A recent poll conducted by Gartner Research reveals a significant increase in the adoption and investment in generative AI (genAI) among organizations. The survey of over 1,400 executive leaders found that 45% of organizations are running genAI pilots, and 10% have already implemented genAI solutions into production. This marks a threefold increase in organizations piloting genAI and more than a doubling of those using it in production compared to a poll conducted earlier in the year.
The rise of generative AI can be attributed to its transformative potential in various business functions. Software development, marketing, and customer service (such as chatbots) are seeing the highest rate of genAI adoption and investment. Additionally, 78% of respondents believe that the benefits of generative AI outweigh its risks, up from 68% in the earlier poll.
Gartner predicts that by 2025, more than half of software engineering leader roles will require oversight of genAI development. This aligns with the increasing role of AI in software development, as AI tools are becoming more important for tasks like data analysis, code writing, security analysis, and bug identification.
However, while there is enthusiasm about the potential of AI development tools, it may take some time for AI-powered tools to become widely adopted and coordinated across the industry. The impact of AI on software teams is still in its early stages, with AI slightly improving individual well-being measures but having a neutral or potentially negative effect on group-level outcomes.
In conclusion, generative AI is gaining traction across various industries and business functions, but its full potential is yet to be realized. It has the potential to enhance efficiency in software development and various other fields, but organizations need to carefully integrate AI tools into their workflows and address potential challenges.