AI for Business Agility
Papers from the 2011 AAAI Spring Symposium
Knut Hinkelmann and Barbara Thönssen, Program Cochairs
Business agility is a key attribute of successful private and public organisation. It is a topic of increasing interest in a globalized business environment, in particular boosted by the recent global financial crisis.
Agility requires both ad-hoc reactions on what is happening in a specific situation and also adaptation of the organisation in the long run. For adaptations, two principles can be distinguished: change and maturating. Whereas the first is an explicit, planned transformation of an enterprise, the latter can be viewed as being a continuous improvement.
It is a challenge for any business, to sense opportunities or threats, prioritize potential responses and act efficiently and effectively. Various approaches such as cloud computing, business IT alignment, enterprise architectures or context modelling promise to provide solutions. Artificial intelligence can contribute in several ways to increasing the agility of organizations. The papers in this report discuss some of the broad spectrum of contributions that AI has to offer.