Gartner Survey Shows 37 Percent of Service Leaders Are Piloting or Using Artificial Intelligence Bots and Virtual Customer Assistants

Gartner Research Reveals What Technologies are Truly Having an Impact
on Service Organizations Worldwide

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/AI?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#AIlt;/agt;–Thirty-seven percent of service leaders are either piloting or using
artificial intelligence (AI) bots and virtual customer assistants
(VCAs), and 67 percent of those leaders believe they are high-value
tools in the contact center, according to a recent
survey
by Gartner, Inc. In recent years, no other channel technology
has piqued customer service and support leaders’ interest more than AI
bots and VCAs, according to Gartner’s
Technology Roadmap Survey
.

In the survey of 452 service leaders across all industries and business
types, respondents showed that confidence is leading more companies to
adopt the technologies — with 68 percent of service leaders reporting
they believe AI
bots and VCAs will be of significant importance
for them and their
organizations in the next two years.

“While bots and VCAs are still emergent technologies, many service
leaders have been impressed with their potential. As a result, we are
seeing more adoption of these technologies into service technology
portfolios,” said Lauren Villeneuve, advisor at Gartner. “Service
organizations that are integrating these technologies — both
customer-facing and rep-facing systems — into their operations are using
innovation and progressive strategies to ensure the success of the
technology. AI bots and VCAs are relatively new in the customer service
space, so it’s critical that companies evaluate these technologies to
ensure they are the right fit for their organization and customers.”

Gartner
research
shows that deploying bots can deliver various benefits to
the contact center, including:

  • Greater capability and scale: AI bots are best equipped to
    resolve the simple issues customers are interested in self-serving in
    the first place. This allows service reps to focus on the more complex
    tasks and issues customers need direct help resolving.
  • Faster chat speed: AI bots can drastically reduce customer wait
    time. For example, one company reported their chatbots responding to
    customer inquiries within five seconds of customer contact, while
    their typical service reps take an average of 51 seconds.
  • Better gatekeeping: AI bots can learn to recognize other bots
    trying to gain access to systems, thus freeing service reps to focus
    only on actual customers.

Additional details on Gartner’s Technology Roadmap Survey and the
Service Technology Bullseye are available to Gartner for Customer
Service & Support Leaders clients in the report Current
and Emerging Technologies in Service
.

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