Artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud service are big business. Total investment in AI reached $26 billion to $39 billion in 2016 — triple 2013’s numbers, according to a recent survey conducted by Harvard Business Review. And in the next 15 months, roughly 80 percent of all IT budgets will be committed to cloud solutions. That said, despite both industries’ steady growth, just 20 percent of companies say they use one or more AI technologies in a “core way,” and 49 percent say they’re delaying cloud deployments. IBM blames the dichotomy on the challenges involved in marrying disparate services.