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Advanced Natural Language Understanding

Teneo allows enterprises to create advanced dialogue systems that utilise memory, personal preferences and contextual understanding to deliver a proactive natural language interface.

Linguistic Understanding

Machine learning is a great way to get a good general level of understanding of the users’ intents but, where more precision is required, it is necessary to condition on an actual understanding of the language used.

Linguistic understanding consists of three elements:

  1. Teneo Languages – a proprietary hierarchical representation of the language itself
  2. Natural Language Processing pipeline that breaks down the users input into its constituent elements
  3. Teneo Linguistic Modeling Language that allows the developer to easily condition the appropriate language elements

Language Resources

Teneo Languages are a hierarchical representation of language (ontology). They contain many elements such as synonyms, phrases, entities, intents, common dialogue elements, etc., and are all extensible by the developer to cover, for instance, company specific terminology. The hierarchical structure is important as it massively increases the efficiency of coverage – by referencing one of the higher elements, hundreds of variations may be covered.  Importantly, this is extensible, so if company or use case specific terms are required, they can be easily added into the hierarchy by the developer once and will then be used throughout the system for all users (including in automatic condition generation).

Advanced Date and Time handling is provided to the developer, also based upon Teneo Languages.

Natural Language Understanding Syntax

Teneo has a proprietary syntax called Teneo Linguistic Modeling Language, which allows the developer to specify exactly the language constructs they wish to recognise. The huge number of available operators can be combined to be as simple or sophisticated as required. It is equally easy to recognise tense, singular or plural or even react differently based upon user sentiment.

Unlike a Machine Learnt class where how the matching works is a black box, the language condition is human readable and can be refined at any time should more specificity be required.

Automatic Generation of Language Syntax

To accelerate the implementation process, Teneo can automatically generate linguistic conditions based upon example inputs by traversing the ontology. The syntax generated is human readable and can easily be adjusted by the developer if they wish to tune the linguistic coverage of the created condition.

Language Coverage

The Teneo platform allows developers to build solutions multiple languages, including NLP analysis of the inputs (tokenization, etc.), intent recognition with both linguistic and machine learning, creation of flows, build entity recognition, built in dialogue management, auto test, and much more.

Publishing of the solution is supported in all languages, and log information is then captured, stored, analysed and surfaced within Teneo Studio closing the loop for ML feedback.

Among the languages supported by Teneo, we have:

Basque

Belarusian

Bosnian

Bulgarian

Catalan

Croatian

Czech

Danish

Dutch

English

Esperanto

Finnish

French

Galician

German

Greek

Hungarian

Icelandic

Italian

Japanese

Latvian

Lithuanian

Macedonian

Mandarin Chinese

Norwegian

Polish

Portuguese

Romanian

Russian

Serbian

Slovak

Slovene

Spanish

Swedish

Turkish

Ukrainian

Multi-lingual - Global / Local

Today’s enterprises inevitably require the deployment of many languages and Teneo supports this with its Global Local Multi-lingual implementations.

The Global Solution is established, with the core flows representing the business processes, scripts, integrations, etc., and then branched to the Local Language solutions. Each local language will then require a translation of the recognitions and output texts – typically a localised language required 30 – 40% of the effort to translate. Still, the branching link is not broken, and as the Global solution has its implementation either extended or modified, these changes flow down to the local solutions, and simply require accepting.

It is still possible to add specifics into the local solutions, such as variations for business processes, on a country by country basis.

The Teneo Global Local implementation feature ensures rapid roll-out time of multilingual solutions, ongoing efficiency of maintenance and consistent high quality experience for users, no-matter what language solution they are using.

Rich Natural Language Processing

Out of the box, Teneo Natural Language Processing capability allows the platform to analyse each user utterance and marks up the language into its constituent elements.

This includes for example tokenization, normalization, part-of-speech “POS”, entity recognition “NER”, morphological analysis (singular / plural, past / present tense, etc.), sentiment analysis, time and date notation, spelling correction, language detection, and contextual understanding among other.

These annotations are automatically applied and made available to the developer for use at any time, should they be required.

Modular and Open NLP

The Teneo Natural Language Processing chain is modular and open. This means that developers can easily plug-in additional NLP assets should they be required.

For instance, if a company has already developed their own product catalogue recognizer, this can be plugged in and the functionality doesn’t need to be recreated. Once configured, all inputs would then be annotated where a product was recognised, making it easy for the conversational developer to then condition upon. This helps future-proof capabilities.

