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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

Do Not Pass Go: Deploying IVAs in the Calculated Enterprise

The age of A.I. based, conversational customer service is here – and your customers are interacting with a greater number of enterprise-grade intelligent assistants every day. But before shopping for

What the Government Gets Right in Customer Service

Government agencies are constantly searching for innovative ways to improve the customer journey. And with a new Intelligent Virtual Assistant from Next IT, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services i

Scaling Your Workforce in the Information Age

Siri and Cortana may be helping consumers find the best Thai restaurant more effectively, but will businesses trust the same kind of technology to help them make better decisions?

“Ask Julie” Named Best Consumer Application of AI

Each year, Awards.AI celebrates the advances in AI technology, recognizing innovative companies that are pushing the field forward. This year, “Ask Julie,” which has been hard at work on Amtrak.com si

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

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Next IT with GIL 88 Award for Leadership and Innovation in Latin America

Next IT recently received its second Frost & Sullivan Award in Latin America—showing market leadership in the intelligent assistant industry by driving change through innovation for enterprise clients

Customers are Loving Intelligent Engagement Technology (And You Should Too!)

When Amtrak implemented "Ask Julie" on its website, the railroad service empowered its 375k daily web visitors to self-serve in a more intelligent and productive fashion. Read more to see why every co