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AI Budgets Soar by Over 80%, Reveals ABBYY State of Intelligent Automation Report

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Even as economic conditions challenge enterprise spending, a surge in AI investments has been a game-changer, with 82% of IT executives acknowledging the impact, reveals the recent State of Intelligent Automation Report by ABBYY, focused on the economic repercussions on AI priorities. This study amassed insights from the minds steering IT in the US, UK, Germany, and France.

The AI Effect: Amplified Work Value and Innovation

Contributors from prominent countries shared an intriguing panorama of the AI terrain, linking AI endeavours to elevated value work (60%), a surge in happiness (62%), and enhanced employee innovation (59%). This advancement in intelligent automation appears to liberate employees from daily monotony, providing the freedom to delve deeper into initiatives that are more aligned with customer needs and revenue generation.

A New Era of Employee Retention and Efficiency

In a time marked by concerns of job losses due to AI, a substantial 49% of participants witnessed a climb in staff retention post the integration of intelligent automation. Enhanced employee efficiency (52%) and productivity (48%) are amongst the crowning jewels AI has bestowed upon organizations. About a third of global employees reported experiencing a more balanced work-life paradigm due to AI innovations, with the US (47%) and the UK (42%) reporting significant stress reduction.

“IT executives are gaining powerful value from their AI investments,” Gabrielle Lukianchuk, the Chief Marketing Officer at ABBYY articulated. With over half the surveyed leaders citing refined quality and expedited product delivery as notable gains from AI, and more than a third experiencing elevated customer service levels, the doubled ROI from AI initiatives in intelligent automation is well-justified.

Investing in the Future: AI Budgets and Strategies

AI investments have marked a compelling narrative in 2023, with nearly half (47%) of enterprise captains experiencing a twofold return, a rise from 43% in the previous year. A whopping 82% confessed to AI budget escalations, with 48% inclined towards further investments. These numbers are all the more impressive considering the concurrent cost cut-downs in other enterprise segments.

Medium to large-scale enterprises are leading the charge in AI investments to fuel intelligent automation, with emerging entities enhancing investments by up to 35%. This trend underscores a growing acknowledgment of AI as a requisite competitive edge.

The AI wave is further intensified by the advent of expansive language models and generative AI, with a staggering 89% of IT executives having robust AI strategies embedded in their frameworks. Revenue-affecting operations like marketing, product development, sales, and logistics are emerging as primary focal points in compressed three-to-five-year AI roadmaps.

Concluding Remarks

The AI revolution is paving the way for transformative changes in employee mindset, work efficiency, and enterprise innovation. For an immersive dive into the nuances of AI investments, returns, budget allocations, and the consequent benefits, ABBYY’s report, The State of Intelligent Automation: Impact of the Economy on AI Priorities, serves as a comprehensive guide.

This amalgamation of insights underscores the transformative essence of AI, painting a vivid picture of its sprawling impact across multiple industries. It remains to be seen whether the exponential growth in AI will continue to pave the way for more technological breakthroughs over the next decade.

A founding partner of unite.AI & a member of the Forbes Technology Council, Antoine is a futurist who is passionate about the future of AI & robotics.

He is also the Founder of, a website that focuses on investing in disruptive technology.