Machine Learning

Teneo comes out-of-the-box with fully configured machine learning capabilities. These cover the core optimised ML algorithms, a UI to create classes and maintain training data and in-built model testing.

Once the system is running, Teneo constantly monitors ML performance looking for possible conflicts, intelligently suggesting improvements to the developer and highlighting suitable training data to increase accuracy.

Hybrid Understanding

Machine Learning (ML) and Linguistic Understanding (LU) both have strengths and weaknesses.

ML can be rapidly trained to recognise general patterns and has good recall – it s able to recognise data it has not seen before. However, being a black box algorithm, is harder to separate clashes and lacks the ultimate precision of LU.

LU can be extremely precise and predictably, but it will only recognise what the developer considered when the condition was constructed. Building a whole solution with just linguistic understanding can also be very time and labor intensive.

With Teneo you don’t have to make the choice between ML or LU. Within the same solution, you can start quickly getting great coverage with ML triggers and then layer in linguistic understanding where required to obtain a much greater precision and reliability than could ever be achieved with ML alone. They can even be combined within the same flow or even same trigger condition.

Named Entity Recognition

Teneo comes with many pre-built entities, such as organisations, addresses, names, countries, colours, numbers, email addresses, IP addresses, dates, events, public figures, geographic areas, Zip / post codes, etc.

Custom entities can easily be created from within Teneo Studio‘s user interface, and meta information about the entities can be defined as well. The platform also offers the option to bulk import data to populate entities.

Unique Integrated Closed Loop ML

Once the solution has been deployed, Teneo constantly monitors ML performance, and stores highly granular log information into its integrated data repository.

Suggestions for improving the accuracy of the ML model are presented to the developer within the IDE, highlighting appropriate training data from the logs to reinforce the class model. Classes without sufficient training data are highlighted, along with examples the system believes would be good training candidates.

The developer can then simply select suitable examples to add them to the class model. This makes maintenance of the ML models ultra efficient and  highly performant.

Comprehensive Dialogue & Context Model

In Teneo, the topics that end-users can talk about with your bot are designed graphically as 'flows'.

Flows do what is needed to handle an intent of the end-user. They represent a pre-defined conversational pattern to fulfill the request of your end-user.

Visual Modular Flows

The visual design canvas of Teneo allows you to rapidly design any type of flow by using elements like triggers, bot responses, path’s to guide the conversation, scripts, reusable backend integrations and links to other flows and sub-flows. This graphical and modular approach results in rapid development of advanced high quality dialogues and slot-filling flows.

Your bot can have as many flows as you like and together the flows allow the user to have conversations about different topics.

Conversations

While a flow implements the predefined conversational turns needed to resolve a user’s question, full conversations can’t be pre-defined or predicted. Conversations are rarely foreseeable. One of the trickiest things in bot design, is to bring your various flows together in conversations.

Flow stack

One of the key underlying technologies in Teneo that allows it to enable natural conversations is the flow stack. Teneo automatically manages the active flows in a flow stack. When a flow is triggered it’s put on top of the stack, and as soon as it is completed, it will be removed from the stack.

The flow stack is made up of all the flows that have been triggered but have not yet finished. This allows end-users to freely switch topics when talking to your bot. Even when a particular flow has not yet completed its task, users can trigger another flow and when that flow has finished its task, Teneo bots will automatically pick up to finish the previous flow.

Teneo manages the flow stack automatically. However, you can access and manipulate the flow stack programmatically using the powerful api’s that come with Teneo. You may for instance force the stack to be cleared in certain situations.

Context Model

Teneo’s advanced context model allows you to create CAI solutions that understand context by remembering what was said before or take into account other contextual information. Some key features that form the pillars of Teneo’s comprehensive context model:

  • Flow stack: a typical human trait in natural language conversations is to temporarily deviate or switch topics. For example, while completing an order, a user might ask about opening hours, expecting the solution to answer and then continue with the order. Teneo’s flow stack automatically handles topic switching, out of the box.
  • Contexts with definable time to live: contextual information in Teneo can be remembered throughout a flow or throughout the conversation across flows, with a definable time to live. This means you can control how long information that is gathered throughout a conversation is remembered and used.
  • Context restrictions: context restrictions in Teneo allow developers to specify which contextual information should be taken into account when interpreting inputs of the user. These context restrictions can consist of things remembered during the conversation, contextual information provided in addition to user inputs (like the timezone or type of device the user is using) or scripts. For example, context restrictions allow your solution to interpret inputs differently depending on the time of day helping you to offer personalized experiences to end-users.

