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Nuance Brings Artificial Intelligence to the Omnichannel World

September 3, 2015

"The robots aren’t coming, they are here," is all I could think of today as I mulled over my notes from a recent meeting with Gregory Pal, Vice President, Marketing, Strategy & Business Development at Nuance Communications. Coincidently I also happened upon an article yesterday about how robots are doing more of the writing of the stories you read from the Associated Press - saving them time and money and more importantly allowing them and others to share stories which are of interest to various groups but which couldn’t previously be covered profitably.

To me, it seems the technology used to write stories is similar, in some ways, to the natural language understanding, or NLU technology, Nuance has been working on for many years. In fact, the company handles over 14 billion customer engagements per year with 80% of its OnDemand customers taking advantage of NLU as well as 1.7 billion mobile and web conversations processed through virtual assistant solutions.

Versay Solutions Moves to Support the Omnichannel World

August 31, 2015

A company known for professional services in the contact center –
Chicago-based Versay Solutions has more recently applied its skills in analytics and more to the world of omnichannel. According to Stephanie Laureys, Client Services Manager for the company – they are able to leverage leading-edge tech and assimilate it into existing technologies quite easily. For example, a demo she showed, consisted of an Amazon Echo speaker integrated with its middleware to allow a user to ask the speaker to send a text or make a conference call.

The company has deep experience in speech app and IVR design using open standards such as SIP, VXML and others.

Splice Software Uses the Power of Analytics to Expand its Product Line

August 31, 2015

Big data and analytics have had a huge impact on numerous spaces and certainly marketing is one of these areas. Perhaps the first mainstream story, in fact, describing the concept revolved around a retailer knowing a customer was pregnant before her family knew. The possibilities are certainly endless. You may recall a post I wrote some time back about IBM and the concept of digital Darwinism – the idea that companies that embrace new technology will win out over those that do not.

VoicePIN Voice Biometrics Brings New Tech to Phone and Apps

August 31, 2015

The biometrics market has been around for decades but never achieved widespread acceptance until after Apple rolled out TouchID. Laptop makers flirted with the technology about a decade ago but never got their systems to work very well. Apple – to its credit, released a solution which is very good.

GENBAND Perspectives 15 Live Blog #GBP15

May 18, 2015

Welcome to the Perspectives live blog for 2015. A follow up to blogs from 2014, 2013 and 2010.

The live blog officially starts tomorrow at 9:00 am - to get up to speed I met with Catherine Berthier, Sanjay Bhatia and Dennis Watson. This is what to expect this week:

We’ll here about progress with the Fring Alliance, Nuvia cloud UC as well as Kandy proof points.

There will be lots of discussion regarding network modernization.

HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

August 7, 2014

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do truly useful things through voice interactions. A big step in the right direction comes from a new app from N.L.P. LLP called HER. Yes, Siri works well for many things but if you tell it you want to buy an iPad Mini with Retina Display, it tells you to check out which isn’t the best mobile experience if you want to buy something quickly.

Sennheiser Rounds Out Portfolio

March 17, 2014


The UC space is alive and well even as it moves from the customer premise to the cloud. To learn more about the market I had a conversation with William Whearty (pictured), VP Sales & Product Marketing at Sennheiser where he told me their 70-year history of making microphones and headphones shows we know how to reproduce sound.

Now, the company is making an aggressive push into various segments of the UC market and is working to add certifications.

Cyara Helps Banks Improve Service Levels

September 16, 2013

One of the challenges call center managers have is testing their systems when deploying new solutions or modifying existing ones. As the most crucial link to many customer interactions, the contact center can play a pivotal role in keeping customers happy, continuing to recommend a company and keeping them coming back for more.

To learn more, I sat down with Lynn Evans who is an independent systems engineer deploying call center solutions. In the past she has worked for banks such as Franklin Templeton Investments and Wells Fargo.

SPEECHPRO's Multifactor Biometric Engine Doubles Reliability

September 12, 2013

Now that Apple has decided to jump into the biometrics space with Touch ID, we can expect the idea of finger, face and speech recognition to gain more traction. When it comes to biometrics there are different approaches which companies can take to ensure only specific people have access to computers and information. In Apple’s case the company is looking to make it easier to keep your phone secure. The single finger touch is all that is required to get into many of secrets located on your phone.

The challenge is as I blogged yesterday – a sleeping person can inadvertently divulge all their secrets to other people without realizing it.

Live-Streaming as Wearable Tech Killer App

August 22, 2013

When asked about the future of wearable tech and whether the market can truly evolve from under one billion dollars to fifty billion in a few years I point people to two trends which we can’t escape.

Miniaturization is unstoppable – the smartphone today is the supercomputer of a decade or so ago. Simply stated – even though battery technology isn’t evolving as fast as we would like, everything else is.

Although physics seems to be limiting battery performance, it doesn't mean the technology isn't advancing, Steve Grady from Cymbet has more

Jennifer Darmour talks about the growth of the Wearable Tech market at Wearable Tech Expo in New York

Five-ten years ago, did people think they would be watching movies on a device which fits in their pocket? Probably not.

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