Chatbot platforms are essential tools if you need to build and run a chatbot.
There are many available on the market, big and small, popular and not so much.
Here are some useful thoughts that should help you navigate the complex world of chatbots and conversational AI solutions.
All chatbot platforms can be split into two categories: those that let you create chatbots without any programming, and those that require programming. Now, the idea that you don’t need to possess technical knowledge to build a chatbot seems appealing but the reality is not so rosy. In fact, I have yet to see a professional chatbot created without coding.
Chatbots rely on sophisticated algorithms and advanced knowledge of linguistics. These technologies are so complex that at the moment there are no plug-and-play solutions available. The companies like Chatfuel, Manychat, Flow XO and many others are attempting to fill that void and offer chatbot platforms that are simple in use. The best way to make the chatbot creation simpler is by dropping the need to code them. However this simplicity comes at a price: chatbots made without coding are limited, rigid and in general, primitive.
So to summarize: if you want to impress your girlfriend use Chatfuel. If you need a professional chatbot that delivers on your business goals and provides customer satisfaction use advanced chatbot platforms with programming capabilities.
One of the main, if not the main, tasks of the chatbot platforms is to connect your chatbot to the user interfaces. There are many ways for your chatbot to interface with the world: on Facebook messenger, on the website, on the mobile app, via SMS, on Twitter , on Skype, on Slack, on Telegram, and more. A good chatbot platform should seamlessly connect the chatbot to most of these channels. Chatbot platforms do not make your chatbot smarter. For this you need AI Engines (brief disucssion on AI Engines: http://nmodes.com/entry/2018/03/29/what-are-ai-engines-and-how-choose-one/).
For best results create your chatbot on a chatbot platform, then connect it to AI engine.
One of the top chatbot platforms on the market is Microsoft Bot Framework. It is robust, powerful, with a wide variety of useful functionality built-in. Another good chatbot platform is DialogFlow. DialogFlow has a slightly different architecture in the sense that it is a chatbot platform and an AI Engine all in one interface.
Chatbot platforms can be used to create conversation flow for your chatbot. There are several schools of thought here: some prefer to delegate conversation flow to AI engines. Chatfuel and other tools with the emphasis on simplicity (build your chatbot in minutes, no coding necessary) offer easy graphical interfaces for conversation flow creation. And there is always a reliable option to create conversation flow in an old-fashioned way, programmatically.
Which option to choose? Depends on your chatbot requirements and the business needs the chatbot is expected to address.And if you have questions feel free to ask: http://http://nmodes.com/contact-us/
CHATBOT PLATFORMS. How to choose the right one?
nmodes Introduces Arabic language support for Advanced AI Solutions
nmodes recently introduced new feature for our family of Advanced AI solutions – Arabic language support.
nmodes provides conversational AI solutions to address the needs of customers around the world. We deliver chatbots, integrated AI solutions, omni-channel AI systems and more. Our solutions are professional, efficient, scalable.
We believe this is the beginning in the marketplace for advanced conversational AI solutions that help improve and scale current sales and customer service business process. With Arabic support, we’re creating new opportunities for an important, fast-growing market segment.
Additional native language support is an integral part of our strategy of bringing a full spectrum solution to the AI market. We continue to define new solutions, add new languages to enable businesses and organizations around the world more easily benefit from the advantages of using solutions powered by advanced AI technology.
MAKING AI MAINSTREAM
We are experiencing a strong demand for conversational AI solutions. It is coming from every corner of the B2C market. It is growing by the day.
Conversational AI is becoming increasingly popular among the consumer facing business community. It is easy to see why - AI offers sales and customer service scalability and therefore is critical for the long-term success of a business.
Conversational AI solutions such as chatbots, voice bots, and virtual assistants provide much needed speed and efficiency, in an age where the rapid advancement of technology makes them virtually the only sustainable customer service solution.
Bu there is a catch - AI is complicated. Mainstream businesses do not have in house AI expertise. And it is not part of their business model to develop such expertise.
Today’s market offer several good conversational AI solutions, such as IBM Watson or Google DialogFlow. However, getting a business value out of them requires the very AI expertise that mainstream companies do not possess.
So what can be done?
Any AI solution should follow these three steps in order for the mainstream business community to fully benefit from it:
- Conversational AI should come as a service,
- The service should be available in natural language,
- The service should be fully personalized.