Get started
Cases

Automated Financial Reporting for the Agriculture Sector

Forte Group enhanced client's report-generation process using artificial intelligence

Automated Financial Reporting for the Agriculture Sector
Automated Financial Reporting for the Agriculture Sector

Automated Financial Reporting for the Agriculture Sector

Client:
Global Agriculture Company

Industry:
Agriculture

Technology and Platforms:
CustomGPT, OpenAI Playground, Assistant API, and Claude 

Background

Our client was looking to enhance their report generation process using artificial intelligence. The primary goal was to significantly reduce the time spent by market analysts on creating reports in the agriculture sector, allowing them to focus more on collecting information from different sources. The analysts would then edit and refine the final content rather than compile it from scratch.

 

Initial Challenges

The client faced several challenges in implementing AI for report generation:

AI.CS.Icons_Time-ConsumingProcess
 
 
 
Time-Consuming Process
 
 
Reporters were spending approximately four hours to generate each report. This time-intensive process involved gathering data, analyzing information, and manually drafting the report. The client needed a solution to streamline this workflow and free up valuable time for their reporters.
 
AI.CS.Icons_AccuracyConcerns
 
 
Accuracy Concerns
 
 

Ensuring that AI-generated reports were accurate and free from errors was a significant concern. The client needed the AI to match the quality and precision of reports generated by experienced human market analysts to maintain their reputation for reliability and professionalism.

AI.CS.Icons_DataBias
 
 
Data Bias
 
 

The potential for data bias in AI models could lead to skewed and unreliable reports. Bias in training data could result in the AI producing content that was not representative or fair, thereby compromising the integrity of the reports.

AI.CS.Icons_AIHallucinations
 
 
AI Hallucinations
 
 

Instances where the AI might generate incorrect or irrelevant information, commonly known as hallucinations, posed a risk. These hallucinations could undermine the credibility of the reports and lead to misinformation.

AI.CS.Icons_ProcessRepeatability
 
 
Process Repeatability
 
 

Achieving consistent and repeatable results with AI-generated reports was essential for maintaining quality. The client needed assurance that the AI could deliver the same high standard of reports every time, without significant variations in quality or accuracy.

Solution

To address these challenges, Forte implemented a Proof of Concept (POC) that focused on several key improvements:


Multi-GPT Approach
We utilized a multi-GPT approach to mitigate the risk of hallucinations. Each GPT did one specific task, and when it does one small thing at a time it is less biased to hallucinate. By making separate tools for each dataset, we ensured that the AI models were exposed to a wide range of perspectives and information but focused on one specific task at a time. This approach helped produce balanced and unbiased content, making the reports more representative and fair.

Chain of Thought Processes
Implementing a chain of thought processes involved breaking down the AI’s decision-making into logical steps. This method reduced AI hallucinations by making the generated content more coherent and contextually accurate. By guiding the AI through a structured thought process, we improved the overall reliability and quality of the reports.

Leveraging Baseline Knowledge
Forte recognized the importance of equipping AI with a solid foundation of baseline knowledge to enhance the accuracy and relevance of the generated reports. By integrating key data points, such as market share percentages, seasonal trends, and historical data, into the AI models, we enabled the AI to understand the unique impact of each event on the client's specific market.

This data-driven approach allowed the AI to make more informed predictions, drawing upon its understanding of the market's characteristics and dynamics. With baseline knowledge at its core, the AI could reason the cause and effect clearly, based on up-to-date data. By leveraging baseline knowledge and using prompt techniques that reinforced related data from that baseline, our team empowered the AI to deliver customized insights that were directly applicable to the client's business decisions. 

Achievements


Through the POC, Forte achieved several significant outcomes:
 
  • Reduced Report Generation Time


The overall report generation process was reduced from four hours to about one hour. This significant reduction allowed market analysts to spend more time on higher-value tasks such as editing and refining content, improving the overall quality of the final reports. The efficiency gain also meant that the client could produce more reports within the same timeframe, increasing their output and responsiveness.

  • Improved Report Quality

With proper training, the AI models were able to produce reports that were comparable in quality to those generated by human reporters. This demonstrated that AI could be a valuable tool in the report generation process, capable of producing high-quality content with minimal human intervention. The AI's ability to consistently generate accurate and coherent reports boosted the client's confidence in the technology.

  • Addressing Initial Concerns

While the report quality improved, the exercise also highlighted that the models still required additional tuning. Issues such as subtle inaccuracies and occasional biases needed to be addressed to fully realize the AI's potential. These activities were planned for future development to further enhance the accuracy and reliability of the AI-generated reports. The ongoing tuning and improvement process ensured that the AI would continue to evolve and improve over time.

Technologies

 

To implement the POC solution, we leveraged several advanced technologies:


Multiple Custom GPTs
Each data source had its own CustomGPT, which analyzed data and output it in a structured way. This ensured that each piece of information was accurately processed and contextualized.


Prompt Engineering
Tools such as OpenAI Playground, Assistant API, and Claude were used to generate the reports. These tools allowed us to fine-tune the AI models and optimize the finalizing prompts, ensuring high-quality and coherent outputs.

 

Benefits

The POC also demonstrated several business benefits:

AI.CS.Icons_IncreasedEfficiency
 
Increased Efficiency
 
 
The AI-driven process significantly improved efficiency, enabling more frequent report delivery and the potential for on-demand updates. The client could generate reports on a wider range of commodities at a much higher rate, keeping pace with market demands and expanding their offerings.

AI.CS.Icons_CostSavings
 
Cost Savings
 

The AI solution allowed the client's team to support a higher volume of reports simultaneously, reducing the need for proportional workforce expansion. This optimization resulted in significant cost savings, enabling strategic resource allocation for growth and innovation.

AI.CS.Icons_CompetitiveAdvantage
 
Competitive Advantage
 

Implementing AI in report generation positioned the client as an innovative leader in the industry. Leveraging cutting-edge technology to enhance their operations gave them a competitive edge, allowing them to offer faster and more reliable services than their competitors. The reputation for innovation and efficiency attracted new clients and strengthened relationships with existing ones.

Conclusion

Forte's collaboration with the client demonstrates the potential of a robust AI strategy. By addressing key challenges and implementing effective solutions, we demonstrated that AI could significantly enhance efficiency, accuracy, and overall quality in report generation. Our partnership not only improved the client's operational efficiency but also paved the way for future advancements in AI-driven content creation. 

This case study exemplifies how a strategic approach to AI implementation can lead to substantial business benefits and position an organization as a leader in its industry.

You may also like...

Performance Testing for a Global Life Sciences Company

Customized Performance Testing solutions across diverse applications tailored to the Client's business needs