Dialogue Resources

Conversational Modules in Teneo boost your bot with lots of pre-built intents and flows. Teneo CAI solutions will, right out of the box, understand and respond to greetings, meta-requests (like Can you repeat that?), feedback, conversational small talk and other conversational topics.

Conversational Modules are available for over 40 languages, and because the dialogue resources become part of your solution, you can extend and modify them to your needs.

Personalisation

Using a combination of the knowledge of what has already gone on within the current dialogue, integration to backend systems built using Teneo Integration Manager plus real time access to the detailed logs of prior dialogues, detailed and personalised experiences can be delivered using Teneo.

Any contexts returned from any data source can easily be built into the dialogue flows so the end user experience can be adapted as the business processes require.

Enterprise Development

Teneo has been designed from the ground up to suit the needs of developing conversational AI applications for enterprises.

This encompses the collaboration of developers in teams, with other areas of the wider organisation and rigorous control required for enterprise development.

Extensibility

Although the platform ships with pre-configured NLP and extensive resources, these are fully extensible, so the developer may plugin additional assets into the input processing chain, or simply add resources (such as groovy files, JAR’s, text files, etc.) by dropping them into Teneo as resources. The platform even manages their deployment during the publishing process for runtime execution.

This helps to futureproof the investment made building applications.

Reusability / Multi-use case

Within a solution many elements can be reused – such as building sub flows, linking flows, extending language resources, etc.

Within the same environment, many solutions can be built and maintained. Assets can be exported from one solution, and imported and reused in another. Even company specific ontologies (Conversational Modules) can be created and imported to all solutions.

Analysis and Bulk Importing

Provision is made for the analysis of large qualities of unstructured language data such as existing live chat logs, FAQ’s, etc., by using Teneo Data’s Discovery component. This data can then be formatted to build understanding of company specific or vertical specific terminology.

Similarly FAQ’s, ML training data, custom entities, etc., can be ‘dragged and dropped’ to accelerate solution development.

Deliver Omnichannel

For Web deployments, Teneo Web Chat is a chat widget that can easily be embedded in websites. Support for various message types like buttons, quick replies, images, audio, videos and cards is built-in and the available JavaScript API allows for easy live chat integration and extendibility. Teneo Web Chat is open source on Github allowing for modifications if required. Additional functionality can be added without source code modification using the API.

Many prebuilt SDK’s are available to speed up implementations, such as iOS, Android, Javascript and Node.js. Source code for these SDK’s is also made available, to support modification or extension be required for a particular implementation. See https://developers.artificial-solutions.com/engine/sdks

Many prebuilt channel connectors available, such as Facebook Messenger, Teams, Microsoft Bot Framework, Alexa, WeChat, WhatsApp, Google Assistant and various IVR’s and RPA systems – see https://developers.artificial-solutions.com/engine/channels. Source code is also made available to support modification or extension be required for a particular implementation.

Teneo Engine, the published runtime model, can service multiple channels from the same solution. It is channel aware so it can adapt the end user experience based upon the capabilities of the channel and apply the most appropriate flow logic for it. You maintain this from a single Teneo solution.

Multi-lingual - Global / Local

Today’s enterprises inevitably require the deployment of many languages, and Teneo supports this with Global Local Multi-lingual implementations.

The Global Solution is created, with the core flows representing the business processes, scripts and integrations; then it is branched to the Local Language solutions. The global and local solutions remain linked; this means that if the Global solution has its implementation either extended or modified, these changes flow down to the local solutions, and simply require accepting making multilingual development faster and easier.

Complete Extensible Platform for Conversational AI Development

No need to start piecing different technologies together to support the lifecycle of your conversational ai application. Teneo comes with a pre-configured input processing chain for Natural Language Processing, however this is extensible.

From within Teneo Studio’s UI, developer can build intents and entities, manage ML class training, build integration, and close the loop ML by applying the real time intelligent improvement suggestions for the ML model retraining. Testing and publishing capabilities are all supported within the same UI with each developer getting their own tryout sandbox and extensive debug capabilities.

