59% of India’s enterprises integrate AI into operations

by Time Doctor
AI integration in Indian enterprises

According to the most recent results from IBM’s Global AI Adoption Index 2023, India has become the world leader in implementing AI in the workplace. India leads the list of nations studied, with an astounding 59% of enterprise-scale firms actively incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) into their operations.

India’s AI journey

The study provides a clear picture of the country’s quick progress in adopting AI. Over the past two years, a startling 74% of surveyed enterprises—classified as early adopters—have increased their spending in AI considerably. This increase shows a strong commitment to using AI for competitive advantage and spans important areas including workforce reskilling and research and development (R&D).

Obstacles ahead

Notwithstanding India’s impressive advancements, there are still obstacles in the way of AI domination. According to IBM’s survey, the biggest obstacle to the adoption of AI is a lack of skills; thirty percent of respondents cited this as a major difficulty. Additional challenges include the lack of suitable platforms and tools for developing AI models, the difficulty of integrating and scaling projects, ethical issues, and data complexity.

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The path ahead

In the long run, 2024 is going to be a significant year for India’s AI environment. The main goal will be to tackle these issues head-on, with a strategic focus on efforts to improve skills and the creation of strong AI governance frameworks. The Managing Director of IBM India & South Asia, Sandip Patel, stresses the need for companies to take advantage of AI’s unrealized potential and emphasizes the importance of growing AI implementation beyond simple testing.

Important takeaways

  • Steady adoption: Currently, 27% of IT workers at big Indian firms are investigating the possible uses of AI, while 59% of them indicate active implementation.
  • Acceleration of investments: Notably, 74% of IT professionals at AI-focused businesses report increased investment, especially in R&D, reskilling, and proprietary AI solutions.
  • Skills gap predicament: Thirty percent of respondents pointed out that the biggest barrier to AI adoption is a lack of AI skills and knowledge.
  • Remarkably, 94% of respondents emphasized the significance of AI transparency, highlighting the critical role that trust plays in promoting the broad use of AI.
  • Workforce transformation: AI is having a noticeable influence on the workforce. Businesses are using AI to improve customer service, automate activities, solve labor shortages, and streamline HR procedures.


IBM’s analysis portends a bright future in which India is positioned to spearhead the global push for AI adoption as it sets off on its AI adventure. However, coordinated efforts are required to close the skills gap and negotiate the ethical issues surrounding the development and application of AI in order to accomplish this goal.

India is well-positioned to harness the revolutionary potential of artificial intelligence in the next years, with a deliberate focus on skill development and governance.

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