Artificial intelligence and digitalisation to accelerate the sustainable growth of SMEs

The aim of the AI ​​4.0 development package of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy is to strengthen Finland’s economic, ecological and social sustainability approach through the application of intelligent technologies and the data business. MDI facilitates the pre-programme strategy process for the sustainable digitisation of manufacturing industry in Finland.

The Ministry of Employment and the Economy published the first interim report on its programme, in which MDI’s handprint appears in the form of user stories, among other things. They emerged from business interviews with manufacturing SMEs and in relation to the various other materials used in and generated by the strategy work. The stories describe archetypal companies, operating environments and personalities through which to best describe the challenges of sustainable digitalisation and in particular the introduction of artificial intelligence into SMEs.The stories include both the current situation, which describes the identified challenges and a number of positive future scenarios which describe how companies are leveraging digitalisation to grow their businesses.

– The user stories raise concrete challenges in terms of the introduction of new technology. In order to make better use of artificial intelligence and digitalisation, SMEs need new types of value networks, competence development and strong R&D cooperation in which universities and large companies are also involved, says leading expert Veera Mustonen.

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