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The Defining Moments Series: Personal Virtual Assistants

This is a "Defining Moment" for the PVA (Personal Virtual Assistant). More than two years have passed since Apple introduced us to Siri and raised expectations for mobile phones and other computing platforms to be able to recognize, understand and react to our spoken input. Siri's success, as well as its perceived deficiencies has attracted a slew of competitors, imitators and alternatives. This begs several questions:

What does the term "Virtual Assistant" mean?
What problems to Virtual Assistants solve?
Are they mobile, by definition, or are the prospects better for "branded" virtual assistants offered by business enterprises?
What tasks can we reasonably expect them to carry out for us today… and in the future?
What business models support PVAs? Do revenues come from transaction support? (Cost-savings for automating customer care, phone-based marketing, etc.)

Join us for an unrehearsed, spontaneous discussion that includes:

Norman Winarsky - Siri Co-Founder & VP of Ventures, SRI
Phil Gray - Executive Vice President, Interactions Corporation
Dan Miller - Senior Analyst and Founder, Opus Research
Greg Sterling - Program Director, Internet2Go, Opus Research
Recorded Jul 31 2013 47 mins
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Norman Winarsky (Siri Co-Founder & VP, SRI Ventures), Phil Gray (Executive Vice President, Interactions Corporation)
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  • Executive Survey -- Drivers for Deploying Speech Analytics Recorded: Nov 8 2017 48 mins
    Dan Miller, Lead Analyst, Opus Research; Derek Top, Research Director, Opus Research; Uniphore
    In the second year of a global tracking study, Opus Research presents findings from a survey of 500 business decision-makers to understand their perspectives in evaluating and deploying Speech Analytics platforms and services.

    This study, commissioned by Uniphore, documents critical datapoints in the perceived value of Speech Analytics and its impact on contact center operations, compliance and regulation, workforce optimization, customer experience and delivering a return on investment.

    Attendees to this webinar will receive a complimentary copy of the report “Executive Survey: Drivers for Deploying Speech Analytics (2017 Edition)."

    On Wednesday, November 8th (8:30 PM IST | 11 AM EST | 8 AM PST), join Dan Miller, lead analyst & founder at Opus Research, Derek Top, director of research with Opus Research, and representatives from Uniphore, as they unveil the key findings from this definitive report on speech analytics.
  • Delivering Serious ROI through Intelligent Assistants Recorded: Aug 29 2017 48 mins
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    With ever-mounting pressure on customer experience, marketing and contact center professionals to deliver and chatbots and virtual agents, deploying an enterprise intelligent assistant requires a comprehensive business plan and deployment strategy.

    In this webinar, Opus Research and representatives from Synthetix, outline:
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    •Choosing the right technology to enable ROI
    •How to build a successful business case
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  • Guidelines for Deploying Mobile Biometrics in Financial Services Recorded: Jul 11 2017 46 mins
    Ravin Sanjith: Opus Research. Dan Miller: Opus Research, Bob Reany: Mastercard
    Biometrics are proving to be a superior way to authenticate and make digital financial services more secure, but organizational implementations are lagging. As biometrics are more widely adopted by consumers for financial and non-financial use cases, banks are challenged to match higher user experience standards.

    In this webinar, Opus Research discusses findings from a joint report by Mastercard and the University of Oxford offering key insights for business, customer experience and systems owners to consider when deploying mobile biometrics including a prescriptive checklist for implementation, strategy, and tactics
  • Getting Voice Biometrics Authentication Right in Financial Services Recorded: Jun 8 2017 47 mins
    Dan Miller, Lead Analyst, Opus Research; Ravin Sanjith, Director, Opus Research; Interactions LLC
    As financial service companies battle to build customer loyalty and increase security in the age of FinTech, providing efficient, secure and personal services is a source of competitive advantage. The rapid growth of voice biometrics authentication demonstrates it is a convenient and secure way to authenticate real customers, detect impostors and prevent fraud. 

