IBM Watson Assistant

IBM Watson Assistant

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IBM Watson Assistant is a tool that add a natural language interface to an application to automate interactions with end users, common applications include virtual agents and chat bots that can integrate and communicate on any channel or device.

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Adam N.
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"Incredible power made accessible to all through brilliant design, plus an amazing API"

What do you like best?

The obvious one is IBM's AI/ML expertise, but that's a given with any Watson product. So, more specifically, I have three key things that I love about Watson Assistant:

1. Continual product expansion/improvement: I've been using Watson Assistant for about 18 months, and I've watched a steady stream of regular platform updates -- each of which brings useful new features or further simplifies the development experience. It's clear that IBM has embraced an ongoing iterative product improvement approach, and I always look forward to every new update.

2. Amazing design and UI: Before I got started, I had assumed that using a sophisticated AI platform would be intimidatingly complex. I was surprised (and delighted) when I saw that Watson Assistant had a simple and straightforward development interface, and an astoundingly good one at that. They've made it so you can do just about everything right in your browser, so it's easy to jump in and start building.

3. The API: The Watson Assistant API is extremely powerful, and opens up ways of working with data that can take your bot project to the next level. Beyond the API itself is its solid documentation with helpful examples, and a consistency across the methods that makes everything feel familiar after using it for just a little while.

What do you dislike?

Honestly, very little. There's really nothing to complain about regarding the Assistant platform itself. I could list some "nice to haves" (e.g. more integration with other Watson services like Tone Analyzer, some housekeeping/maintenance features related to intents and entities) but that's just me wanting more cool stuff. Can't even complain about the pricing, which is amazingly fair.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's free to try, so there's no reason not to jump in and give it a shot. Everything is incredibly well-documented, so if you run into any issues you're usually just a Google search away from quickly figuring out what to do. Line up the right people to work on your bot project: you'll want folks who have a strong command of the language that your bot operates in, as well as some technical acumen. The core product truly is simple to use, but building out more complex dialog will be easier for folks who have even basic development experience (which can help with concepts like branching, logic, and variables). For less complex dialog, literally anyone can be trained to manage a Watson Assistant bot, for sure.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

At Humana, we used Watson Assistant to serve as a Tier 0 support agent during our Workday rollout. The change management effort tied to moving 40,000+ people to a new HR system was massive, and Watson was a critical component in supporting everyone through the change. In the first two weeks after going live with Workday, our Watson Assistant bot answered more than 30,000 questions (diverting many support calls from our HR help desk and keeping everyone freed up to support more complex issues). Our use of Watson Assistant was unquestionably a huge part of our success with the Workday rollout.

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Katherine S.
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"Work with the new IBM Artificial Intelligence tool "Watson"."

What do you like best?

The best for me is the ability of artificial intelligence watson, is how to interact with a human being, gives you advice on improvements in processes such as sales, interactions with your clientele, where you can even have keywords of your company recorded in the AI gives you improvement in your sales strategies on the products you offer.

What do you dislike?

Initially this tool is an artificial intelligence, which is going to complement with other applications that handles IBM, in my particular case say something that fogs up excellent innovation, about the work that makes the artificial intelligence would be something out of base and not very ethical.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Approach the digital age and work with artificial intelligence quickly and easily and at affordable prices, only IBM gives it to you.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With the artificial intelligence that brings Ibm you can first think about saving money for the company, because you can save on personal hiring, additionally you can create audios of your texts or slogan of your company and integrate them into the conversation with your customers and the bot, is very accurate this new way of working that gives you IBM.

What Chatbots solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Stephen B.
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"Top Right Conversational AI tool with good data and IP protection"

What do you like best?

Maturity of UI and ability to have no-code conversational analysts working within the tool.

The ability to train contextual entities within an intent, to handle unknown examples of a trained entity.

Strong set of documentation underlying the product. Clear and transparently laid out.

Clear ethical framework, and a high level of transparency of how the product works and how both the users, the developers and the AI companies data are all protected. Clear opt-outs which are respected.

Good start for free model and move forward from there.

Ability to handle large intent and data sets.

New searching of nodes, and real time "Try it out" node analysis of failure.

