Today we expanded our AI capabilities again, while also growing our existing natural language capabilities, with the acquisition of CrunchBot and the Crunch Data Inc. team of experienced AI and solution development professionals. These capabilities and resources will help enterprises further drive analytics adoption across their organization, and increase data’s value through conversation-driven interactions.
CrunchBot is available immediately from Qlik, and offers a conversational, natural language interface that can be accessed from within Qlik Sense as well as through popular collaboration tools such as Slack, Skype, Salesforce Chat and Microsoft Teams. The solution is built upon Qlik’s open API framework and the Qlik Associative Engine, and adds to the already powerful AI and natural language capabilities within Qlik Sense. Additionally, users can explore and ask questions of their data through voice interaction with integration to services such as Amazon Alexa.
Unlike standalone bots, CrunchBot uniquely works with Qlik to bridge the gap between visual discovery and conversational analytics. Because its built on top of our Associative Engine, users can ask questions and seamlessly dive directly into Qlik Sense apps based on the results, with the context retained. This approach offers the best of both worlds – allowing users to enter analytics conversationally, and then transition with ease to visual exploration for deeper understanding and discovery. And since CrunchBot is already a Qlik Trusted Extension Developer (TED) accredited solution, we can immediately offer a high quality and tightly integrated capability built using the same API framework as our core products.
Just as important is the value the Crunch Data team will bring to customers looking to spread the value of analytics throughout their organizations. Crunch Data’s team will be integrated into Qlik’s existing customer success organization, and brings a wealth of experience helping companies leverage AI to gain more value from their analytics investments.