    In this webinar, join Interactions and Opus Research as they describe the steps that financial service companies should take to incorporate voice biometrics authentication into the customer care experience. 

    Topics to be discussed include:
    • Identifying Responsibilities and Stakeholders: Contact center, security/risk management, marketing, customer care, IT, and communications infrastructure
    • Finding the Budget: Making a business case and finding the budget for voice biometrics authentication
    • Best Practices: Engaging Marketing to build customer awareness around voice biometrics
    • Preparing for Success: Anticipating the need to scale operations to accommodate new interaction patterns to suit multichannel environments
  • Building the 'Magic Box’: Successfully Implementing Intelligent Assistants Recorded: Apr 6 2017 48 mins
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    With ever-mounting pressure on customer service, customer experience and digital transformation executives to deliver self-service and automation strategies, some providers claim to have a “magic box” solution with AI and machine learning-fueled chatbot technologies. But, in reality, building an intelligent assistance strategy is not always so simple.

    In this webinar, Opus Research and representatives from CX Company, will demystify what AI and machine learning means for your organization and identify key steps in building an intelligent assistance strategy to deliver cost savings and a better customer experience.
  • Executive Survey on Speech Analytics: Proven Value and Future Potential Recorded: Aug 24 2016 49 mins
    Dan Miller, Lead Analyst, Opus Research; Umesh Sachdev, CEO & Co-Founder, Uniphore
    In a recent survey commissioned by Uniphore, Opus Research asked 500 influential executives in the contact center and customer experience domain about the perceived value of Speech Analytics and to ascertain the impact on plans to procure and deploy such resources in the future.

    With completed interviews of decision-makers (Director, VP, C-level) from firms with revenue of more than U.S. $50 million, the survey respondents included a mix of vertical industries, including: telecommunications, healthcare, financial services, retail, pharmaceuticals, travel & tourism, and commercial banking.

    Join Dan Miller, lead analyst & founder at Opus Research, and Derek Top, director of research with Opus Research, as they unveil the key findings from this exclusive executive survey on speech analytics:

    * Implementation of speech analytics is poised for growth: New, real-time applications create better customer experience
    * Findings attest to maturity of technologies, applications and options: Support of multi-channel support strategies
    * Mix of premises, cloud and “hybrid” architectures
    * Respondents see a bright future: Most expect to increase spending and investment & finding means to build a business case
  • Five Steps to Overcome Customer Authentication Chaos Recorded: Aug 9 2016 49 mins
    Dan Miller, Lead Analyst, Opus Research; Brand Whichard, IBM Security
    As digital, mobile commerce crescendos, Identity and Access Management (IAM) techniques are key to providing a consistent, individualized experience, regardless of the device used or communications channel employed. Providing secure access from a trusted device was hard enough. Now customers control their device-of-choice, channel-of-choice and time-of-choice. It is important to develop and employ technologies that make authentication friction-free and pleasant.

    Join Dan Miller, lead analyst at Opus Research, and Brandon Whichard, from IBM Security, as they provide “Five Concrete Steps” toward keeping each customer happy. Opus Research has coined the term “Intelligent Authentication” (IAuth) to describe simple, secure and seamless ways to authenticate individuals and support digital commerce.
  • What Really Happens When Customers Take Charge? Recorded: Jan 26 2016 49 mins
    Dan Miller, Lead Analyst, Opus Research; Daniel Hong, Sr. Director of Product Mktg, [24]7
    More than 8 out of 10 customers are moving from one channel to another to complete a transaction or get an issue resolved. And, on average, they use more than 4 different “channels” over the course of their respective journeys. Despite this, customers expect consistent answers and personalized service regardless of their channel preference, device of choice and time of day.

    Join Dan Miller, Lead Analyst at Opus Research, and Daniel Hong, Sr. Director of Product Marketing and Strategy at [24]7 as they review these recent findings and their impact your self-service and assisted service strategies via text, chat, Web forms or phone calls. Dan will bring context from a recent study of Enterprise Intelligent Assistants (EIAs), culminating in the “8 Attributes of Successful EIAs”. Daniel will review primary research findings addressing both practices and preferences of customers in a digital, omnichannel world. The webinar will also include a case study.

