New AI agents can drive business results faster: Translation Hub, Document AI, and Contact Center AI
When it comes to the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI), we have reached a tipping point. Technologies that were once accessible to only a few are now broadly available. This has led to an explosion in AI investment. However, according to research firm McKinsey, for AI to make a sizable contribution to a company’s bottom line, they “must scale the technology across the organization, infusing it in core business processes” — and based on conversations with our customers, we couldn’t agree more.
While investments in pure data science continue to be essential for many, widespread adoption of AI increasingly involves a category of applications and services that we call AI agents. These are technologies that let customers apply the best of AI to common business challenges, with limited technical expertise required by employees, and include Google Cloud products like Document AI and Contact Center AI. Today, at Google Cloud Next ‘22, we’re announcing new features to our existing AI agents and a brand new one with Translation Hub.
“AI is becoming a key investment for many companies’ long term success. However, most companies are still in the experimental phases with AI and haven’t fully put the technology into production because of long deployment timelines, IT staffing needs, and more,” said Ritu Jyoti, group vice president, worldwide AI and automation research practice global AI research lead, at IDC. “Organizations need AI products that can be immediately applied to automate processes and solve business problems. Google Cloud is answering this problem by providing fully managed, scalable AI agents that can be deployed fast and deliver immediate results.”
Translation Hub: An enterprise-scale translation AI agent
At I/O this year, we announced the addition of 24 new languages to Google Translate to allow consumers in more locations, especially those whose languages aren’t represented in most technology, to help reduce communication barriers through the power of translation. Businesses strive for the same goals, but unfortunately it is often out of reach due to the high costs that come with scaling translation.
That’s why today, we are announcing Translation Hub, our AI agent that provides customers with self-service document translation. With 135 languages, Translation Hub can create impactful, inclusive, and cost-effective global communications in a few clicks.
With Translation Hub, now researchers are able to share their findings instantly across the world, goods and services providers can reach underserved markets, and public sector administrators can reach more members of their communities in a language they understand — all of which ultimately help make for a more connected, inclusive world.
Translation Hub brings together Google Cloud AI technology, like Neural Machine Translation and AutoML, to help make it easy to ingest and translate content from the most common enterprise document types, including Google Docs and Slides, PDFs, and Microsoft Word. It not only preserves layouts and formatting, but also provides granular management controls such as support for post-editing human-in-the-loop feedback and document review.
“In just three months of using Translation Hub and AutoML translation models, we saw our translated page count go up by 700% and translation cost reduced by 90%,” said Murali Nathan, digital innovation and employee experience lead, at materials science company Avery Dennison. “Beyond numbers, Google’s enterprise translation technology is driving a feeling of inclusion among our employees. Every Avery Dennison employee has access to on-demand, general purpose, and company-specific translations. English language fluency is no longer a barrier, and our employees are beginning to broadly express themselves right in their native language.”
Document AI: A document processing AI agent to automate workflows
Every organization needs to process documents, understand their content, and make them available to the appropriate people. Whether it’s during procurement cycles involving invoices and receipts, contract processes to close deals, or for general increases in efficiency, Document AI simplifies and automates various document processing. With two new features launching today, Document AI can allow employees to focus on higher impact tasks and better serve their own customers.
For example, payments provider Libeo used Document AI to uptrain an invoice parser with 1,600 documents and increase its testing accuracy from 75.6% to 83.9%. “Thanks to uptraining, the Document AI results now beat the results of a competitor and will help Libeo save ~20% on the overall cost for model training over the long run,” said Libeo chief technology officer, Pierre-Antoine Glandier.
Today, we’re announcing these new features to our existing Document AI agent:
- Document AI Workbench can remove the barriers around building custom document parsers, helping organizations extract fields of interest that are specific to their business needs. Relative to more traditional development approaches, it requires less training data and offers a simple interface for both labeling data and one-click model training.
- Document AI Warehouse can eliminate the challenges that many enterprises face when tagging and extracting data in documents by bringing Google’s Search technologies to Document AI. This feature can make it simpler and easier to search for and manage documents like workflow controls to accommodate invoice processing, contracts, approvals, and custom workflows.
Contact Center AI: A contact center AI agent to improve customer experiences
Scaling call center support can be expensive and difficult, especially when implementing AI technologies to support representatives. Contact Center AI is an AI agent for virtually all contact center needs, from intelligently routing customers, to facilitating handoffs between virtual and human customer support representatives, to analyzing call center transcripts for trends and much more.
Just days ago, we announced that Contact Center AI Platform is now generally available to provide additional deployment choice and flexibility. With this addition to Contact Center AI, we are furthering our commitment to providing an AI agent that can assist organizations to quickly scale their contact centers to improve customer experiences and create value via data-driven decisions.
Dean Kontul, division chief information officer at KeyBank, had this to say about powering their contact center with Contact Center AI from Google Cloud: “With Google Cloud and Contact Center AI, we will quickly move our contact center to the Cloud, supporting both our customers and agents with industry-leading customer experience innovations, all while streamlining operations through more efficient customer care operations.”