AI investment increased during the pandemic, and many business plan to do more, Gartner found

A quarter of IT professionals increased AI investment levels due to COVID-19, 42% kept it at the same level, but 75% plan to continue or begin new AI projects in the next 6-9 months.

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As far as enterprise artificial intelligence projects are concerned, the COVID-19 pandemic was just a minor bump in the road, Gartner found: 24% of business and IT professionals surveyed said they increased AI investment during the pandemic, and 42% kept investment at the same level.

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Driving current AI investment has been customer experience and retention, revenue growth, and cost optimization, Gartner found. Those areas of focus are likely to continue as new projects are initiated in the post-pandemic business world, which Gartner said will be rich with AI investment.

Seventy-five percent of respondents said that they plan to continue current AI initiatives or invest in new ones over the

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GP Strategies Announces Divestiture of IC Axon, Improved Liquidity and Increased Focus on Core Competencies

COLUMBIA, Md., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Global workforce transformation solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) today reported the completion of its divestiture of its IC Axon business division to CM Canada Acquisitions, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of ClinicalMind, LLC,  a leading healthcare communications company. ClinicalMind paid GP Strategies approximately $28 million in cash for the business, subject to an adjustment based on the final determination of the business’s working capital as of closing, of which $1.5 million was placed into escrow for 12 months. Up to an additional $2 million of consideration may be paid to GP Strategies if IC Axon achieves certain revenue objectives for calendar year 2020. The acquired IC Axon business has trailing twelve-month revenue of approximately $12.5 million as of June 30, 2020.

“Our sales of assets in the last year have improved our liquidity and focused our efforts toward our largest

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