    Attend this webinar to refine your company’s digital customer experience to keep your customers in charge, even when it’s a classic self-service situation, including:

    The Eight Characteristics of Highly Effective Intelligent Assistants
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  • Achieving Speed, Accuracy & Scalability with Voice Biometrics Recorded: Sep 3 2015 47 mins
    Dan Miller, Opus Research; Shawn Edmunds, ValidSoft; David Harding, ImageWare Systems
    No longer are voice biometrics tentatively tested in single channels and measured against purely theoretical equal error rates. In reality, businesses are implementing high performance solutions that easily scale, yet deliver a consistently low friction user experience and strong security across a business.

    In this webinar, Dan Miller, lead analyst and founder of Opus Research, joins ValidSoft’s VP for North America, Shawn Edmunds, and Image Ware System’s CTO and VP David Harding to discuss how successful integration of highly optimized voice biometrics has never been easier or more cost effective for your business.
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  • Explosive Mobile Engagement: "Go Native" Recorded: Jun 25 2015 49 mins
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    The proliferation of smartphones, geofencing, indoor location and analytics has transformed the meaning of "native" for mobile marketers, app developers and consumers. "Native" used to mean a reliance on Facebook and Google for in-stream ads that seem like organic content. It now refers to the use of on-device, local intelligence to get beyond the beacon to understand the context of a mobile user's interactions. Native control of functionality makes apps more popular with customers. It spells the difference between single-digit usage and delivers the full potential of personalized mobile marketing.
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    Join Dan and Alexey in live, interactive webinar as they count the ways you can use new technologies to make mobile e-commerce safe, simple and secure.
  • Top 5 Things Marketers Need to Understand about Location and Privacy Recorded: Jul 2 2014 47 mins
    Greg Sterling, Opus Research; Jules Polonetsky, Future of Privacy Forum
    Consumers are ambivalent about online privacy. Some surveys suggest outright hostility to mobile-location tracking; others argue users are happy to share personal information for clear rewards and benefits. Consumers also express a desire for greater personalization of online, mobile and shopping experiences. How can these contradictory positions be reconciled?

    The privacy landscape is evolving rapidly with Apple making location privacy changes in iOS 8 and state governments getting involved in regulating privacy in the absence of federal action.

    Rather than an “issue that will blow over,” privacy has become a central discussion for marketers and brands. It’s the flipside of “big data.” But timidity, passivity and denial won’t work. Stakeholders must proactively tackle the issue head on.

    Join Greg Sterling, Senior Analyst with Opus Research, and Future of Privacy Forum founder Jules Polonetsky for an informative, interactive webinar about the latest developments in location and privacy on Wednesday, July 2, 10 am PDT /1 pm EDT.
  • Everything You Always Wanted To Know about Beacons Recorded: Apr 30 2014 49 mins
    Greg Sterling, Opus Research; Steve Hegenderfer, Bluetooth SIG
    Beacons are hot. Once dismissed by many, they are now being widely deployed in retail and grocery stores, stadiums and entertainment venues. Apple’s support for Bluetooth (iBeacon) has put the technology on the map and driven its growing adoption.

    While many people have read about iBeacon, they don’t clearly understand what beacons can and can’t do. Join Opus Research Senior Analyst Greg Sterling and Steve Hegenderfer, director of developer programs at Bluetooth SIG, for an informative and interactive discussion about all things beacon.

    Bluetooth SIG is the group that oversees the standards and licensing of Bluetooth. We assure you Hegenderfer will speak plain English during a presentation aimed at marketers, agencies and business decision-makers.

