ServiceNow Acquires Qlue and Invests in BuildOnMe to Deliver Intelligent Automation to Everyday Enterprise Work
New capabilities include virtual agent technology and artificial intelligence-enabled applications for the Now PlatformTM
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ServiceNowhas agreed to acquire Qlue. ServiceNowplans to further increase productivity for its customers and enhance their experiences by applying artificial intelligence to routine service desk conversations with Qlue’s virtual agent messaging capabilities. With this acquisition, ServiceNowexpands its offerings to make everyday work more intelligent in its Intelligent Automation EngineTM on the Now Platform. This is an all-cash transaction expected to close this month. Financial terms were not disclosed.
ServiceNow Venturesannounced its investment in BuildOnMe, an early-stage company delivering artificial intelligence-enabled applications on the Now Platform. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“Intelligence is the glue that brings automation, context and human
power into the service conversation,” said
Qlue leverages artificial intelligence to power virtual agents. Qlue’s
solutions can answer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) such as “What is
our policy in paternity leave?,” requests such as “What’s the status of
my order?” and problem diagnostics such as “My internet connection is
When employees have questions about benefit enrollment, vacation policies, a leave of absence or jury duty, they typically call or email HR agents. This is also the case for IT service desks who deal with password resets, equipment requests and software issues, and for customer service agents who deal with warrantees, faulty products or the status of an order. Virtual agents provide a two-way flow of interaction in natural language between machines and humans. With machine learning and artificial intelligence as the underpinnings, a virtual agent chatbot can solve problems, answer questions and undertake actions with greater efficiency and faster turnaround. Chatbots provide employees or consumers an experience that can be personalized, accessible and effective. Self-service using chatbots frees up human agents who can then focus on higher value work.
“ServiceNow’s strategy is to build, buy and partner to accelerate our customers’ path to intelligent automation,” said Wright. “Today’s investments show our commitment to greater intelligence for everyday work on the Now Platform. This helps our customers gain greater efficiencies from their operations while providing superior user experiences for their employees and customers.”
“ServiceNow is delivering the service experience of the future,” said
BuildOnMe Delivers First Intelligent HR Chatbot on the Now Platform
BuildOnMe’s artificial intelligence applications also enable companies to automate many mundane tasks with a chatbot. Because they are driven by artificial intelligence, BuildOnMe’s solutions get smarter with every interaction.
“Companies without some form of intelligent automation are already
BuildOnMe Bob (BuildOn Bot) delivers for the first time a chatbot HR assistant running on the Now Platform. Bob increases HR employees’ self-service support, which can deflect cases. Bob for HR addresses common questions and requests so HR agents can focus on the more complex and strategic aspects of HR work. Bob is connected to knowledge bases so employees can ask questions of Bob, rather than sifting through content in different places. Bob understands when an employee types, “I just had a baby,” that it should direct the inquiry to the company’s maternity policy and benefits. It also processes requests for a leave of absence, vacation and more. Bob can also be adapted for expertise in IT service management.
“Having greater intelligence to assist in managing HR requests and
inquiries via a chatbot makes it easier and faster for employees to get
what they need, when they need it,” said
BuildOnMe also offers BuildOn Claims, an AI-infused end-to-end claims management and customer portal for the insurance and legal industries. Built on the Now Platform, its AI roadmap includes historical claims and patterns analysis, fraud detection and intelligent routing of claims, among other tasks.
Today’s Qlue news follows ServiceNow’s DxContinuum
machine-learning buy in January. BuildOnMe is the eighth investment by
BuildOnMe is a products and services company based in
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