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Virtually Speaking

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

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

Humans & machines have strengths & weaknesses, AI creates an opportunity for scaling your workforce to accomplish key enterprise goals.

“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