This is a guest post for the Computer Weekly Developer Network written by James Tedman, head of Europe region at BlueFlame AI.
BlueFlame AI is known for its AI for alternative investment managers which brings financial services-focused AI functionality to the alternatives space.
As the Corporate Finance Institute (CFI) explains, “Alternative investment managers invest in non-traditional assets, such as private equity, commodities, real estate, or infrastructure, or they invest in stocks, bonds, and money market instruments but use non-traditional strategies, such as going short or using derivatives to gain exposure and leverage on the underlying assets.
Tedman writes in full as follows…
Generative AI is set to transform how organisations aggregate and access information, make decisions and elevate their everyday workflows in 2024, with AI adoption becoming a business imperative vs a novel tech initiative.
When deploying enterprise applications, rather than building against one Large Language Model (LLM) it’s highly beneficial for developers to create AI solutions that are LLM-agnostic. This strategy offers maximum flexibility and resilience. Developers will be able to reap significant benefits from this approach by understanding the specific challenges and implementing a few necessary guardrails to ensure security, privacy, and compliance.
Let’s talk about the need to optimise performance and mitigate risk.
Customisation, optimisation and resilience are three critical benefits of LLM-agnostic AI solutions. Different LLMs have unique strengths – and being LLM-agnostic allows businesses to choose the best model for specific tasks, optimising performance and efficiency.
In the event of an LLM outage, having diversified LLMs will allow you to pivot to an alternative without significant disruptions, and can also be used to reduce model biases. This adaptability is crucial in a rapidly evolving AI landscape. Take the recent turmoil at OpenAI – this example alone demonstrates how reliance on one LLM can be risky. An LLM-agnostic approach ensures that businesses can reduce risks related to product or pricing changes, service discontinuation, or performance issues.
So how can we make LLM agnostic solutions work for developers?
Working with multiple LLMs requires developers to have a deep understanding of each LLMs capabilities, limitations and complexities. To be successful developers will need to navigate:
- Integration complexity: Working with multiple LLMs increases the complexity of integration, requiring robust APIs and middleware solutions.
- Performance consistency: Ensuring that different LLMs provide consistent and reliable results can be challenging, as each may have unique strengths, weaknesses, and learning behaviours.
- Data management: Different models may require different data formats, processing, and storage solutions, complicating data management strategies.
It’s essential that developers create appropriate guardrails to ensure security, privacy and compliance when building enterprise AI apps, especially as regulators gear up to scrutinise the space.
Here are some best practices developers should follow to stay secure and compliant:
- Data security: Implement strong encryption for data at rest and in transit. Regularly review and update security protocols to protect sensitive information processed by various LLMs.
- Privacy compliance: Adhere to privacy laws like GDPR or CCPA. Ensure that all LLMs used comply with these regulations, particularly regarding user data handling and consent. Ensure that you have commercial agreements in place with the LLM’s to prevent the use of data for model training.
- Access control: Implement strict access controls and authentication mechanisms to prevent unauthorised access to AI systems and sensitive data.
- Auditing and monitoring: Regularly audit AI systems for security vulnerabilities and monitor usage to detect and respond to malicious activities.
- Bias and ethical considerations: Regularly evaluate different LLMs for biases. Implement measures to reduce the impact of these biases on decision-making and outputs.
- Compliance with industry standards: Ensure that all AI solutions comply with industry-specific standards and regulations, particularly in sectors like healthcare, finance, and legal.
- Transparent Data Usage: Maintain transparency in how AI systems use and process data, informing stakeholders about the AI models in use and their data handling practices.
Developers have an exciting opportunity to deploy enterprise applications that will transform how organisations work daily.
With the understanding of the specific challenges and guardrails in place to deploy enterprise applications, developers using LLM-agnostic AI solutions will stand to have the greatest impact.