Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already made remarkable strides, and its development is set to accelerate in the next decade. AI and SAP consultants are already intrinsically related. As AI technologies continue to evolve, the job market will undergo significant changes on a macro level. In this article IgniteSAP explores how AI may develop further in the next 10 years and discusses its impact on the SAP job market.
Advancements in AI
Over the next decade, AI is expected to make significant advancements in several key areas –
Natural Language Processing (NLP), the field dedicated to enabling machines to understand and interpret human language, will reach new heights. NLP algorithms will become more accurate and proficient in understanding context, nuance, and sentiment, enabling AI systems to communicate and interact with humans in a more natural and meaningful manner.
Computer Vision, the branch of AI concerned with image and video analysis, will also experience huge progress. AI systems will gain the ability to recognize and interpret visual information with greater accuracy, enabling them to understand complex scenes, identify objects and even analyze facial expressions. This advancement in Computer Vision will have profound implications across various industries, such as healthcare, manufacturing, and retail.
Reinforcement learning, a technique that allows AI systems to learn from trial and error, will also witness significant strides. AI agents will become more adept at learning complex tasks through interactions with their environment enabling AI systems to autonomously acquire new skills and improve their performance over time, making them more adaptable and capable of solving complex problems.
Generative models, which focus on creating new and original content, will also continue to evolve. These models, such as Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs), will become more sophisticated in generating realistic images, videos, and text.
AI systems will also benefit from advancements in hardware technology, such as more powerful processors and specialized AI chips. This improved hardware infrastructure will enable AI models to run faster, process larger datasets, and handle more complex computations, leading to more accurate and efficient AI systems.
As AI technology becomes more sophisticated, it will have a profound impact on numerous industries, transform the way businesses operate and make decisions and it will have a huge impact on the jobs market.
AI and Job Displacement
The increasing capabilities of AI will lead to the automation of routine tasks across various industries. This automation will likely result in the displacement of certain job roles, including those of SAP consultants. AI-powered systems will be able to automate repetitive tasks, data analysis, and decision-making processes, reducing the need for human intervention in these areas. And, as AI develops the job market will in turn change adapting to the new capabilities of AI.
AI and SAP Consultants can work harmoniously together, however, there are several things that you can do to prepare for the future of AI to aid your employability. These include:
- Develop new skills: SAP consultants should develop new skills in areas such as data science, analytics, and AI. These skills will be in high demand in the future job market. AI is a leading pillar in SAPs strategy and there will be plenty of SAP job opportunities now and in the future. Remaining relevant to the changing landscape in key.
- Upskilling: SAP consultants should also upskill in their existing areas of expertise. This will help them to stay ahead of the curve and remain competitive in the future job market.
- Staying up to date: staying up to date on the latest trends in AI will help to understand how AI is changing the world and how to adapt to these changes. There are plenty of resources to tap into to stay up to date, including joining our SAP community. [You can sign up here to receive regular SAP related information]
- Being open to change: The world of technology and digitalization has rapidly evolved over the past few years and continues to do so on a large scale, those who are not open to change will likely be left behind. It is important to understand that traditional career paths are no longer the norm. It is imperative to remain open to changing roles, skill sets and career paths.
Transformation of SAP
SAP consultants who specialize in implementing and maintaining SAP enterprise software solutions, will experience notable changes in their profession. AI technologies will be integrated into SAP systems, providing advanced analytics, intelligent automation, and predictive capabilities. As a result, you will need to adapt your skill sets to stay relevant in this evolving landscape. SAP already has several AI integrated products, and many more were announced at the SAP Sapphire event last week [To read more about these, please click here]. This brings a plethora of opportunities for SAP professionals and customers.
Shifting Roles and Skill Requirements
While AI may automate certain tasks, it will also create many new and exciting opportunities. SAP consultants will need to shift focus from routine tasks to more complex and strategic activities. You will be required to leverage AI systems effectively, using them as tools to improve decision-making, optimize business processes, and drive innovation. Skills such as data analysis, AI integration, and strategic thinking will become increasingly vital.
Collaboration between Humans and AI
AI’s development will emphasize the importance of collaboration between humans and machines. As Juergen Mueller, SAP CTO, discussed in his closing keynote session at SAP Sapphire, humans and machines are in a duet, not a dual at SAP’. As an SAP professional, you will need to develop strong competencies in working alongside AI systems, understanding their limitations, and effectively harnessing their capabilities. By leveraging AI, you can enhance your problem-solving abilities, offer more valuable insights, and deliver better business outcomes and of course, setting yourself up to have a rich future career working with the latest developments and cutting-edge technologies.
Upskilling and Reskilling Opportunities
As mentioned earlier, as the job market evolves, you must actively seek upskilling and reskilling opportunities to adapt to the changing demands of the industry. Acquiring expertise in emerging AI technologies, such as machine learning, data science, and automation, will be crucial for you to stay competitive.
AI’s continued development over the next decade will undoubtedly reshape the job market, including the role of SAP consultants. While some routine tasks may be automated, AI presents new opportunities for SAP consultants to enhance their value by focusing on strategic decision-making, innovation, and collaboration with AI systems. By embracing upskilling and reskilling and an adaptive mindset, you can thrive in the evolving landscape, ensuring continued relevance and success in an AI-driven future.