Artificial Intelligence as a Service
XaaS (Everything as a Service) has become established as a usage model for computer resources in many areas. Cloud computing has created the basis for companies to no longer have to set up and operate software, infrastructure and platforms themselves, but to use them as a service via the Internet. The current trend technology in this area is AIaaS, Artificial Intelligence as a Service.
AI Has Specific Requirements
Pre-Trained AI Functionality
Advantages of AIaaS
What to Watch Out for with AIaaS
- Is data being collected? Many companies do not appreciate the fact that cloud services require them to grant providers extensive control and access options, even to data, and therefore reject them. To ensure that no company is excluded from convenient and cost- effective access to cutting-edge technology, Laigo does not collect data and destroys the data generated in the course of processing within a short period of time.
- Where is the service hosted? AI services are operated and managed in the provider’s cloud. This can lead to conflicts with the GDPR in cases where the provider hosts its offering outside the EU or in third countries that are not equal to the EU in terms of data protection – authorities in the USA, for example, have extensive access rights to data. Laigo therefore hosts its offering in Germany.
- Are the AI models pre-trained? Pre-trained models such as those from Laigo can be integrated and put into operation immediately without any effort and are therefore extremely user-friendly. Untrained or less pre-trained models require financial and human resources for training, which is only a sensible investment if models have to be adapted to company-specific requirements.
- What is the pricing model, especially for SaaS? As a rule, subscription models are offered, which can be structured differently: With some providers, individual AI models are subscribed to, for example the “Record delivery bills” or “Document classification” model. The costs increase with the number of models required. Individual models may include the processing of a certain number of documents. If the volume exceeds the exemption limit, each additional document is charged extra. Other providers, Laigo for example, charge only according to the number of documents processed, regardless of how many models are used to process them.
SaaS is a promising usage model for AI as well, because it gives companies down to the SME level access to modern technology that can save time and money and spur innovation. When choosing a provider, consideration should be given to how it handles data and where it hosts its offering. In addition, the pricing models of different providers should be calculated.