KPMG expands alliance with AI specialist

KPMG is to expand its global alliance with software development platform provider Appian in a push to create artificial intelligence (AI) services which improve business decision-making and compliance

The relationship will see KPMG combine its existing ‘Ignite’ portfolio of AI services, which includes methods and tools, with the speed, features, and intelligent automation (IA) capabilities of Appian’s low-code platform.

The two companies will develop new AI-related applications, and Appian’s platform will be leveraged by KPMG Lighthouse, the firm’s centre of excellence for data and analytics, to demonstrate application and operational delivery of innovative AI services.

KPMG says AI technology holds immense promise for smarter decisions, faster action, and smoother business operations in a range of scenarios including risk management and regulatory compliance.

Real-world deployment of AI solutions lags, however, because AI solutions tend to exist in separate silos that are disconnected from operational systems. Appian and KPMG will work together to bridge this gap, enabling AI applications to be directly injected in real-time into the applications that run organisations’ most essential business processes. At present, the results of AI are predominantly used as a way to analyse after the fact, but this approach will allow businesses to apply the results directly in active processes.

Bill Cline, intelligent automation US advisory leader at KPMG, said: ‘Appian not only provides the digital layer to connect operational systems, it also helps integrate multiple classes of intelligent automation technology with human operations to optimize and expand the business value of our IA solutions.

‘Appian is an ideal platform to help operationalize advanced AI solutions in a fraction of the time, and we can deliver exceptional client value with this new aspect of our relationship.’

Report by Pat Sweet

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