According to my experience, there are three things companies have to do in order to prepare their processes and systems for AI automation:
1. Make processes transparent, interconnected, and standardized. For instance, a company may implement Goldratt's theory of constraints or simply Agile methodology not only in development teams but also in the business and administrative sectors.
The first theory helps to clarify the situation in department communication, smooth the flow of production processes, and identify the underlying limits in it. Agile, on the other hand, helps to build transparent workflow and team performance rules with projected results.
At the end of the day, the goal is to eliminate the limits of current systems and problems that come with them. Obviously, if processes don't work correctly, automation won't change anything. We understand that business processes are ready for automation when we clearly understand every step of any of the key processes, everyone's role in this process, and how departments interact.
2. Companies should accumulate knowledge in databases/knowledge bases. Moreover, the company needs to make sure the knowledge base is always up-to-date and easily understandable by any employee. This is a crucial component because AI bots absorb this info and learn from all the text or voice data a company has. This would become an awesome and necessary basis of a future AI bot core.
3. Accelerate decision-making with delegation. Bottlenecks are still a very common thing in many companies. And though a CEO deciding on most things is fine for a small startup, with growth, this approach grows into a parasite feeding on time and leads to lower efficiency and huge delays on decisions to be made.