8x8 Introduces Innovative AI-Driven Platform Enhancements to Transform Customer Engagement
8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT), a leading integrated cloud communications platform provider, today announced new AI-driven enhancements that transform business and contact center performance through enhanced customer experiences. The new capabilities include 8x8 Intelligent Customer Assistant and 8x8 Supervisor Workspace for 8x8 Contact Center as well as a platform-wide integration with OpenAI. By infusing deeper AI/ML, natural language understanding models, and performance capabilities into 8x8 Contact Center, and across the 8x8 XCaaS™ (eXperience Communications as a Service™) integrated cloud communications and contact center platform, 8x8 enables customer-obsessed organizations to build exceptional customer journeys, enhance team productivity, and empower leaders with advanced real-time insights.
"Transforming into an AI-powered contact center is no longer a luxury; it's a necessity for companies that want to deliver stellar customer experience and gain competitive advantage," said Robin Gareiss, CEO and Principal Analyst at Metrigy. "Our research clearly shows that investing in AI, platform integration, and more efficient operational processes delivers results. For example, conversational AI alone improves revenue by 20.7%, customer ratings by 26.7%, and agent productivity by 22.7%. Companies with such success rates invest 92.2% more than unsuccessful companies on CX technologies."
New 8x8 capabilities include:
8x8 Intelligent Customer Assistant
8x8 Intelligent Customer Assistant is a powerful, user-friendly conversational AI solution that enables businesses to create simple to complex self-service experiences across all channels. Part of 8x8 Contact Center, 8x8 Intelligent Customer Assistant provides graphical orchestration capabilities that allow enterprises to build highly scalable, always available, consistent experiences across multiple regions and languages, with very little extra effort. With 8x8 Intelligent Customer Assistant, organizations can:
"Taking advantage of AI-based technologies for self-service has shown great potential, but in practice have been frustrating to deploy and use," said Gary Boucher, Acer Program Manager. "We chose 8x8 Intelligent Customer Assistant over other vendors because of its robust features and ease of use. The overall simplicity belies its complexity on the back end. Additionally, it offers us the option to escalate to live assistance, when necessary, with a seamless handoff from the automated interaction to the contact center agent."
8x8 Supervisor Workspace
8x8 Supervisor Wrkspace is a purpose-built experience that blends analytics, performance management, and team admin capabilities into a single interface. A powerful and intuitive, design-led user interface provides a performance-centric management space for contact center leaders. Key features include:
"An unexpected challenge of supervising a contact center team is simply managing the multiple applications that are needed for task management, team overview, and metrics and analytics," said Rohena Sharma, Team Leader at Brent Council. "8x8 Supervisor Workspace removes that challenge, allowing me to view and manage the teams, and all related information, in a single screen. It's amazing how much time is saved, and how much more productive I can be, when I'm not switching between a dozen different applications!"
8x8 XCaaS Platform and OpenAI Integration
8x8 and OpenAI Whisper will bring industry leading, highly accurate transcription, translation, and summarization services to the 8x8 XCaaS platform. Paired with 8x8 Quality Management and Speech Analytics for Contact Center and 8x8 Conversation IQ, this new integration will bring a transcription accuracy rate higher than 85% for the most common languages and will support more than 50 languages across both UCaaS and CCaaS. This 8x8 XCaaS platform-wide integration with OpenAI will make it easier for organizations to unlock the potential of generative AI at scale and understand and interact with their customers on a much more personal level.
"Customers are turning to cloud-first environments because they offer fast, personalized solutions that then allow them to operate in the way, and across the channels, that make the most sense for their business - there is no one size fits all in enterprise," said Hunter Middleton, Chief Product Officer at 8x8, Inc. "These AI-driven innovations to the 8x8 XCaaS platform provide our customers with the easily designable tools they need to meet their customers whenever, and wherever, to deliver the most consistent experience possible. Whether it's conversational AI and a highly effective self-service product, a highly composable, personalized contact center experience for supervisors, or accurate and dynamic intelligence across the entire platform, 8x8 XCaaS delivers a modern platform to meet their present and future business requirements."
8x8 XCaaS, which includes integrated cloud contact center, business phone, team chat, video meetings, and SMS capabilities, is built on the resilient, secure, and compliant 8x8 eXperience Communications Platform™, which offers the highest levels of reliability with a financially backed, platform-wide 99.999 percent uptime SLA across an integrated cloud UCaaS and CCaaS solution.
Register for the 8x8 Intelligent Customer Assistant launch webinar, "Not Your Average Chatbot: Self-Service Reimagined" with Sheila McGee-Smith, founder and principal analyst at McGee-Smith Analytics, and Patrick Russell, Director of Product Management at 8x8, on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, to learn how conversational AI and other advancements are changing the future of self-service. Visit the webinar page for more information.
Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
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About 8x8, Inc.
8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT) is transforming the future of business communications as a leading software as a service provider of 8x8 XCaaS™ (eXperience Communications as a Service™), an integrated contact center, voice communications, video, chat, and SMS solution built on one global cloud communications platform. 8x8 uniquely eliminates the silos between unified communications as a service (UCaaS) and contact center as a service (CCaaS) to power the communications requirements of all employees globally as they work together to deliver differentiated customer experiences. For additional information, visit www.8x8.com, or follow 8x8 on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
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