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Stephanie and Mark have each experienced the SharePoint space not less than ten years, plus they presently run the SharePoint talking to firm PAIT Group. In part 11 of the series, we’ll be searching at the advantages of bots in Microsoft Teams, how to begin creating your personal, and the way to increase bot adoption in your organization.

Name: Mark Rackley
Location: Harrison, AR
Current Role: Chief Strategy Officer
A word that best describes the way you work: Agile
Mobile phone of preference: Samsung S10+
Computer of preference: Surface Book 2

Name: Stephanie Donahue
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Current Role: Co-Founder/Chief executive officer @ PAIT
A word that best describes the way you work: Multi-tasker
Mobile phone of preference: My iPhone
Computer of preference: Surface (Tablet, not book)

To obtain began, please inform us just a little regarding your background the way you reached where you stand today.

Mark: Everything began when my parents bought us a Commodore 64 after i was 10 I’ve been a pc geek since! I ultimately graduated having a degree in personal computers engineering. I acquired into SharePoint in 2007, SharePoint speaking, blogging, and talking to in ’09, met my future business partner in a conference in Bay Area in 2012, and we’ve been building an incredible practice within the last four years. I’m looking forward to the long run and what’s coming.

Stephanie: I possess a degree in Information Technology, however i have spent the majority of my career being an “IT Pro.”  I emerged with the ranks of helpdesk, Server Admin, Network Admin, after which into talking to. I accidentally arrived in SharePoint talking to (most likely similar to everybody else!) when I needed to complete for any friend. I had been only said to be there for a couple of days, however they loved my work and that i wound up finishing the work by myself! ten years later I’m still in talking to and also have the privilege of managing a company with Mark.

That which was your “aha moment” with bots?

Mark: After I built my first and saw how easy/effective it had been.

Stephanie: I was certainly skeptical initially! I had been never keen on individuals pop-ups online that bug you with generic questions and supply under useful solutions. Seeing bots integrated with Microsoft Teams is how it began to click for me personally. Having the ability to ask a particular business question and becoming real business-critical solutions back is really a game-changer.

Why must business users be looking forward to bots?

Mark: Using cognitive services implies that users don’t need to know precisely what they’re trying to find to locate it. AI can determine their intent making it simpler to locate the things they actually need.

Stephanie: Could Mark provide a more technical response to a company user question? HAHA. I believe the opportunity to ask a bot an issue exactly the same way I’d ask a co-worker and expect an invaluable answer back is fairly awesome. Bonus: my bot doesn’t take lunch breaks or vacation!

Mark: Be nice Stephanie… Okay, fine. Users do not have to look for a particular keyword or phrase it normally won’t need to know always exactly what they’re searching for. A bot will and then try to evaluate which they mean and supply an answer. This enables users to inquire about questions in as our biological forebears naturally speak but still find what they desire.

What existing bots can you recommend a company use to “dip their ft in to the pool?”

Mark: QnA Bot made while using QnA Maker, certainly. It’s super simple.

Stephanie: The “Who” bot in Microsoft Teams–you can also add it in the Teams Store. It’s linked to Active Directory and it is basically only a people finder according to your company’s user profiles. At PAIT Group you are able to ask “Who focuses on bacon?” also it would return Mark Rackley’s contact details.

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How’s PAIT Group using bots in Microsoft Teams today?

Mark: I do not think we’re? We’re too busy building them for the clients… ?

Steph: I demo the Who bot constantly ?. We do not have other business use cases yet we’ve been busy building them for everybody else.

What recommendations have you got for somebody searching to obtain began in bot development?

Mark: I’ve covered this extensively on my small blog:

Just how can developers tie their bots across Office 365 to boost the Microsoft Teams experience for finish users?

Mark: Using the whole Azure stack, bots could be complex or simple to connect with any systems you’ve inside your atmosphere. These may help users by respond to questions, beginning a workflow, or entering data in to the system. The options are endless.

We’ve heard a great deal about Microsoft Cognitive Services. Are you able to discuss how these advanced Azure services factor into Microsoft Teams bots?

Mark: Cognitive Services would be the brains from the bot and are utilized to figure out what the intent from the user is dependant on their input using either text or audio. Quite simply, when users ask an issue, cognitive services are utilized to guess what they’re asking about. Developers can decide how to handle that intent after that.

Have you got any strategies for growing bot adoption?

Mark: Just go develop a bot I’ve blogged in regards to a couple of ways to get it done. The Return on investment is insane, and the easiest method to get adoption is to buy users employing a bot to eliminate the worry of change.

Steph: Make certain you build something having a real business use situation that gives valuable information. It’s super simple to use, so just make certain you place the bot somewhere that’s easily observed in your site. It’s also wise to communicate using the bot within Microsoft Teams so people know it’s available.


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Using the Q&ampA bot beneath your belt, what’s next for PAIT Group?

Mark: Adaptive cards would be the next logical part of bot development. Although bots respond to your questions from users, but they may also present you with detailed cards of knowledge or cards that contains simple forms for entering information for more follow-up through the bot as well as other workflow.

Steph: We’re getting conversations with customers with respect to their frontline workers who soon can enter issues, request inventory, or update their status all using their mobile phone. The digital workplace is finally reaching past the corporate workplace it’s a fairly exciting spot to be!


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