Transitioning to an “AI-First” Company

by Chuck Dyer - June 10, 2024

Why AI-First?

The digital age demands innovation, and for businesses aiming to lead, becoming an AI-first company is crucial. This transformation means integrating artificial intelligence (AI) at the core of business operations to redefine models, products, and services. This blog post dives into what it means to prioritize AI and how it can fundamentally change business dynamics.

Understanding AI-First Companies

What is an AI-first company? It’s an organization that embeds AI into the fabric of its business. Whether it’s solving complex problems, enhancing customer interactions, or optimizing internal processes, AI is at the forefront.

Essential Questions for Pioneering Leaders

Transitioning to AI-first is not without its challenges. Leaders must consider:

  • Strategic AI use: Where can AI have the most significant impact?
  • Redefining business with AI: How can AI transform our current business model?
  • AI and interaction: How will AI improve how we interact with customers and employees?
  • AI prioritization: How do we integrate AI into our strategic planning?

Crafting an AI Maturity Model

A structured approach to AI integration can be outlined in a four-level AI maturity model:


  • Focus: Experimentation with AI capabilities.
  • Steps: Identify AI use cases; start small-scale projects.


  • Focus: Scaling AI-driven processes.
  • Steps: Automate tasks; enhance AI systems with robust data.


  • Focus: Full operational integration of AI.
  • Steps: Embed AI in key operations; leverage AI for strategic decisions.


  • Focus: Innovate and transform through AI.
  • Steps: Use AI for new products and markets; cultivate an innovation-driven culture.

Implementing AI in Your Business

Strategies for AI implementation:

  • Leadership Commitment: Drive AI initiatives from the top.
  • Resource Allocation: Invest in AI technology and skilled talent.
  • Data Infrastructure: Build infrastructure to support extensive data needs.
  • Adaptation and Learning: Promote a culture of learning and flexibility.

The Path Forward

Becoming an AI-first company is more than a technological upgrade; it’s a strategic transformation that requires ongoing commitment and adaptation. By adopting a comprehensive AI maturity model, businesses can position themselves for long-term growth and innovation in an AI-centric future.

At StarSevenSix, we understand the transformative power of artificial intelligence and how it can drive your business forward.  We can provide expert guidance and strategic insight, helping you integrate AI into your operations seamlessly. Whether you’re a startup, a medium-sized enterprise, or a large corporation, our tailored CAIO services are designed to meet your unique needs and ensure you stay competitive in today’s fast-paced market.

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Over his 35 year career, Chuck has worked in just about all facets of IT, from hands on network engineering to server and datacenter architecture to business continuity, as well as managing teams of developers focused on SaaS product design and development. Much of his career was building and advising emerging technology startups in the cloud, AI and blockchain industries. In addition, he is a US Military Veteran of 24 years, having served in the United States Marine Corps, United States Air Force Reserve and Ohio Naval Reserve. Chuck serves as the Vice President of Strategy at StarSevenSix.