The Aragon Research GlobeTM for Conversational AI in the Intelligent Contact Center (ICC) 2023 by Aragon Research, Inc. has selected Avaya, a global leader in solutions to improve and streamline communications and collaboration, as a Leader.
The Avaya solution offers a “fully integrated technology stack including Unified Communication (UC), Contact Center (CC), and Workstream Collaboration (WSC), all extensible through Avaya Communications APIs and application library,” according to the report, which was written by Craig Kennedy, Sr. Director of Research at Aragon Research. The article further states that Avaya’s conversational AI solution is built to accommodate “text, audio, and visual interfaces” and is “omni-channel.”
Intelligent virtual agents (IVAs) or chat bots, which are a sort of conversational AI technology, improve the user experience. These IVAs are currently acting as co-agents with human agents, assisting them in problem-solving. Users can also independently access IVAs through self-service access to resolve their issues, providing a seamless and straightforward omnichannel customer experience.
One option for conversational AI is Avaya’s workflow automation. Its capabilities enable the development of new virtual agents that can incorporate conversational AI services from Google, Nuance, and other providers into custom or ready-made solution virtual agents.
The Avaya Experience Platform’s conversational AI capabilities set itself apart from competitors by providing the following:
- Voice-to-text transcription in real time, biometrics, sentiment analysis, and direction
- live, low-latency transcription
- Complete solution (no APIs required)
- Agent support
- extensive partner ecosystem and network
- Consumption of software across hybrid, public, and private clouds
“Companies strive to make the customer experience personalized, effortless, and frictionless; the agent experience should be no different”, “Conversational AI in the contact center can greatly enhance both the customer and agent experience. End customers want self-service access to address transactional needs quickly, but also want the flexibility to choose a human agent when a more complex issue arises. The Avaya Experience Platform can enable and augment agents to predict and react faster to real-time customer needs with the right level of access to information. Overall, this helps agents provide an upleveled experience by better contextually serving their customers and delivering an end-to-end omnichannel experience focused on the customer.”
Ahmed Helmy, GVP of the Experience Platform Product Management, Avaya
According to Kennedy, while conversational AI technologies continue to advance, organizations should be apprised of the most updated capabilities available.
“The bar has been raised for customer experience in the contact center. Today’s consumers are routinely experiencing digital interactions with social media, ecommerce sites, virtual assistants, and other digital solutions that are seamless, intuitive, and easy to navigate, and they expect nothing less from their contact center interactions”, “With a focus on intelligence and AI across its entire portfolio of offerings, Avaya is meeting these expectations by facilitating conversational AI powered customer journeys within its contact center over text, voice, and visual channels on the Avaya Experience Platform.”
Craig Kennedy, Sr. Director of Research, Aragon Research
“When we set out to find one solution technology partner, we really looked at it from the perspective of Avaya, the biggest contact center organization in the world. If we need help, in any country we can get Avaya support. That might not be the same, and it wasn’t the same, for other vendors…At a time of rapid change, it’s our goal to be that resource our customers can rely on to meet the growing needs of their customers. It is critically important to us that we apply AI in a meaningful and intentional way, and Avaya allows us to do this…[A] use case that we used conversational intelligence for was around a major digital and print company. One of our customers was trying to gauge if people were impacted by COVID with job loss…And then further wanting to cancel a subscription, one of those subscriptions or possibly both. So, we would leverage the Avaya Conversational Intelligence listening if they were thinking of cancelling and then offer alternate solutions real time, because that’s the benefit of Conversational Intelligence. It doesn’t do anything if it’s post-call, but since it’s real time, we can make a difference.”
Mike Baker, VP of Enabling Technologies at C3i, a multi-channel customer engagement services provider, specializing in global, high-touch consumer, patient, and end-user management
The Aragon Research Globe is a market evaluation tool that graphically depicts Aragon Research’s evaluation of a specific market and its component vendors. Aragon Research examined 14 major providers in a market that focuses on all forms of collaboration and communication based on its three dimensions that enable comparative evaluation of the participants in a given market. “Leaders” are noted as having comprehensive strategies that align with industry direction and market demand, and perform effectively against those strategies.