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Here is a fact: today’s business world is fast and traditional strategies reliant on human-driven processes often fall short. 

While personal interaction and human insight have their undeniable strengths, they also come with significant drawbacks: they are time-consuming, lack clarity, and struggle to keep pace with the rapid changes in the market. 

As organizations strive to remain competitive (and as AI keeps developing) the integration of technology into strategic planning has become not just an advantage but a necessity. 

This synthesis of strategy and technology doesn’t merely represent a shift; it encapsulates a profound evolution in how businesses operate, compete, and thrive: This is how stratechs are born. 

In this article, we will explore how the convergence of technology and strategy is reshaping the business landscape, transforming the ways organizations innovate and meet the demands of the modern world.

We will talk about how AI is capable of things humans are limited on, and how stratechs leverage these capacities to drive sustainable growth and success in an ever-changing  world.

” the integration of technology into strategic planning has become a necessity.This synthesis of strategy and technology (…) encapsulates a profound evolution in how businesses operate, compete, and thrive: this is how stratechs are born. “

Strategy is now an impossible chess game

Strategy teams at large enterprises work endless hours, often taking significant bets to drive growth and reduce risks. The challenges they face are huge, and traditional methods are increasingly inadequate. Let’s delve into the primary issues making strategic planning more complex than ever: the overwhelming volume of data, budget constraints, and time limitations. 

Too much data to analyze

The volume of data generated and collected by businesses today is staggering. According to IDC, the global datasphere is expected to reach 175 zettabytes by 2025. This exponential growth means that strategy teams are inundated with data, making it nearly impossible to sift through and extract actionable insights manually. A study by IBM found that 90% of the data in the world was created in the last two years alone. This deluge of information can lead to analysis paralysis where teams struggle to identify which data points are crucial for strategic decisions. 

IDC's graph showing the global datasphere is expected to reach 175 zettabytes by 2025.
Pressured budgets

Budget constraints add another layer of complexity to strategic planning. In an environment where financial prudence is important, strategy teams must achieve more with fewer resources. This reduction forces strategy teams to find cost-effective ways to deliver value, often without the luxury of engaging external expertise. Financial pressure means that every decision must be highly justified, adding stress and urgency to an already challenging task. 

Not enough time

The pace of business today is relentless. Strategy teams often find themselves without the luxury of time needed to conduct thorough analyses and develop comprehensive plans. McKinsey notes that organizations need to respond to market changes faster than ever, with some industries seeing product life cycles of less than a year. This rapid pace requires strategy teams to be agile and responsive, yet the traditional strategic planning processes are typically slow and cumbersome. The result is a constant race against the clock, where quick, reactive decisions can overshadow thoughtful, strategic planning. 

AI Capabilities: Doing What Humans Can't

Artificial intelligence can perform tasks that are beyond human capabilities, particularly in terms of scale and speed. AI can analyze millions of signals and data points in minutes, a feat that would take human teams weeks or even months. This rapid analysis allows for the identification of patterns, trends, and insights that inform strategic decisions. 

Moreover, AI can propose a set of actions based on its analysis, offering decision-makers a range of strategic options backed by data. For example, AI can simulate various business scenarios, helping companies visualize potential futures and choose the best course of action. According to a report by Accenture, AI has the potential to increase productivity by up to 40% by 2035, demonstrating its significant impact on strategic planning and execution. 

Graph showing AI's growth through the years compared to non incorporation of AI. divided by countries.

According to Gartner, by 2025, 75% of enterprises will shift from piloting to operationalizing AI, driving a 5X increase in streaming data and analytics infrastructures. This shift underscores the growing reliance on AI-driven software solutions for strategic decision-making. 

Even traditional strategy consulting firms recognize the transformative potential of AI. Leading firms like McKinsey and BCG have established specialized AI divisions—QuantumBlack and BCG Gamma, respectively—to integrate AI into their consulting practices. These divisions focus on leveraging AI to enhance decision-making and provide data-driven insights to clients. 

In comes our vision at Descartes & Mauss, a stratech looking to revolutionize how large enterprises make decisions. 

The Value Proposition of Stratech

In an era where industries are continuously disrupted by technological advancements, the strategy-making sector is ripe for a significant transformation. As we’ve seen the emergence of adtech, proptech, healthtech, cybertech, and fintech, it’s now time to recognize the rise of “stratech” – the strategic integration of advanced technology into the core of business strategy formulation. 

The current pace of global change is faster and more unpredictable than ever before. Traditional strategy-making methods struggle to keep up with the dynamic and complex environment businesses operate in today. The need for rapid, data-driven decision-making is more critical than ever, yet many organizations still rely on outdated, manual processes that are neither efficient nor scalable. 

Stratech combines the best of both worlds: the foresight and analytical power of strategic planning with the precision and efficiency of advanced technologies, particularly artificial intelligence (AI). This fusion offers unprecedented levels of automation and reliability, even for the most complex tasks. As Sequoia highlighted in their AI Ascent summit earlier this year, the revolution in large language models (LLMs) is driving a transformation in the service market, enabling new levels of automation and insight. 

 

 

Descartes & Mauss' end-to-end AI-powered SaaS platform:

Descartes & Mauss’ platform for instance offers several key benefits:  

Enhanced data analysis allows advanced algorithms and machine learning models to process vast amounts of data at unprecedented speeds, providing companies with deeper insights into market trends, customer behavior, and operational performance.

Streamlined decision-making capabilities enable companies to respond more quickly to changing market conditions, a crucial factor in today’s fast-paced business environment.  

Resource optimization identifies problems, allowing companies to address these issues proactively, reducing costs, and maximizing productivity.  

Additionally, scalability provided by automation platforms ensures that strategic processes remain effective regardless of the company’s size as it grows.  

 

the stratech Descartes&Mauss, Pr[AI]rie associated partner, has raised 5.5m€ with Elaia and Polytechnique Ventures.

Conclusion

The rise of stratech marks a pivotal shift in how companies approach strategy formulation and execution. As AI technology continues to advance, its integration into strategic planning will become increasingly seamless and sophisticated. Companies that embrace this transformation will be better positioned to navigate the complexities of today’s business environment, ensuring they remain competitive and resilient in the face of uncertainty. 

In conclusion, the stratech revolution is not just a trend; it is a fundamental change in the way businesses strategize and operate. By leveraging the power of AI, organizations can achieve new levels of agility, precision, and insight, driving sustainable growth and success in an ever-changing world. 

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