Voice-based personal assistant

By December 10, 2019 January 10th, 2020 Case Study

About Customer

A global Information Technology and consulting company that harnesses the power of digital, cloud, analytics and other emerging technologies. It is the 3rd largest IT services player in India with an employee base of over 1.7 lakhs. It serves clients across the US, Canada, Latin America, Continental Europe, India and the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific.

Business requirement

One of our Customer companies, which serves clients across six continents has a complex IT landscape to manage. The underlying infrastructure supports a huge employee base and all critical applications. The digital platform for self-service that gives employees a seamless experience across various processes and workflows. The application enables all company employees and contractors to manage business transactions, access productivity tools, news, videos, communications, and other content via one single application interface. Tens of thousands of employees worldwide depend on their “company application” and an associated suite of 150+ applications for their day-to-day activities. But the existing approval-based systems for requests rendered it difficult to handle higher numbers of transactions and larger volumes of data resulting in delays in approvals and decreased employee satisfaction. Our customer needed a smart Artificial Intelligence (AI) solution which uses advanced decision-making and machine learning to not only resolve this but also customize the process as per the request while also reducing the number of inputs by the user.

Solution

Powerup conducted an in-depth study of customer application systems and interacted with the users to understand the challenges. The major bottleneck was not the sheer number of requests being received on the portal, but the systems’ inability to understand user context and the number of steps involved in getting simple issues resolved.

Powerup designed a solution for the customer, which will integrate with their company application portal as a voice engine to automate the user journey on the system. 

This also has to be a voice-first solution that executes the action on voice inputs of the user. The engine backed by strong neural networks understands the user context and personalizes the engine for the user. The engine is built on an unsupervised learning model, where the engine personalizes the conversation based on the user’s past interactions. Thus, providing a unique and easy to navigate through a journey for each user. 

In this process, the users can get rid of the transactional system and get issues resolved, from approval to task submission, within 2-3 steps. Powerup also implemented the Botzer chatbot platform with Amazon Lex & Polly. Customer calls get diverted from IVR to the chatbot, which takes customers’ requests as voice input, does entity matching, triggers workflows and answers back immediately. The voice engine supports 2 languages today – English and Hindi. 

Customers can get details like 

  • Statement of Account,
  • EMI tenure, 
  • Balance Due etc. 

The intelligence built into the system allows it to behave differently with different users during a different time of the day, thus if the user accesses different applications during the morning than the evening hours, the engine will respond accordingly during the respective hours.

Below is a high-level Solution workflow of the engine, being developed on AWS Lex & Polly, utilizing Botzer APIs at the backend.

 

Video demo

Technical Architecture

Following is the high-level technical architecture of the implementation. The engine is hosted on the customer’s AWS VPC, ensuring data integrity & security. 

The current architecture is capable of hosting 1lakhs+ employee, with 150+ applications

The Benefit

Faster ticket resolution and better communication with third-party application providers led to an increase in the number of tickets resolved. At the same time, the number of false positives decreased.

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