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Department of Computer Science
Enterprise Computing

Do AI Yourself - Development of a Toolbox for the Successful Integration of AI-as-a-Service into SME Business Models (D-AI-Y).


Call: „Entwicklung neuer digitaler Leistungen für datenorientierte Wertschöpfung (DigiLeistDAT)“
Project management : Prof. Dr. Christian Janiesch
Project participants: TU Dortmund University, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, acp Systems AG, Actiware GmbH, B&M Industrial Services GmbH, G & O Automatisierungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, Motion Miners GmbH, Westfälische Lokomotiv-Fabrik Reuschling GmbH & Co. KG
Project start: 01.01.2024
Project end: 31.12.2026
Funding volume: 2,500,000 Euro
Funding source: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)


Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are now also recognizing the enormous potential of artificial intelligence (AI) for innovating their business models. For example, AI can be used to create and utilize more accurate forecasts than before for the maintenance of machines. However, SMEs in particular face challenges in implementing AI-based solutions and customer-centric offerings compared to large enterprises in terms of technical expertise, scalable infrastructure, data privacy concerns, and quantity and quality of AI training data. The potential of AI-as-a-Service (AIaaS) for SMEs lies in leveraging key third-party technical resources and implementation expertise. However, SMEs often have almost no experience with AIaaS solutions either.

The goal of the project is to develop solution building blocks for SMEs so that they can effectively use AIaaS solutions, integrate them into their own products and services, and implement innovative business models along the way. The solution modules of the D-AI-Y toolbox include business model patterns for AIaaS-based services and associated implementation concepts, which are made accessible to interested SMEs via low-threshold methods of knowledge transfer with an online portal, workshops and guides.

D-AI-Y © D-AI-Y (2024)
D-AI-Y Logo © D-AI-Y (2023)
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung © BMBF (2023)
Projektträger Karlsruhe (PTKA) © KIT (2023)