Quebec Artificial Intelligence (AI) is still struggling to get out of the lab. Although Quebec is a recognized international hub for the development of technology associated with AI, its SMEs and other companies rarely use them. They have lost the opportunity to increase their productivity or improve their short-term profits.
The Start up Although experts in AI for the business world are well aware of this possibility. The Minister for Economy and Innovation and the Minister for Regional Economic Development, Pierre Fitzgerald, has been repeating this for years. “In addition to increasing the productivity of our SMEs, digital technology is an effective response to the challenges posed by labor shortages,” he announced last Wednesday. Start up The Montreal company Worximity has announced that it has received 14 million from a group of investors, including Investment Quebec, among others.
Worximity says it can increase the productivity of manufacturing companies by 20 to 30% without any special effort on their part ছাড়া without agreeing to take such a popular digital shift so dear to Minister Fitzgerald. Worximity helps SMEs take their first step, known as “Industry 4.0”, where real-time capture from all over the company helps to advise a lot of data managers, thus speeding up their decision making.
A change that could pay off, says Ianic Desmoris, founder and CEO of Worximity. “We create information that can be used immediately. This is an advantage of efficiency which is achieved without excessive investment. A
It is better to explain AI to SME
Despite these promises, Quebec SMEs continue to neglect new technologies.
These two studies, published a few days apart, paint a somewhat unfortunate picture of the unnecessary use of technology by Quebec companies. In mid-May, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) released the results of a survey showing that 91% of SMEs in the country have invested significantly in technology in recent years, but only 5% use them effectively.
BDC sees this situation as creating a digital divide between growing companies who increase their competitiveness through the proper application of technology and those who are slow to take this turn. Citing the cost-related challenges and the uncertain benefits of using these technologies, about 40% of companies surveyed by the BDC said they do not have a website and two out of three SMEs do not analyze their client-related data.
Then last Wednesday, the Order of Chartered Human Resource Advisors (CRHA) shared the results of a survey focusing more specifically on the role of artificial intelligence in Quebec business. His observation: This role is almost non-existent. This worries the order because AI automates some unnecessary tasks and is an effective way to help reduce the impact of labor shortages by increasing the ability of employees to do more work.
“And yet, Montreal has the potential to be a global hub for AI development,” he said There is Manon Poirier, Executive Director of CRHA Order. “Why is there a disconnect between the development and application of this AI? A
Given a doubly curious question that SMEs surveyed by the Order seem to be well aware of the potential of AI to improve their business: two out of three companies admit they can improve productivity and four out of five companies believe they can automate internal processes. Can and thus reduce the workload for their employees.
“Nowadays there are many new young companies offering AI tools, these companies must better explain the potential of their technology to SMEs,” continued Manon Poirier, who envisioned a convenient agent capable of analyzing companies’ processes to guide them. The right tool for quick adoption.
Not only in terms of human resources, the adoption of digital technology has become essential not only for better recruitment, but also to prevent rapid departure, he said.
Yannick Desmora shook his head. “Today, attracting young workers with paper-pencil promises doesn’t work,” he explained.