Zoho unveils the ‘first bot for CRM,’ plus a new ‘serverless’ infrastructure service


Zoho offers an expansive suite of tools for businesses, covering sales, marketing, customer support, finance and other necessities.

This week, the company announced its first bot and launched an infrastructure service in support of apps made with its tools.

The bot – or AI assistant, in the company’s description – is call Zia Voice, and Zoho describes it as the first conversational agent designed for sales teams. More specifically, it offers a voice and text chat interface for Zoho’s customer relationship management (CRM) system on mobile devices, and text-only conversations on desktop.

Zia Voice draws on the Zia layer of artificial intelligence that Zoho added about a year ago.

[Read the full article on MarTech Today.]

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Barry Levine covers marketing technology for Third Door Media. Previously, he covered this space as a Senior Writer for VentureBeat, and he has written about these and other tech subjects for such publications as CMSWire and NewsFactor. He founded and led the web site/unit at PBS station Thirteen/WNET; worked as an online Senior Producer/writer for Viacom; created a successful interactive game, PLAY IT BY EAR: The First CD Game; founded and led an independent film showcase, CENTER SCREEN, based at Harvard and M.I.T.; and served over five years as a consultant to the M.I.T. Media Lab. You can find him at LinkedIn, and on Twitter at xBarryLevine.


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