At Boomi World, CEO Lucas Claims AI Is Underhyped

Not even "Coach Prime" Deion Sanders could upstage AI at Boomi World.

Dave Raffo, MSP News Editor

May 9, 2024

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BOOMI WORLD — If you think AI is overhyped with all the attention it gets, Boomi CEO Steve Lucas disagrees with you.

“I think it’s underhyped, is what I think,” Lucas said at Boomi World. “I think people are a little skittish and cautious about it.

“The rate and pace of innovation is like nothing I've ever seen. Now, that may be a little bit of hyperbole, but really not that much," he added. "What I would draw everyone's attention to is, what were we doing 18 months ago? We were meeting ChatGPT. What are we doing today? We're meeting agents that can code. Are they perfect at it? No, we haven't replaced our engineers. Certainly not. But that was 18 months. It's not really a choice.”

Boomi CEO on stage at Boomi World 2024 in Denver, May 8.

Lucas said Boomi’s AI agents can help customers as they experiment with generative AI use cases.

“Experimentation now is a very good thing. And if you talk to most organizations, they're trying out things, understanding different scenarios,” he said. “We want to aid in that experimentation, the exploration, the understanding. But the time to explore and experiment is not five years from now. It's now.”

See our slideshow above for more on the AI revolution at Boomi World, plus a visit by "Coach Prime" Deion Sanders.

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Dave Raffo

MSP News Editor, Channel Futures

Dave Raffo has written about IT for more than two decades, focusing mainly on data storage, data center infrastructure and public cloud. He was a news editor and editorial director at TechTarget’s storage group for 13 years, news editor for storage-centric Byte and Switch, and a research analyst for Evaluator Group. In addition to covering news and writing in-depth features and columns, Dave has moderated panels at tech conferences. While at TechTarget, Raffo Dave won several American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards for writing and editing, including for column writing.

Raffo covers the managed services industry for Channel Futures. His reporting beat includes the MSPs, key vendors and tech suppliers with managed services programs, platform providers, distributors and all key players in this sector of the market. Dave also works closely on the Channel Futures MSP 501 and our live events.

Raffo has also worked for United Press International, EdTech magazine, Windows Magazine and Data Center Intelligence Group (DCIG) in reporting, editing and research analyst roles.

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