Amazon Readies Alexa for Business

Amazon Readies Alexa for Business
Amazon wants to put its Alexa intelligent assistant to work in business environments.

(CCM) — Amazon is preparing to send its Alexa intelligent assistant into the workplace, according to a CNBC report.

The company is about to announce its Alexa for Business Platform, which will be unveiled with a number of partners that have developed new capabilities known as "skills" for the intelligent assistant.

Alexa for Business may be able to make it easier for employees to carry out tasks such as setting up a teleconference, arranging a meeting, accessing an employee directory, or even getting sales data from corporate applications such as Salesforce using spoken commands. Employees could even carry out these tasks when out of the office using the Alexa app on their smartphone.

Alexa for Business may also be put to work to carry out user authentication, so that users can log on to business applications by speaking to Alexa instead of, or in addition to, using a traditional username and password.

Amazon is planning a number of discussion sessions about Alexa for Business at its re:Invent developer conference this week. These sessions include "Bring your Alexa to work. Voice enable your company;" "Building smart conference rooms with Alexa;" and "New skills for Alexa for Business."

Amazon offers more than 20,000 third-party skills for its Alexa-enabled devices for home users which include the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show.

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