Unlock the potential of AI for business

In the current technological renaissance, we find ourselves amid a constant influx of new tools and innovations that hold the power to revolutionize various aspects of our lives. This transformative wave extends to the business landscape, with Artificial Intelligence (AI) playing a pivotal role. Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO of Microsoft, emphasizes this as a significant milestone in reshaping how we interact with computing, unlocking a new era of productivity growth.

A rising tide of small and medium-sized businesses is embracing AI to drive their enterprises forward securely. Envision an AI-driven assistant seamlessly integrated into your business’s digital infrastructure— analysing information, anticipating needs, optimising team efficiency, fostering innovation, and promoting collaboration between remote and in-office workers. This promising future is within your reach if you are ready to embrace AI and fortify your business security.

How the future of AI in business and cyber security can benefit you

Recent findings from a Small Business Now report reveal that 91% of AI users in the small to medium business space have experienced heightened success.1
Here’s how.

Optimise your productivity

In business, time is money. So, the more productive you are the more profitable you will be. AI helps save time by automating tasks, reducing manual errors, and freeing up your team to concentrate on essential responsibilities.

From bookkeeping to meeting preparation, AI for business streamlines a number of important processes, allowing your business to focus on growth while ensuring robust cyber security measures. AI is already being used to detect and respond automatically to cyber threats, taking the weight off your shoulders while keeping important assets protected.

Uplevel your skills

Applications like Word and Excel have hundreds of functions and tools that we rarely use, whether that’s because we don’t know how they work or don’t even know they’re there. AI tools for small business and beyond not only help you understand these better, but allow you to harness them in a way that works best for your organisation. AI alleviates the pressure of tight deadlines by offering creative suggestions and generating drafts, ensuring secure project initiation.

Improve communications

Effective customer service is paramount, especially in today’s competitive market. AI for business can personalise experiences securely, using data-driven insights to tailor communication strategies. By securely handling and assessing your data, AI recommends the best ways to appeal to customers, fostering loyalty through timely and targeted messages.

Invest in your profitability

Microsoft’s commissioned study via the International Data Corporation (IDC) reveals that organizations witness a return on AI investments within 14 months, with cost savings reinvested in other technologies, fostering further growth. Not only this, AI investments can contribute to cost savings through more streamlined and robust cyber security measures.

Keep up with a changing market without sacrificing business security

Failing to keep up with AI adoption could risk businesses falling behind. The IDC report indicates that 71% of respondents are already using AI, signalling a potential shift in the ‘new normal.’ Staying ahead demonstrates a commitment to innovation, ensuring readiness to scale and adapt securely as
the market evolves.

Introducing M365 Copilot: available now to your business

Microsoft 365 Copilot is an AI tool designed to assist businesses with repetitive tasks, generate predictive content, and provide relevant answers—all with a strong focus on cyber security. Integrated into M365, this tool enhances creativity, productivity, and skills for Microsoft Office users, especially those utilising Microsoft 365 Business and Enterprise licenses.

So how does it work?

M365 Copilot uses a combination of sophisticated AI algorithms called LLMs, or ‘Large Language Models’. These LLMs are able to securely process vast amounts of data and user activity in your calendar, emails, chats, documents, meetings, and more to understand, summarise, predict and generate content. It possesses an incredibly useful ability to better understand the way humans articulate thoughts, helping you get real information from simple requests. In other words, M365 Copilot understands what you mean and provides the results you need.

With M365 Copilot “You can be more creative in Word, more analytical in Excel, more expressive in PowerPoint, more productive in Outlook and more collaborative in Teams” – Microsoft.2

Experience greater security than other AI models

Your business gains enterprise-level security with M365 Business Premium, thanks to M365 Copilot’s ability to keep your business data secure from external threats3. M365 Copilot protects internal data from accidental leakage and ensures your employees have the right access to the right internal content. Built upon Microsoft’s comprehensive approach to cyber security, compliance and privacy, M365 Copilot automatically inherits your business security.
This is where an important question comes in, no matter what AI tool you are using – is your cyber security ready for AI?

Determine your AI readiness

Switching on AI requires more than optimism; your IT environment needs robust cyber security measures to protect data. Assess your cyber security readiness now to leverage the benefits of tools like M365 Copilot. Avail yourself of a complimentary Cyber Security Health Check today to ensure your security is up-to-date.

Register for your Cyber Security Health Check now and fortify your cyber security stance for the future of AI in business.

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1 https://www.forbes.com/sites/zengernews/2023/08/26/small-businesses-and-their-ceos-are-starting-tofind-
2 https://news.microsoft.com/2023/03/16/introducing-microsoft-365-copilot-your-copilot-for-work
3 https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/copilot/overview
4 https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2023/11/02/new-study-validates-the-business-value-and-opportunity-of-ai/
5 https://www.forbes.com/sites/zengernews/2023/08/26/small-businesses-and-their-ceos-are-starting-to-find-success-withai/?