Bots as Chat Agents, with Escalation to Live Agents

Bots offer organizations a means of scaling customer service and customer engagement through natural and intuitive conversational experiences, as we’ve seen in some of our earlier posts. But bots will not always be able to meet all of our customers’ needs during an interaction. Being able to seamlessly transition a customer from a conversation with…

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The Intelligent Agent Assistant: Bots in the Agent Desktop – Part 2

This post is the second in a series in which we explore how we can leverage natural, conversational experiences powered by automated intelligence to empower the CSR, by building a contextually-aware Intelligent Agent Assistant, integrated into the Unified Service Desk agent desktop. We will build upon the bot that we brought into the Unified Service…

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The Intelligent Agent Assistant: Bots in the Agent Desktop – Part 1

When we think of how bots fit into a Customer Service strategy, the typical scenario envisioned is often that of a customer-facing bot, providing customers a conversational support experience powered by automated intelligence. But even with the deployment of a customer-facing bot, most contact centers will still need to support a significant number of customer…

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Product and Part Identifier Bot using Custom Vision Service

In this post, we will build upon some of the capabilities that have been explored previously, including Microsoft’s Bot Framework, and the Cognitive Services Custom Vision Service. We will create a Bot that is capable of identifying a part or product from an organization’s Dynamics 365 product catalog, using an organization-specific image classifier that is…

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Intelligently Routing Cases by Product with Cognitive Services Custom Vision

Microsoft’s Cognitive Services team recently made available a number of new services at the Build 2017 conference, to further augment the tools available to developers to enhance applications with natural methods of communication. One of these new services is the Custom Vision Service, currently in public preview, which “is an easy-to-use, customizable web service that…

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Bringing Bots into an Omni-channel Customer Service Strategy – Part 2: Creating Cases

This post is the second in a series in which we explore how we can take advantage of the benefits of scale and channel breadth with bots, making sure the experiences we create with them build upon the investments that we have made in our customer service strategy, and feed into the consolidated customer 360…

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Routing Cases by Sentiment with Cognitive Services Text Analytics

In our last post, we saw how we could leverage the sentiment analysis capabilities of the Cognitive Services Text Analytics API to automatically detect the sentiment of activities and information during customer interactions, and to automate actions in the agent experience based on the detected sentiment. In this post, we will bring those same sentiment…

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Sentiment Analysis in USD with Cognitive Services Text Analytics

As noted in an earlier post, Microsoft’s Cognitive Services offer an array of intelligent APIs that allow developers to build new apps, and enhance existing ones, with the power of machine-based AI. These services enable users to interact with applications and tools in a natural and contextual manner. These types of intelligent application interactions have…

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Bringing Bots into an Omni-channel Customer Service Strategy – Part 1

Update: This post was created using v1 of the Bot Framework. See Part 2 for a walk-through of upgrading the bot to v3, and augmenting it with the ability to create cases in Dynamics CRM.   As Satya Nadella highlighted at Microsoft Envision 2016, organizations are undergoing a digital transformation, driven by technological advances in…

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Automating Agent Actions with Cognitive Services Speech Recognition in USD

Microsoft’s Cognitive Services offer an array of intelligent APIs that allow developers to build new apps, and enhance existing ones, with the power of machine-based AI. These services enable users to interact with applications and tools in a natural and contextual manner. These types of intelligent application interactions have significant applicability in the realm of…

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