Phone Call Transcription and Insights with Video Indexer and Dynamics 365 (Part 1)

In many contact centers, the telephone continues to be one of the primary channels of engagement for customers. Frequently, the only insights we will have about the nature of a call that has taken place will be based on the typed notes or other data manually entered by the contact center agent. By leveraging Microsoft’s…

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Bots as Chat Agents, with Escalation to Live Agents

Update, Jul. 2018: With the QnA Maker service now in GA, it is now necessary to pass in an additional parameter to the QnAMakerDialog if using a GA QnA Maker Service: “endpoint hostname”; see this link (scroll to QnAMakerDialog heading, and CSharp code sample for details) Update, Feb. 2018: This post has been updated to…

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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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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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