Zendesk | January 08, 2024
Zendesk today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Klaus, the industry leading AI-powered quality management platform. AI is driving a rapid increase in customer interactions and radically transforming the world of customer service. Customer service teams are being asked to increase their ROI by managing a rising volume of interactions while providing quality service, and increasing their organization's efficiency in the process. With Klaus, Zendesk customers will be able to deliver consistent, high quality service across every channel and across both human and digital agents (bots) – all while unlocking the power of everyday customer interactions to increase loyalty.
"As AI drives up the speed and frequency of customer engagement, only AI-powered quality assurance (QA) can keep up as companies work to identify and fix gaps in their customer service operations," said Adrian McDermott, chief technology officer, Zendesk. "The combination of Zendesk AI and Klaus' capabilities will help businesses navigate greater complexity and volume and ensure both digital and human agents deliver highly personal and empathetic service."
"Zendesk and Klaus share a vision of AI-led, personalized CX with businesses fully anticipating and acting on their customers' needs," said Martin Kõiva, CEO and founder, Klaus. "QA software plays a critical role in this, ensuring consistency, assessing both human and digital agent performance and providing actionable insights for strategic planning. As part of Zendesk, we will continue to build and deliver these crucial capabilities, but now at an even greater scale."
With digital agents resolving more service inquiries without human interaction, having a QA solution that analyzes both human and digital agent performance is crucial to maintaining quality control and providing best-in-class customer service. While most QA software is capable of only scoring 1 to 2 percent of interactions and cannot recognize systemic trends, Klaus' AI scores 100 percent of customer support interactions. It pinpoints conversations with positive or negative sentiment, identifies outliers, churn risk, escalations and follow-ups across all conversations – even those done by digital agents or outsourced teams. Klaus spots knowledge gaps and coaching opportunities that can be used to improve agent performance and productivity, all of which results in higher customer satisfaction.
WEM is a critical capability for today's customer service leaders. The acquisition of Klaus will be the latest addition to the company's existing workforce engagement management (WEM) solutions which includes Tymeshift, a modern workforce management tool built exclusively for Zendesk. The company acquired Tymeshift in June 2023. The acquisition of Klaus is anticipated to close in the first quarter of 2024 upon receipt of required regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
Zendesk is on a mission to simplify the complexity of business and make it easy for companies and customers to create connections. Our customer experience software unlocks the power of billions of interactions, enabling businesses to build rich, meaningful relationships with their customers. The company was conceived in Copenhagen, Denmark and today operates in more than 20 countries around the world.
Klaus is an AI-powered quality management platform that helps companies drive revenue through excellent customer service. Headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia, Klaus was founded in 2018 by Martin Kõiva, Kair Käsper and Egon Sale and has nearly 100 employees.
Copado | December 14, 2023
Copado, the leader in DevOps for enterprise SaaS, today announced the expansion of the beta program for CopadoGPT, its groundbreaking AI platform, to all Copado customers. This strategic move comes after months of internal use and validation by select customers, showcasing the platform's robust capabilities and significant value addition. CopadoGPT is not just an AI DevOps advisor, it's a cross-platform, DevOps intelligence layer with a decade of Salesforce expertise, designed to improve time to value, increase customer satisfaction and accelerate digital transformation initiatives.
In an industry where efficiency and innovation are paramount, CopadoGPT addresses critical pain points by offering expert advice on Copado usage and Salesforce DevOps best practices. It accelerates test generation for Copado Robotic Testing, enriches user stories, and generates comprehensive release notes. This expansion is a testament to Copado's commitment to driving customer success and digital transformation through AI-first strategies.
"Copado is an AI-first company with a focus on maximizing the customer experience. The expansion of CopadoGPT's beta access marks a significant milestone in our journey to embed AI deeply into the fabric of Salesforce DevOps. This AI DevOps advisor is not just a tool; it's a partner that enhances our customers' capabilities to innovate rapidly and with confidence," said Federico Larsen, Chief Technology Officer at Copado. "With dozens of use cases, CopadoGPT is changing the way people work. We are excited to embed a decade's worth of DevOps know-how into an AI platform and make it easily accessible for our customers."
"To ensure value and market fit, we made Copado customer zero for CopadoGPT," said Nick Cook, Vice President of Customer Success at Copado. "We found it is more than just an AI platform; it's a revolution in customer support and success. By providing precise, AI-driven insights and support, we're not only solving problems faster but also preempting them, ensuring a smoother, more efficient experience for all our users. As just one example, since we started using CopadoGPT on our support teams, we've realized a 25% improvement in the time required to resolve a case."
CopadoGPT is the culmination of Copado's ten-year journey in Salesforce DevOps, now serving as the DevOps intelligence layer within the Copado DevOps platform. It's a testament to Copado's AI-first approach, establishing that AI-driven enhancements are leveraged internally to maximize customer value before general availability and ensuring that every product release is informed by real-world use and efficacy. CopadoGPT will continue to be leveraged and expanded to power new product capabilities on the roadmap to drive digital transformation forward.
"Generative AI TuringBots are improving software development and bringing a DevOps-specific product to market is a significant step forward for this industry," said Diego Lo Giudice, Vice President, Principal Analyst at Forrester. "Copado's approach of combining deep DevOps domain knowledge with the power of GenAI will enable SaaS development teams to significantly make their development and deployment processes much more productive."
