a third or more hours worked could be automated. 

While new AI-driven jobs will undoubtedly emerge, some existing roles may be affected. Forward-thinking companies will prioritize workforce development through retraining programs and reskilling initiatives, ensuring employees possess the skill sets necessary to thrive alongside evolving technologies.

According to Boston Consulting Group, AI leaders dedicate a significantly larger portion of their revenue to AI initiatives, investing an average of 4%, compared to only 2.7% by lagging competitors. However, that investment pays off: Significant AI investments can yield up to a 20% increase in overall revenue. 


AI is not a fad, and the inevitable revolution is poised to reshape the business landscape as fundamentally as the software revolution before. Companies that strategically integrate custom AI solutions stand to gain a significant competitive advantage, while those clinging to outdated methods risk falling behind. Just as businesses that failed to adapt to the software revolution were left in the dust, those hesitant to embrace AI today could face a similar fate. 

The window of opportunity is not infinite. AI leaders are already outpacing competitors in investment, dedicating a significantly more significant portion of their revenue to AI initiatives. By proactively integrating AI technologies, businesses can unlock a new era of innovation and efficiency.  AI has the potential to streamline operations, personalize customer experiences, and fuel groundbreaking discoveries. However, this transformative potential hinges on strategic foresight and a willingness to adapt.

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