Simple integration of cloud functions to call and process external cloud services without needing an external orchestration layer.

Easy integration with a variety of iPaaS tools

node-red being free and supporting such a wide variety of Watson and other integrations out of the box, and then with community led extensions.

What do you dislike?

Currently incomplete movement from single workspace based, to multiple skills (workspaces) based agents, and from a message based pricing to an active user based pricing model. This is going to get there, but at the the moment the product is somewhere inbetween. I would also like more support for analytics in terms of conversational flow and drop outs, the current strategy of pushing the data out into Watson Studio is incomplete as there aren't easy prebuilt notebooks, or dashboards to build the views you would typically have. So whilst you can do it, there feels like there is a step missing. The "Premium" only feature set is very much disliked as it contains things which feel like it should be in the product. Not giving them for a free tier is fine, but even if you pay for standard level they aren't included, instead reserved for a contact only enterprise tier. It makes it impossible to evaluate them properly and means that they don't get the full workout they need to become proper full features.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Ensure you have a plan for your automated conversational testing and your analytics of successful conversations.

Integrate with your DevOps systems to have daily conversational releases, and automated testing of the affects of each days changes.

Engage good upfront conversational design.

Maintain your training sets and testing sets independently

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

24/7 contact via website, transforming response figures from a variety of social and web platforms. Outbound lead generation, increased inbound customer satisfaction. Large scale effort reduction. Interactive discussions with users to discover things they might not have thought about. Wellbeing conversational styles.

Ram T.
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"AI experience with IBM Watson "

What do you like best?

I tried IBM Watson to develop a chatbot. I trained chatbot in IBM Watson and the response is awesome. I gave a demo to one of my friends and his feedback about the chatbot was tremendous.

I used some services like IBM Watson "conversation", "translation" and more, my experience was awesome. I feeling happy to use and explore IBM Watson more and try to utilize this in my future projects

What do you dislike?

If I say about dislike, I didn't find most but I think if you can make documentation more user familiar then it would be great. As I feel currently documentation is prepared in a way that it only targets experienced users who have prior knowledge in programming.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

As per my personal experience, I think IBM Watson is doing a great job in Artificial Intelligence. The Application which I build using IBM Watson was awesome and client and user satisfaction was tremendous.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The chatbot application which I developed is basically to enhance user interaction and try to keep engaging user with the application.

Luis p.
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"Improve your communication with your customers at IBM Watson raves"

What do you like best?

IBM brings you an innovative tool which aims to create virtual agents to ineract with your customer base and be a pleasant and almost human conversation through IBM Watson, you can give ideas, and the application can quickly write and maintain it, this in order to give the feeling to your customers who interact with yourself, amazing

What do you dislike?

IBM thought in all the details of this application, you can integrate it to all IBM applications, you can register for free to perform short tests, and realize the wonders it offers for customer interaction, and the time you can save, in my opinion nothing negative

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Perform the free trial and convince yourself that it is a quick solution to your sales process and organize your activities with IBM Watson

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For me, that is an excellent tool and serves as a great help to orgnize you as a company and even the possibility of having interaction with your customers, instantly fast and reliable with your customers, to save money on human talent and save responsiveness seems good to me, today I find myself using the free registration

Jose Alberto M.
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"Buena plataforma."

What do you like best?

Lo mejor que tiene es la variedad de servicios de los que dispones junto con la documentación. También permite la integración con los servicios de Google de una forma bastate sencilla una vez que tienes configurado correctamente todo.

Los distintos workspaces permiten tener varios proyectos a la vez, aunque la facturación se realizará en la cuenta.

What do you dislike?

A veces, es un poco lioso el configurar correctamente la comunicación entre un servicio y otro si te sales de lo básico y luego los precios, a mi parecer son un poco elevados. La documentación a veces puede ser un poco confusa y hay que estar pendiente de las versiones que se esté usando y de que estés leyendo la documentación para esa.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Lo bueno de Watson, es que necesidades como Speech to Text las puede suplir Google que tiene un modelo más desarrollado para el Español.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Yo lo he utilizado para la transcripción de llamadas en caliente, gracías a un cliente SIP. Los beneficios han sido que, una vez configurado todo (cosa que a veces es un poco costoso), todo funciona de maravilla. Aparte, permite la integración con algunos servicios de Google.

