What Talla's $8.3M Means For Our Customers

Posted by Rob May on Jun 19, 2017 11:00:08 AM

Today we are very excited to announce our $8.3M Series A round, led by Glasswing Ventures, with participation from new investors PJC, Pillar, and Launch Capital.

The bot space has received mixed press over the past few months, but as a company working actively in the space, we have seen a huge uptick during that same time period in businesses looking at bots to help solve and scale operational problems.  I wrote a separate post on Medium about why we chose the investors we chose, and how the round came together.  In this post on our own blog I want to focus on what this means for Talla's customer base.

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How Do You Evaluate a Conversational Interface In The Buying Process?

Posted by Rob May on Jun 7, 2017 8:27:29 AM

We've now had thousands of companies try Talla, and we have learned a lot from our metrics about how people evaluate bots and conversational interfaces.  The most interesting thing so far is that when the Talla trial ends, most enterprises don't make a decision to buy or pass - they email us and ask for a trial extension because they don't feel like they have evaluated it enough.  As we dug into this issue, our analysis of the data and discussions with customers in the trial process allowed us to develop a few hypotheses about why this happens.   The number 1 issue seems to be that, given the open ended nature of a conversational interface, it is difficult to know when you have said enough things to it to know it works well.  With that in mind, here is our recommendation for how you evaluate bots and conversational interfaces in general, and then we will write a follow up post for evaluating Talla specifically.

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Topics: Conversational UIs, Future of Work, Bots

How I.T. Teams Can Be All-Star Players

Posted by Becca Norton on May 18, 2017 1:29:16 PM

We love basketball at Talla. So much so, that the first day of March Madness is even a company holiday. It should come as no surprise then that as a company based in Boston, we are a little bit more than excited that our Celtics are in the Eastern Conference Finals. So with green on our mind and as a company focused on assisting IT teams with our Talla Service Assistant, we couldn't help comparing IT to one of our favorite players, Isaiah Thomas (who, by seeming no coincidence, is better known as I.T.). Isaiah Thomas is known for bringing in the big wins when it counts, and we think his strategies can do the same for your IT team. 

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Topics: IT Service Desk

What's the Difference Between Microsoft's Chat Products? Microsoft Teams vs. Skype (and more)

Posted by Juliette Kopecky on May 17, 2017 8:39:00 AM

Sharing information has never been more important than today. In the digital revolution, chat is transforming the way we access information in the workplace and stay ahead of the game in a rapidly evolving market. Much of that evolution includes chat itself. With recent chat products like Microsoft Teams (and Talla!), we’re seeing a new technology emerge in the competitive business arena.

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Topics: ChatOps, Future of Work, Bots, microsoft teams

Learn What Businesses Need to Know About Chatbots [Free Webinar]

Posted by Juliette Kopecky on May 12, 2017 12:37:34 PM

Have you ever wondered:

  • What exactly are chatbots? Should my business be utilizing them?
  • How can A.I. and bots make my employees more productive?
  • How should my business evaluate bots in terms of functionality, security, etc.?
  • Which specific bots should we be using?

On Wednesday, May 17th at 2pm ET, join us for a webinar to get the answers to these questions and see live demos of Talla, Troops, Growbot, Polly, and more.

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Topics: AI, Artificial Intelligence, Conversational UIs, Future of Work, Bots

6 Ways to Improve New Employee Onboarding Through Slack

Posted by Brooke Torres on May 10, 2017 3:18:51 PM

You probably already know that we're in a new era of workplace tools. Chat platforms, like Slack, Microsoft Teams and HipChat have changed the way people communicate at work. They've streamlined where we touch base, opened the door for real-time access to critical information, and helped people be more effective in their roles. Chat isn't just good for messaging though. It's the perfect place for A.I.-powered assistants (like Talla) to streamline and automate monotonous processes for us—and the paperwork, reminders, and repetitive information delivery that comes with employee onboarding is one of the best examples. Below you'll find out how you can easily expedite much of the onboarding process through automated, intelligent communications. All of the content you'll read about can be customized and delivered to you by Talla, right in Slack or Microsoft Teams.  

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Topics: Future of Work, Slack, Human Resources, employee onboarding

Why Chat Platforms are the Most Important Tool for HR to Adopt

Posted by Brooke Torres on May 2, 2017 11:07:49 AM

According to Human Resources Today, the biggest HR trends for 2017 will be:

  • Ongoing (not annual) performance reviews
  • Predictive analytics for employees
  • Social media-based hiring
  • Continuous online learning for employees

Written in between the lines there is an unspoken edict: Every human resources department should be adopting enterprise chat platforms in 2017.

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Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Future of Work, Human Resources

How Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionizing IT Support

Posted by Brooke Torres on Apr 18, 2017 12:44:44 PM
 
For any organization with an IT person, having a help desk is a must to centralize the location where people can, you know, ask for help. Without it, your entire organization is left to dig for information which might live in any number of systems (your shared drive, an outdated wiki, etc). Even at companies with a help desk that someone has taken the time to put in place, and tried to drive employees towards using, it’s often painfully underutilized because there’s a lot of friction to use it. People don’t like to open a new system, and they don’t like waiting on responses. So, they don’t. Instead they message IT, leave a voicemail, or do a “drive-by” of that person's desk. 
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Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Future of Work, IT Service Desk

How IT Teams Are Improving Employee Experiences

Posted by Juliette Kopecky on Apr 12, 2017 10:50:00 AM


Happy workers are more productive. That's not just an axiom; that's science. As such, many organizations are investing heavily in improving employee engagement and satisfaction -- and even the IT department is pitching in.

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Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Future of Work, IT Service Desk

The Cure for RTFM is the IT Service Assistant

Posted by Juliette Kopecky on Apr 7, 2017 11:34:15 AM

There isn't an English-speaking IT help desk engineer alive who doesn't deeply, spiritually, achingly understand the concept of RTFMread the f-ing manual. Luckily, technology may finally have a cure for RTFM with the arrival of the IT Service Assistant .

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Topics: IT Service Desk

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