    In this accessible, non-technical session you’ll learn:

    • What iBeacon is and how it fits within the larger Bluetooth landscape
    • How many different types of beacons there are and who makes them
    • The cost, lifespan and transmission range of beacons
    • Optimal indoor beacon use cases (and things that beacons don’t do well)
    • How marketers/retailers can avoid spamming consumers with beacon triggered notifications
    • How indoor messaging and notifications can be personalized
    • Whether beacons can equally be used for indoor marketing and analytics
  • Voice Biometrics: The Benefits of a Unified Approach to Mobile Authentication Recorded: Apr 29 2014 47 mins
    Dan Miller, Opus Research; Nik Stanbridge, VoiceVault
    As smartphones now play key roles in e-commerce and personal communications for hundreds of millions of mobile users, our advice is, “authenticate early and often.” As using the prevailing PIN and password-based systems is easier said than done, voiceprints provide the easy-to-implement and easy-to-use alternative that supports a “unified” approach to mobile authentication.
     
    Join Dan Miller, senior analyst and founder of Opus Research, and Nik Stanbridge, vice president of product marketing at VoiceVault, to engage in a lively discussion of:
     
    · How mobility is driving the need for stronger authentication to build trusted links between and among individuals and enterprises

    · What voice biometrics technologies are; and how they differ from other factors for promoting security and personalization

    · How a unified approach to design and deployment saves time, money and effort for application developers and solution providers

    · How to get started to gain experience with a unified voice biometric product
     
    Executives at firms with an interest in providing the best, most personalized mobile experience for customers and employees should take part in this webcast. So should mobile application developers who recognize that strong, simple authentication is key to supporting secure payments and highly personalized services. 
  • Indoor Location: Early Adopter Case Studies and Lessons Learned Recorded: Feb 25 2014 49 mins
    Greg Sterling, Opus Research; Nathan Pettyjohn, aisle411; Jon Rosen, iInside
    There’s a great deal of hype surrounding iBeacon right now. But that technology is just one part of a much larger story about indoor location.

    Using a range of technologies, major retailers, malls, airports and others are testing or rolling out indoor location in their venues and stores. We’ve come a great distance since last year when few people understood the benefits of indoor positioning and real-world analytics.

    Join aisle411, iInside and Opus Research’s Greg Sterling for a webinar and discussion about the current state of indoor location. The webinar will feature existing, in-market B2B and B2C case studies.

    What you’ll learn:

    •How in-store mobile brand advertising impacts sales
    •How indoor location can be used to combat retail showrooming
    •How in-store (and even department level) presence is being used to measure the offline effectiveness of traditional and digital advertising.
  • Evaluating Enterprise Virtual Assistant Options Recorded: Feb 20 2014 49 mins
    Dan Miller, Opus Research; Brett Beranek, Nuance Communications
    Dan Miller, Senior Analyst with Opus Research, presents results from the latest Opus Research “Intelliview” report. He will describe criteria that should be taken into account when marketing, sales and contact center professionals evaluate vendors of Enterprise Virtual Assistants (EVAs) – especially those providing human-like interactions on the Web and with mobile devices.

    Miller will be joined by Brett Beranek, Solutions Marketing Manager at Nuance Communications, who will provide insights into customer acceptance of EVAs based on implementations of Nuance’s Nina Web and Nina Mobile services.
  • Place Conference 2013 Recorded: Dec 19 2013 3 mins
    Greg Sterling, Senior Analyst, Opus Research
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  • Steps to Make Voice Authentication Mainstream Recorded: Oct 15 2013 47 mins
    Dan Miller, Senior Analyst, Opus Research; Nik Stanbridge, VP, Product Marketing, VoiceVault
    Demand for safe, secure, simple ways to carry out business online and over mobile phones is building. People are tired of remembering passwords or carrying pieces of hardware. It’s time to take concrete steps to implement safe, simple and secure authentication methods.

    Join Dan Miller, Senior Analyst at Opus Research and Nik Stanbridge, Vice President of Product Marketing at VoiceVault, to hear about the best ways to get started with the technology. Find out what’s working among the dozens of implementations and learn what solutions are available “off-the-shelf” and why it's getting easier to integrate voice into mobile and multi-factor authentication initiatives and see the potential to make voice-based authentication foundational to personalized mobile services.
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