Arindam G.
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"Interesting and Futuristic"

What do you like best?

The best is the platform with minimal coding required. On top of that, IBM Watson is fully customizeable and integrable with other platforms, and it is very easy. Also, the customer service is very good. The machine learning and NLP capability is brilliant. The best part is the adjoining technologies that can be used like Discovery, etc.

What do you dislike?

I didn't find any big drawbacks. Though there is a good course available for learning the basics, but it is really difficult to go through the help materials and not every functionality is well mentioned there. If an advanced course can be provided and an updated one, that would be most helpful.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It takes a bit of time to get familiarized with the platform, but this is better than any other.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a lead generation bot and there are only a handful of bots in the market who could have provided us the service but they were very costly. IBM watson on the other hand is very cheap, has all the capabilities we need and is in all way better.

Deepak K.
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"IBM Watson Assistant Review"

What do you like best?

The interface knows automatically when to search the knowledge base for details, when to ask for clarity and in cases where the required details are unavilable in knowledge base it simply diverts the user to the support assistant.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes for a user who traditionally wishes to speak to customer care for help regarding some context interacting with IBM Watson Assistant might seem to be too much time consuming.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In my team where we manage support teams for problem management regarding a business inteligence tool, the customers frequently try to reach the support team for gettng their task done. For a small team it was initially too hectic to deal with the issues of multiple clients at a time, but after theimplementation of IBM Watson Assistant all the FAQ's and Knowledge Error Database(KEDB) details are covered. It knows automatically when to forward the users to the support human counterparts.

Keegan G.
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"fast to implement, fast to train, fast to value"

What do you like best?

Watson Assistant is extremely easy to setup and deploy. With a few clicks the watson workspace is live and with a few more clicks you can have a live weblink, slack integration, facebook messenger, etc. The platform makes it very easy to add intents, dialogs, and retrain your model. The biggest learning curve comes from understanding the art of programming a conversation, but once you get that its smooth sailing! One of the biggest things I like about the platform is that you get instant feedback to your model, as every change is live immediately. I also love that it helps recommend intents and help find overlapping intents.

What do you dislike?

My biggest request for improvement is to add an undo button. Although having live changes is great, it's sometimes hard to work with if you make a mistake, break your model, and then have to figure out what you previously did to make it work. I wouild also like the insights page to be improved. We wanted control over history of users and which intents the triggered, as well as a way to capture their feedback, so we implemented a cloudant DB to simply store every conversation. A way to create your own insights dashboard would be very helpful!

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Ive looked into other platforms but didn't ever find a need to switch. I think WA is the best choice as it is actively being worked on, with new features getting deployed quarterly.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are leveraging watson assistant to build conversational tools for our clients. We currently are working on a human resources assistant that is integrated with employee benefits and personal information, allowing users to query about their vacation balance, sick balance, and other cool HR insights

Roberto G.
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"Watson assistant a top industry chatbot builder"

What do you like best?

Watson assistant main feature is the easy way you can design de dialogs against the competitors, is the best in this field, also like the way you can manage some flags and important information using the json format of a answer.

What do you dislike?

when you build chatbots you use a lot of examples distributed on diferent Intents, but when you check some conflicts the solution only show 1 vs 1 conflicts, but in the training might exist more than 1 conflictive intentin because the confidence of a test is too low and can be confused, a good solution could be checkin examples across all intents so you can find more conflicts in your training

Recommendations to others considering the product:

added in the dislike part

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

whe can build client facing chatbots in less time using really cool features and managing in a smooth way the context for the soluton even when we build async solutions.

Gustavo R.
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"Easy to use and powerful"

What do you like best?

Watson Conversation is one of the best NLU service out there. Watson has a friendly web app that make it easy to start building a virtual agent, although you need some programming and machine learning skills to build a really good one. When data is not good enough (most common case), Watson performs better in intent detection with higher precision and recall scores compared to others providers. I believe this happens because he can do very well the linguistic expansion from a few given examples. You can start using the free tier up to 10,000 calls, which turns the adoption easy and cheap. I also really enjoy the ease of consuming Watson API and integrating into backends and internal systems.

