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Facebook Messenger gets conversational and intelligent with Next IT IVAs

From web to mobile to social media, there’s not a digital channel where Next IT virtual assistants don’t feel at-home. Watch a demo of Next IT’s latest endpoint in action.

Controlling Machine Learning in Business

Machine learning is a pillar of conversational A.I. and natural-language systems that allows them to ingest and apply large amounts of information. In business, machine learning can be a bit unnerving

Frost & Sullivan on the End of a Long-Standing Customer-Service Dilemma

For businesses, no customer service options have been without significant downsides. A recent Frost & Sullivan report, though, points to an alternative that businesses can’t afford to ignore.

In Defense of Enterprise Complexity…

A recent TechCrunch op/ed piece was notable for recognizing the benefits that can be realized by narrowing a chatbot’s scope of knowledge to a single enterprise – as opposed to the world at large. But

Evaluating the IVA Experience, Part II: Machine-Driven Analysis

On the flip-side of an intelligent virtual assistant’s greatest asset – the ability to interact with thousands upon thousands of people every day – lies an enormous challenge: ensuring the quality of

Evaluating the IVA Experience, Part I: Human-Driven Evaluation

When designing a conversational A.I. experience, striking a balance between your business goals and your customers’ expectations isn’t always an easy task. But with careful analysis, you’ll find that

Unifying IT Systems in the Post-Stack Era

When it comes to software to fulfill a specific business need, the range of choices and vendors has never been greater. The resulting patchwork of systems, however, ends up being anything but seamless

Microsoft’s Tay and the Catch-22 of Rigid Boundaries

Microsoft’s recent test of a “chatbot’s” ability to learn through conversation with the public produced results that were, to put it mildly, unexpected. As it turns out, human oversight may not be eff

Wait, What?: Why Context Is King for IVAs

It takes more than just speech recognition and a large knowledgebase to create a high-quality intelligent virtual assistant. A good experience is based on two-way conversation, and that can’t happen w

16 Quotes that Defined AI and Intelligent Virtual Assistants in 2015

2015 was a big year for artificial intelligence and intelligent virtual assistants, with news being made left and right about big investments, innovative breakthroughs and further IVA development. Nat