April 2019 Release: What's New in Dynamics 365 AI
In our previous posts about the April 2019 update wave, we've referenced several new features that reflect extended AI capabilities which are being added to the product. On this page, we'll focus on the development of three dedicated AI apps that were released during 2018 in public previews.
Of these, AI for Customer Service Insights seems to be leading the way as this will enter general availability during the April release wave.
** FEB'19 UPDATE ** Since this post was published, Microsoft has announced the release of additional AI driven apps for the April update including Virtual Agent and Customer Insights (separate from Customer Service Insights!).
Dynamics AI for Customer Service Insights
Customer Service Insights provides actionable views into performance metrics, operational data and emerging trends for customer service organization.
Embedded dashboards, interactive charts and visual filters provide insights across support channels to automatically promote improvement areas that is underpinned by AI technology to detect emerging support topics as they arise. Insights gained are designed to help service managers take proactive actions that will deliver better customer service experiences by reducing wait times and faster resolution times.
Continuous Improvements to Topic Clustering Based on Human Feedback (General Availability - April 2019)
Users will be able to improve the results of topic clustering by managing the generated topics that reflect groupings of service issues. This will include renaming topics to match precise terminology and requirements, providing feedback on cases included within a topic to indicate which items should, or shouldn't, fall under a topic and splitting topics for granular management.
Agent overview, escalated cases, and SLA compliance dashboards (General Availability - June 2019)
These will enable service managers to gain added contextual insights into agent performance, escalated cases, and service level agreement (SLA) compliance.
An agent overview dashboard will give visibility into agent performance including average resolution times, customer satisfaction, SLA compliance, and response times. AI-driven insights are available across multiple channels to highlight the areas of strengths and performance impact, as well as identifying potential areas for training and improvement.
The escalated cases dashboard provides AI-driven insights to identify emerging topics and trends in escalated cases to proactively address problems before they result in wider impact.
Finally, an SLA compliance dashboard will help users understand how well customer service teams are meeting SLA obligations with AI insights combined with out-of-the-box metrics, charts and historical comparisons to assess compliance levels, identify trends and highlight frequent topics that result in SLA breaches.
Embed AI for Customer Service Insights within the D365 for Customer Service (General Availability - August 2019)
A set of AI for Customer Service dashboards can be embedded within D365 for Customer Service (Unified Interface or Unified Service Desk experiences) to provide these insights in the context alongside other key service metrics and views.
Share insights and workspaces with colleagues (General Availability - April 2019)
Service managers can share AI insights across their organisation by inviting others to access these workspaces. This will allow invited users to view data within the workspace, or limit access based on rules with invited users permissions controlled for read only or contributor to manage topics.
Generate Insights from Custom Entities & Field Data (General Availability - April 2019)
AI for Customer Service Insights works out of the box with data stored in the Common Data Model and default Dynamics 365 entities and data fields. With this release, broader insights can be gained with a data mapping wizard that will enable additional data to be imported from custom entities and fields.
Dynamics 365 AI for Market Insights
Market Insights provides actionable insights into what consumers say, seek and feel about brands, services and products to help businesses stay on top of the emerging trends and react quickly to opportunities / threats.
With the discontinuation of Microsoft Social Engagement recently announced, Market Insights is the new solution to undertake social listening and social engagement activities, as well as access web insights across industries, competitors and consumers.
AI-Assisted Query Builder (Public Preview - April 2019)
In some instances it can prove challenging to configure search rules in a single attempt that delivers relevant insights across brands, topics and products, especially if multiple abbreviations are commonly used. Very often, it can take several weeks to hone and refine search rules to achieve a satisfactory precision.
With this release the Market Insights AI-powered assisted query builder attempts to solve this problem. When users begin typing their search term they will be presented with suggested brands, products and hashtags. Through this more relevant list, the assisted query builder is designed to streamline search setup and shorten the time in which meaningful insights can be gained.
Bing Web Search Analytics (Public Preview - April 2019)
This feature will provides users with insights on search query trends and age and gender demographics from Microsoft search signals across selective countries. These search trends, in addition to social insights, can be used to understand market trends to predict product demand and monitor their brand awareness.
Conversation Analytics (Public Preview - April 2019)
Through AI and Natural Language Processing technologies, Market Insights seeks to eliminate noise and distil the key insights to influence marketing planning, execution and measurement. Marketers can identify themes for planning and measure marketing message effectiveness to help identify locations, people and organisations for potential opportunities.
Using AI and NLP techniques, the top themes of the conversations discussed online can be matched to search topics while entity extraction features will identify people, companies, locations and hashtags mentioned in the context of these search topics.
Additional phrase cloud improvements will utilise advanced clustering models to improve the quality of phrases shown in tag clouds that will help teams identify relevant keywords for SEO, PPC and social creative optimisations.
Alerts (Public Preview - April 2019)
Users will be able to create an alert simply by typing in a topic of interest and providing their email address. Email alerts will be sent daily or weekly containing relevant news and insights based on online searches and web activity which suggest an evolution of the social selling assistance from the soon to be discontinued Microsoft Social Engagement.
This provides an additional feed to stay better informed about what’s happening across monitored topics with tailored insights.
Dynamics 365 AI for Sales
AI for Sales is designed to help businesses strengthen their sales processes and drive greater revenue.
The April '19 release will bring a series of AI capabilities embedded within Dynamics 365 for Sales, or delivered through the purpose built Sales Insights app.
Create & Configure Suggested Relationship Assistant actions (Public Preview - April 2019)
Administrators will be able to create their own suggested action cards within the Relationship Assistant settings experience to promote recommended next best actions.
This can use events and conditions to customise triggers for when suggestions should be created giving businesses greater flexibility to send timely information that will help sellers close deals faster and better manage accounts.
Access Relationship Assistant from Microsoft Teams (Public Preview - April 2019)
Another example of the increasing synergy between Microsoft Teams and Dynamics will see Relationship Assistant becoming available inside Teams and integrated with its bot experience.
Customization & Extension Options on AI for Sales Reports (Public Preview - July 2019)
Using prebuilt reports, sales managers will be able to see an overview of their team performance that will include progress towards targets and time spent highlighting non-obvious trends. For additional flexibility, and to provide all the information that's needed in one place, D365 AI for Sales will also allow sales managers to apply customisations and host their own Power BI reports.
Predictive Forecasting (Public Preview - July 2019)
This enables sales managers to use AI-based models that remove manual and error-prone steps from forecasting processes to more accurately predict revenue. Predictions can be visualised against targets so that proactive action can be taken to address projected shortfalls.
Call Intelligence (Public Preview - July 2019)
By connecting caller technology, conversation insights can be generated to help managers better understand how sellers are engaging with customers. The April '19 release will see further functionality to enhance this experience.
READ MORE ABOUT THE APRIL 2019 UPDATE
- What's New in the Power Platform
- Dynamics 365 for Sales & Service apps
- What's New in Web Portals
- What's New in Dynamics 365 for Marketing
- Dynamics 365 for Talent