What do you dislike?

Fuzzy matching dont works so well in others languages as it does in english, although its still in beta.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You can find a lot of information on google about how to start with Watson Conversation. Go ahead and try it by yourself.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are primary using Watson Conversation to build virtual agents and chatbots on customers from different industries (from customer service and bots to HR to manufacturing troubleshooting). We use it in different channels: customs web, iOS and android interfaces, Facebook Messenger, customer service and servicedesk tools.

Waldemar R.
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"Nice starting for your chatbot innitiative"

What do you like best?

It is a go to platform, specially if you need to include your business users to the board. With litle or no IT knowledge is possible to start creating intentions and dialog flows.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes IBM does not care very mutch about the continuity of using its API. It does not occur every week, but it changed sometimes with broken compatibility.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is worth a try.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is a good solution to build chatbots to answer simple and repetitive questions. Very easy to acomplish that.

Anna P.
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"Chatbot that is easy to start and implement"

What do you like best?

The Watson Assistant has a very intuitive interface that helps to create a chatbot in a matter of few minutes. It is easy to navigate through the tabs in the dialog itself.

What do you dislike?

The only thing that could be useful for developers is to rewrite the workspace in the dialog, so that the credentials would be the same. In addition, sometimes the response time is long, especially when trying to launch the tool.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In our team the Watson Assistant was used for different cases, mostly in the customer care sector. It helps to build customized dialog very fast and implement it in the applications, as well as other social medias, in a matter of few minutes.

Waldemar R.
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"A platform to empower end users"

What do you like best?

With watson assistant you don`t need to have IT to develop a ChatBot for your use case. The business specialists can use the tool to build chatbots and get great results with minumum tech knowledge. It is wirth trying it!

What do you dislike?

You need to build your app for the chatbot - and then you need IT experts. This could be done with some low code platform, but indeed is needed some IT knowledge.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is worth a try, really. The product is very good for starting in the chatbot world. Start small and grow from that.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The support for our field technical assistants - wich many times need our internal technical team suport for simple questions.

Daniel G.
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"The WA is constantly evolving"

What do you like best?

I really liked how Watson Assistant is structured and the constant evolutions in the tool

What do you dislike?

What I dislike much is that there are several errors in the tool that cause dialog flows to get lost, especially when you delete some child node, it simply causes the "Skip user input and evaluate child nodes" function to exclude in your dialog

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

reduce the number of calls in call centers

Pedro L.
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"A nice platform to non technical people build their chatbots."

What do you like best?

The easy interface to start building your own virtual assistant and the plenty of code available at the internet to plug it in a bunch of solutions.

What do you dislike?

The lack of real integration workflows within Watson platform itself. There`s a orchestrator needed to enable this feature now, but soon they`ll release new versions with this problem addressed.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

24/7 availability to the customers of an agent that can at least answer and direct questions. But, much more than this, we can offer a bunch os services in the same 24/7 without taking real people to solve those bunch of repetitive tasks, and they can start investing their time doing other stuff.

Gurinder G.
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"Ease of use of the platform"

What do you like best?

We formed strategic partnership with IBM to expedite our roadmaps to introduce analytics and automation in customer service space. Watson enable us introduce chatbot capability within 6 weeks. IBM team supporting PayPal is superb. They come across more as trusted partners rather than vendor/client relationship.

What do you dislike?

Ability to move rich data to cloud is big challenge for Fintech companies. This inflexibility hinders the potential that can be tapped from the rich feature sets of Watson. IBM needs to solve data privacy issues working with regulators.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Providing effortless customer service experience to enable our customer service agents to focus on value add interactions with customers.

Alexander D.
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"Watson Conversation Bot for Workplace Booking System"

What do you like best?

It was realy easy to use and to build different workflows.

The solution has a great rate of understanding and so the product satisfied manz customers

What do you dislike?

