KATE = KPMG Automated Technology Enabler.
Meet KATE, your digital personal assistant. She is available 24/7. You can ask anything regarding policies and processes. And she is reachable across multiple channels. She will assist your employees and allow them to save hours, previously lost on looking for appropriate answers.
What is a digital assistant?
An application for a website, mobile app, or device that interacts with its user in a similar manner as an actual person through spoken or written language. It responds by providing the requested information or accomplishing a requested task. Often, (cognitive) intelligence is added to make your assistant seem more human-like and provide superior user experience. Think: identifying emotions in peoples’ faces, detecting sentiment while processing natural language, or searching for relevant information that makes your life easier.
Digital assistants can take on simple functions that eat up time, which allows you to focus on complex, value-adding tasks.
Large, mature organizations can have an incredible amount of policies and processes available. It is normal that your employees have questions around these policies and their practicalities, especially new policies. Finding the correct answer to your question can be a very time consuming quest.
What if real time answers to these questions were available every hour of the day, every day of the week, and above all: didn’t consume anyone’s time.
Let’s assume searching for this information takes on average 15 minutes.
Let’s assume this happens 20 times a year on average. For a new joiner, these questions are a lot more frequent, however policies change and even the most seasoned employee has to search for information sometimes.
If your company has more than 1.000 employees, then we can estimate they spend over 5.000 hours or 650 men days looking for answers to questions about company policies or procedures.
For starters, KATE can help you with basic questions with regards to information found on the intranet (onboarding website, IT policies, HR policies …). These botomated (bot + automated) question and answer sessions can evolve into human like interactions and interventions using cognitive technologies.
Cognitive intelligence is a major disruption and implies substantial opportunities. KATE will help you leverage this opportunity. She will be able to understand, reason and learn. In this way, KATE knows who she is conversing with and will fetch user specific content to help you with personalized questions that are not available on intranet and need a personalized answer (tell you the number of holidays you have left, list your current expenses, show the projects that went over budget, ...). Moreover, KATE can assist you in more advanced activities such as filling in timesheets, booking meeting rooms, finding and storing documents and more. KATE will not deliver the best answer, she will choose the right answer. Based on the nuances in the natural language, the context of the question and what she learned from previous answers, she is able to provide different answers to the same question: the answer to ‘Which terminal should I use?” will depend on whether you are at the airport or at home, installing new devices.
For the long term approach, a clear roadmap, data governance and data architecture are necessary, which will require cross-departmental collaboration.
For end users (your employees)
For your business
Of course, KATE is more broadly skilled than helping your employees in finding answers and fulfilling tasks. KATE can also assist you in:
KATE could become your reliable virtual agent. Having a human appearance, combined with cognitive intelligence, she lends automated interactions a semblance of a personal service. Infused with cognitive intelligence, she will be able to bridge the gap between expert knowledge and customer expectation, delivering a truly personalized customer experience.
According to Forrester Research, “KPMG has cracked the code for balancing business and technology expertise.”