There’s plenty of money earmarked in the corporate budgets

by AI Business 20 August 2019

Businesses in Singapore are excited about the potential of artificial intelligence, and are testing the whole gamut of AI applications, but are often too cautious when it comes to deploying them in production.

According to research by AI Summit, Singapore leads the world in the sheer variety of AI tools available, but just 14 percent of businesses said they can boast to having mature AI products and services in place, compared to 24 percent internationally.

Just 6 percent said they were at a stage where advanced AI had become fundamental to their operations. The average across the rest of Asia Pacific and beyond was 12 per cent.

AI Business surveyed 447 businesses form Singapore and the wider region and found that more than two thirds of local companies had already allocated budget for current or upcoming AI projects.

Most (78 percent) quoted increased productivity as the number one driver for adopting AI technologies, followed by improving customer experience (69 percent), transforming business and operational models (67 percent) and reducing operating costs (64 percent).

Respondents said they saw the cost of deployment and lack of AI skills and expertise as the largest barriers to wider AI adoption.

Just 35 percent said they had most of the required expertise for AI projects in-house, 32 percent relied on external service providers, and another 32 said they currently have no access to skilled data scientists and AI professionals.

A massive 82 percent of survey participants said they want to remedy the situation by developing the necessary skills internally within five years, underscoring the importance of technical education in this rapidly growing field.

The complete findings of the survey can be accessed on the AI Summit page.


AI Summit is returning to Singapore on 11 and 12 of September, expecting more than 1,800 conference attendees, with executive speakers from Microsoft, AXA, SP Digital, AirAsia and SGInnovate.

The event is part of TechXLR8 Asia, a festival of innovation bringing together the worlds of IoT, 5G, AI, network virtualization, blockchain, investment and early-stage business development.