A few weeks ago, Gartner revealed a pretty stunning prediction: by 2020, 40% of bots and virtual assistants launched in 2018 will have been abandoned. This development was actually pretty predictable. Core technologies to build intelligent assistants have matured rapidly and are widely available. It triggered a vendor "gold rush" building chatbots. In addition, many scripted bots declared themselves intelligent, adding confusion in the marketplace. Companies implementing chatbots are finding it much harder than they expected, thus the current adjustment.
Chatbots and virtual agents are here to stay! Gartner also predicted rapid penetration of these solutions, from less than 2% last year to over 25% in 2020. There are several fundamental trends driving this adoption. The volume of customer interactions continues to rise while expectations of rapid service grow. Enterprises must harness self-service and automation to scale their customer service. Conservational dialogs make the assistance experience enjoyable and companies more accessible.
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[About the author] Nicolas De Kouchkovsky is a recognized industry expert in customer engagement and customer service. He is a fractional CMO helping small and midsize software companies. Nicolas was previously CMO at Genesys, driving the company’s expansion into the broader multi-channel contact center market. He is also the author together with Opus Research of the Intelligent Assistance and Bot Market landscape.
Titles: Author with Opus Research of Intelligent Assistance and Bot Market Landscape
Founder & Principal of CaCube Consulting
Publish Date: April 11, 2018 5:00 AM
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