Apr 11 2024
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How Lenovo Helps Businesses Achieve a Hybrid AI Model

Hybrid artificial intelligence lets companies unlock the technology across their ecosystems. Here’s how Lenovo can help.

Artificial intelligence is undeniably transformative. But the reach and impact of this transformation depends on how companies integrate, implement and use AI.

For Lenovo, the biggest business benefits start with a simple concept: “AI for All.” By embracing a hybrid approach that combines public and private AI, enterprises can get equipped to navigate the changing role of the technology in the workplace. Here’s how.

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Understanding the Evolution of AI

Substantive AI efforts got their start in the 1960s and 1970s but were hampered by a lack of computing power. Expanded storage and processing operations in the late 1980s and 1990s saw the development of AI tools capable of beating chess grandmasters, interpreting speech and recognizing emotions.

Cloud computing kicked AI expectations into high gear, but initial efforts were more hype than help. According to a 2021 study, for example, 66 percent of AI-driven chatbot interactions received a rating of 1 out of 5 stars from customers.

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Soon after, industry-specific applications of AI shifted toward improving productivity. According to Lenovo, AI tools are used in manufacturing to reduce downtime by up to 45 percent, in retail to increase profitability by up to 59 percent and in finance to drive down default rates by up to 20 percent.

Widespread adoption, however, has set the stage for a new phase known as hybrid AI. Under this model, AI is brought closer to the data, whether it’s in the cloud or on-premises. These AI systems also offer “a full line of servers with NVIDIA GPUs,” according to The Futurum Group.

John Encizo
We believe that AI is the future, one where public, private and personal AI will coexist.”

John Encizo Principal Technical Consultant and Field CTO

The Rise of Hybrid AI

According to John Encizo, principal technical consultant and field CTO for Lenovo, data center-driven AI can’t keep pace with evolving use cases. “The amount of data being generated is expected to double by 2025,” he says. “75 percent of all of this data is expected to be created and consumed at the edge, far away from the data center.”

Hybrid frameworks offer the best path for AI moving forward. “We believe that AI is the future, one where public, private and personal AI will coexist,” Encizo says.

For modern-day workforces that are spread across geographic regions and leverage a combination of in-person and remote work, hybrid AI also offers efficient access to resources and the ability to analyze data and take action anytime, anywhere.

$1 billion

The amount Lenovo will invest over the next three years to accelerate artificial intelligence deployment for global businesses

Source: news.lenovo.com, “Lenovo Grows AI Infrastructure Revenue to Over US$2 Billion and Brings AI to the Data with Industry’s Most Comprehensive Portfolio,” June 14, 2023

Lenovo Helps Businesses Embrace AI-Ready Ecosystems

Lenovo offers multiple paths to help businesses navigate AI evolution, including:

AI Professional Services Practice: Lenovo has grown its AI infrastructure revenue to more than $2 billion and plans to invest another $1 billion over the next three years. Part of this investment focuses on helping customers make the most of their AI deployments.

“Lenovo’s TruScale Infrastructure as a Service offering, coupled with our AI Advisory and Professional Services Practice, enables customers to benefit from AI while Lenovo handles the real-time management of the systems,” Encizo says. “This allows customers to focus on their high-performance workloads, knowing that Lenovo is there to manage their platforms from start to finish, ensuring ease of operation throughout.”

Computing orchestration and automation: Lenovo Intelligent Computing Orchestration simplifies the use of clustered computing resources for AI, while Lenovo Open Cloud Automation helps automate cloud deployment and accelerate time to value.

 Purpose-built, AI-ready devices: With Lenovo’s expanding lineup of purpose-built AI devices including the ThinkPad, ThinkBook and ThinkCentre, along with its new edge server and prototype AI PC, companies can deliver personalized AI experiences to their employees.

For example, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 12 includes features and content tools such as predictive text, background blur, transcription, and email summaries to enhance employee productivity and creativity without sacrificing performance.

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Al for One, AI for All

AI is here to stay, and Lenovo’s hybrid framework is here to help. “Lenovo’s purpose-built, AI-ready infrastructure is for more than just AI in the data center,” Encizo says. “Lenovo has designed platforms to deliver AI directly into the hands of users or to the infrastructure’s edge, helping businesses unlock the power of their data anywhere it is needed.”

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