Five years ago, Finnish company Houston Analytics based its first strategy on the prediction that analytics and artificial intelligence, which had been advancing over recent years, would become the focus of business operations on a broad scale. We set a goal that once this happened, we would be ready and so well-known that the leading companies in their fields on the other side of the world, in Australia, for example, would seek out Houston Analytics and select it as their service provider.
“In October 2018, we celebrated our fifth birthday. We also achieved our original goal: an Australian company that is the world leader in its field became our client. This is a good example of a self-fulfilling prophecy. It also shows that Finnish expertise in analytics and artificial intelligence is valued also outside of our national borders,” says CEO of Houston Analytics, Antti Syväniemi.
2018 was the year when artificial intelligence made its breakthrough: it was on the agenda of a growing number of companies and was also a popular subject of discussion. In Finland this was partly down to A. Merilehto’s excellent book Tekoäly(artificial intelligence), which is written for the general public and explains the importance of artificial intelligence in practical terms.
“Personally, I think it is very important for Finland to become a leader in artificial intelligence. The fact that artificial intelligence has been forced out of its IT bubble and onto company agendas is already an excellent step in the right direction. AI applications will have huge significance not only for the corporate world, but also society as a whole. Therefore, I hope that the opportunities provided by artificial intelligence, as well as the changes it will bring, will be discussed openly and extensively,” says Antti Syväniemi.
For Houston Analytics, 2019 will be a year of rapid growth, internationalization, and increasingly innovative AI solutions. The Houston Analytics team knows exactly what to do when they hear the words “Houston, we have a problem”.