Copado is the leading DevOps and AI-driven test automation platform for enterprise SaaS applications. Backed by Insight Partners and Salesforce Ventures, Copado helps development teams build end-to-end digital transformation for more than 1,200 global brands including Coca-Cola, Medtronic, T-Mobile and Volkswagen. Copado has a 4.99 star rating on the Salesforce AppExchange and is proven to drive 20X more frequent releases, 95% less downtime, 10X faster testing and 20% greater productivity. Each month, Copado processes 50 million DevOps transactions and upskills more than 80,000 tech professionals in the world's largest DevOps community.
Appvance | December 19, 2023
Appvance, the leader in generative AI for software quality, is excited to announce the launch of Appvance IQ (AIQ) 5.0, a groundbreaking update that marks a significant leap forward in the world of AI-native automated testing. This release features the game-changing Generative AI V3, a comprehensive update that enhances performance, reporting, visual object recognition, and bug-finding accuracy. Generative AI V3 is the result of a decade of research and continued advancements since the launch of AI-native script generation in 2018. AIQ 5.0 is the world's most advanced end-to-end testing platform for web and mobile applications, where AI is able to autonomously identify 10X more bugs than teams using legacy scripting or modern recorders. This virtually obsoletes manual testing and legacy scripting such as Selenium.
AIQ 5.0 includes the following new features:
No-Code Fully Visual User Experience
Users will experience an improved intuitive interface that empowers them to unleash hundreds of Autonomous Testing bots (trained to do exploratory testing with BDD-based validations) effortlessly.
Enhanced Bug Detection
Custom page state identification ensures accurate classification of unique pages and page state enabling rapid, accurate defect detection with zero duplication through visual analysis of page elements.
System-wide fallback accessors integration provides automatic script repair across multiple executions without maintenance.
Improved visual accessors and visual object recognition deliver zero-effort test creation to a new level.
Real-Time Visibility and Data-Driving Simplicity
Live coverage map while the Autonomous Testing bots are executing, gives real-time insight into how the AI is generating thousands of critical tests.
Enhanced direct data inputs enable real-time interactive data driving of the AI bots allowing them to reach every corner of the application.
Effortless data-driven AI-generated tests during training allow dynamic addition of multiple data sources for the bots to consume.
Unique Autonomous Testing Executions for Different Application Variants
The new Autonomous Testing bots adapt to different application variants and morph automatically extending your test coverage - enabling a wide variety of test scenarios and configurations for full 360° quality insight.
"AIQ 5.0 advances Autonomous Testing by taking a revolutionary approach to generative AI that delivers unparalleled levels of productivity, coverage, and defect detection," said Appvance CEO, Andre Liao. "This is a testament to our decades-long commitment to providing the world's most powerful, user-friendly, intelligent testing platform, with our continued investment in generative AI leading the way."
Appvance is the leader in generative AI for Software Quality. Its premier product AIQ is an AI-native, unified software quality platform that delivers unprecedented levels of productivity to accelerate digital transformation in the enterprise. Leveraging generative AI and machine learning, AIQ robots autonomously validate all the possible user flows to achieve complete application coverage™.
ON24 | January 24, 2024
Today, ON24 marks the next chapter of its innovation strategy with the launch of its next generation intelligent engagement platform. With AI-powered intelligence at the core, ON24 will now enable enterprises to continuously engage audiences through hyper-personalized experiences that deliver connected insights and drive cost-efficient revenue growth.
“AI will fundamentally reshape sales and marketing and reimagine the customer experience. This means that sales and marketing teams must embrace AI to innovate and adapt, or risk being left behind,” says Sharat Sharan, co-founder, President and CEO. “With the launch of the ON24 Intelligent Engagement Platform, we are excited to leverage our unique foundation of first-party data to give our industry-leading customers an AI advantage, so that they can combine best-in-class experiences, personalization and content, to capture and act on connected data and insights at scale to drive revenue growth. And, we believe AI will continue to be a key differentiation for our own business and technology strategy moving forward, powering a new era of intelligent engagement.”
Built on its foundation of first-party data, the ON24 Intelligent Engagement Platform combines best-in-class digital experiences, including the company’s flagship webinar, virtual event and content marketing products, with its new AI-powered Analytics and Content Engine (ACE) to provide an integrated go-to-market solution. The platform’s comprehensive set of capabilities will help sales and marketing teams to:
Scale personalized experiences: Build best-in-class, branded experiences that reach their prospects and customers at scale and are hyper-personalized for individuals.
Automate continuous engagement: Interact with prospects and customers 24/7 through AI-generated content and always-on nurtures.
Deliver connected insights: Track audience engagement data across interactions and analyze engagement across key audience segments.
Drive revenue growth: Enable data-driven actions across go-to-market teams to generate pipeline and build lifetime customer relationships.
“Today’s launch of the ON24 Intelligent Engagement Platform brings our AI innovation together with more than a decade of market leadership, product development and first-party engagement data,” said Jayesh Sahasi, EVP of Product and CTO at ON24. “We believe this will unlock even greater value for our customers, providing AI-powered intelligence that keeps getting smarter, more personalized and more effective over time."
ON24 is on a mission to help businesses bring their go-to-market strategy into the AI era and drive cost-effective revenue growth. Through its leading intelligent engagement platform, ON24 enables customers to combine best-in-class experiences with personalization and content, to capture and act on connected insights at scale.
ON24 provides industry-leading companies, including 3 of the 5 largest global technology companies, 3 of the 5 top global asset management firms, 3 of the 5 largest global healthcare companies and 3 of the 5 largest global industrial companies, with a valuable source of first-party data to drive sales and marketing innovation, improve efficiency and increase business results. Headquartered in San Francisco, ON24 has offices globally in North America, EMEA and APAC. For more information, visit www.ON24.com.