Microsoft Among The Top Teams Leading Growth Of Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft ranks among the largest companies with the fastest-growing artificial intelligence (AI) team during the past three months, according to data released by Vectice, a company focused on data science.

With nearly 500 AI experts hired since March, Microsoft leads in the percentage and number of new hires, according to the data. The number of those newly hired employees represents a wide lead, compared with the second-fastest adopter, Kaiser Permanente.

Microsoft ranks No. 1 in terms of the percentage of growth -- 2.5 percentage points -- compared with all industry competitors. Ranked at No. 2 is GE Digital.

When analyzing the percentage growth compared with companies in the tech sector, however, Microsoft ranks No. 10 among 128 companies. No. 1 on the list of 10 is Concentrix.

Microsoft relies on AI for all aspects of its business, and continues to experiment with a variety of technologies for shopping and ads, such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and the metaverse.



In April 2022, Microsoft Advertising asked more than 1,000 U.S. consumers how they engage with AR, VR, and the metaverse. The data shows 43% have shopped through AR and VR. 

More than 25% of consumers have used AR or VR to make purchases online, and there are between 21% and 23% who have used AR or VR to view a product they’ll ultimately purchase in-store, according to the data.

Vectice’s list of global fast-growing AI teams in terms of new hires also includes Optum, CVS Health, USAA, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Robert Half, Walmart, and Bloomberg.

The top 10 fastest-growing companies in the percentage of growth over 3 months with an initial AI team size of more than 250 employees include Microsoft, Robert Half, Optum, CVS Health, USAA, Procter & Gamble, General Motors, Kaiser Permanente, Northwestern Mutual, and Expedia Group.

Vectice believes that these companies will have the greatest impact in enterprise artificial intelligence and machine learning in the coming years, which will define competitive advantages in the long run. 

The company has put together several lists related to AI. One is the Top 100 Fastest-Growing AI Teams in the United States, with research on the largest 2,500 U.S. companies across 120 industries.

The list of industry leaders, which the company calls the “first of its kind,” is free. Users can filter and search the list by company size, data science team size, data science team growth rate, industry segment, and the company’s depth of strategy.

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