The API to our system was a little complicated.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have a market leading Workspace MAnagement tool including sensors an an Application. It is a great solution for shared offices, when there are more employees than workspaces. You can book workspaces close to team members, book perfect fitting meeting rooms with them and so on. With Watson Conversation, we where able to add a Whatsapp-like Bot you can talk to and reserve all information and bookings.

Frank L.
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"Watson Assistant is Awesome!"

What do you like best?

Really like the ease of use and the ability to create highly interactive intent driven interactions using Watson Assistant.

What do you dislike?

Haven't been able to figure out how to give different users different permissions to create, edit, and update BOTS created.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great product from a great company- Easy to get started and build more complexity later- easy for a business user or business analyst not requiring developer skills

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Intelepeer has customers across every vertical, and use Watson Assistant for creating BOTS that are simple chatbots via web, and also SMS and voice enabled using our Atmosphere CPaaS.

Ellen H.
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"Great results for customer service application"

What do you like best?

Simple to construct and business analysts can support the development of chat flows rather than always needing developers.

What do you dislike?

Would be nice if the business could access the data without needing IT to help extract

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Take the time to think through your chatbot flows before building anything

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Providing answers to employees of our clients when they come to us looking for help. Employees were calling Sales,, the client service centers, etc. looking for answers and the chatbot has been able to provide them with the information they need and get them out of other channels.

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"Watson Assistant - UX and Customer Retention"

What do you like best?

The best thing about Watson Assistant is the power to conect with customers integrating services and multiple plataforms to provide the best experience, fast solutions and thus customer retention.

What do you dislike?

I think that Watson Assistant could improve the Analytics tab. User friendly interface to extract the conversation logs in CSV or JSON format. Creating customizable graphics and tables would be very helpfull. Also it would be extra wounderful to measure some especific KPI like Runtime Accuracy, NPS and %Retention. Accordingly i would say that a confusion matrix generator would be kind of cool to help improve the model faster.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our custumers are very satisfied with our assistant. The company that i work for provide one of the best customer support assistant powered by NLP.

Gene A.
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"Watson growing up"

What do you like best?

Watson Assistant in continuing to grow and improve. The tooling is becoming more intuitive and more best practices are emerging.

What do you dislike?

There are still common problems that don't have workable solutions and the community is still pretty small. Specifically, when creating a voice solution with Watson Assistant, the confidence and recognition can be difficult to improve.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Save voice integration for last.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have implemented a call center chat bot with voice, text message and web chat. We have increased employee engagement and overall satisfaction by automating some of the lower level cognitibve tasks.

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"Useful product with some minor issues"

What do you like best?

I like the simplicity of setting up a dialog - my background isn't in development or coding and I'm (with some practice) very comfortable with using it.

What do you dislike?

Minor issues that seem simple to fix - e.g. you can move training questions to different intents but can't move entity values into different entities.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Get real user data, deploy quickly and often and make constant improvements. Plan for users asking questions that your assistant can't answer/isn't within its remit and make sure you have a fallback answer or signpost to somewhere useful.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Getting information at scale to people who need it when they need it. Our call centre is only open until 8pm, but using our virtual assistant means we can support people through the night too.

Veronica T.
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"Review Watson Assistant"

What do you like best?

The user interface is very logical and simple to use, even for a non-programmer. There is a strong watson community where it is easy to ask questions and get help with i.e. dialog developement.

What do you dislike?

That swedish not is a supported.

I don't like that there can only be maximum 5 responses with the rich text options. Like I would like to be able to ansver with more than 5 images.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating chatbots that can enhance our customers' support and can unlock accounts and automate services.

G
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"Need to implement a Chatbot ? IBM Watson Coversation is your perfect partner."

What do you like best?

Simple and intuitive approach for implementing a conversation chatbot, with extensive support of queries for automating the dialog flow.

What do you dislike?

Documentation for developing conversation applications uses terminology which appears a bit too technical in contrast with the simplicity of configuring the chatbot

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Remember that you must already have an IBM Cloud account. To avoid frustration use the tutorial which gives good guidance on how to implement a simple conversation chatbot. If you encounter difficulties, IBM support will assist you to move forward.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Implement a virtual assistant to answer standard questions about the GDPR regulation process. This should avoid overloading the service desk as the date the regulation comes into effect.

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