All interactions with the deployed solution are captured in the highly granular predefined Conversational Data Store. Using an Intuitive graphical IDE, the developer can easily query the logs of the running solution with a unique query language to fully understand its behavior.

Teneo allows flows to be developed quickly, with developers working collaboratively with business users to model business processes. Although the IDE is graphical, it doesn’t come at the compromise of developer efficiency and control.

Event Model, Scripting and Additional Resources

Teneo Studio allows custom scripting throughout the system either in Java or in the groovy scripting language (built upon Java). There is no need to code triggering of these scripts as it is all handled natively via the Event model, which exposes highly granular internal processing to the developer to script against.

Examples of these could be: on solution loaded, pre and post NLP processing, when a flow is triggered, at any point within a flow, when a flow is completed, and importantly for storing specific session data, when the session ends – but there are dozens more. The developer simply needs to drop the code in the appropriate event slot offering a huge power to customise behaviour of the use case as appropriate.

Should additional resources be required (such as java classes, groovy files, text files, etc.), these can be added with simple drag and drop. This provides the editorial environment for testing and allows Teneo to automatically ensure these additional resources are deployed to the appropriate runtime execution engines.

Collaboration among Development Teams and Departments

Multiple developers can access the same solution at the same time, with full record locking. All flows are versioned, with comments, and can be rolled back if required. Similarly, whole solutions are versioned upon publishing and can be rolled back. Each instance of Teneo can hold multiple solutions with the ability to share assets between them.

Each developer has their own ‘tryout’ environment with extensive debug capabilities throughout the system. Developers can work effectively with business users, who can easily understand the business processes being modeled, due to the graphical nature of the flows. As different users may have requirements, some being more technical than others, user permissions are maintained in Teneo Manager – which can be incorporated into the enterprise LDAP / Active Directory system.

Teneo offers Integrated Testing and Publishing workflows, with support for Dev, QA and Prod environments. With the necessity to pass testing thresholds between environments, these features support the development and deployment processes on an ongoing basis.

Integration

Our Integration manager component allows more technical developers produce integrations into backend systems. These integrations can then be added to the ribbon in Teneo Studio to allow less technical users to simply ‘drag and drop’ the integrations into flows.

The Teneo platform is Java based so there are no restrictions on external integration – if it’s accessible in Java, it’s accessible in Teneo.

The publishing workflow packages up integrations and all other required assets, and makes it available to the runtime engine – integration servers are rarely required.

Easily Incorporated into Enterprise IT Infrastructure

Teneo is built on a clean technology stack, consisting of proven, enterprise grade, open-source technologies.

All components of the platform can be hosted in the cloud or self-hosted, guaranteeing complete ownership of solutions and data.

Teneo Studio

Teneo Studio is the graphical intuitive application used by conversational designers for everything needed to create and manage Conversational AI solutions. It was built from the ground up to support all natural language solutions development tasks: manage intents, fine-tune the ML models, design and modify flows, manage contextual information, integrate with backend systems, simulate conversations, run solution wide regression tests and publish bots.

Teneo Engine

When a solution has been developed and tested in Teneo Studio it can be published to a runtime environment called the Teneo Engine.

The Teneo Engine is a java web application running in an application container. It is optimized for handling natural language inputs and contains everything needed to handle natural language interactions, including all ML models, solution logic and session maintenance. Since all logic is self-contained in the Teneo Engine, there is no dependency on the back-end allowing it to be easily scaled both vertically and horizontally. And because the engine logic is exposed through an easy to use API, it allows developers to make their bots available on any channel.

As mentioned above, the Teneo Engine is deployed as a simple web application and can therefore be integrated within your existing CI/CD pipelines to assist in regression testing, version control, etc.

Teneo Data

Once a solution is released, the users of your solution will start generating conversational data. This data contains a wealth of valuable information that can be used to fine-tune and improve ML models, flag gaps in knowledge of your bot or provide valuable business insights. Teneo Data allows developers to leverage this data in a GDPR compliant way.

When a user talks with a Teneo solution, the conversations are added to a message queue and stored in a Elasticsearch data store. This data is then used to automatically provide pro-active improvement suggestions for ML-model optimization. Data scientists can use Teneo’s powerful data tools to augment the data and the Teneo Query Language allows them to extract relevant data sets for use in business intelligence tools, training data extraction, dashboards and even personalisation, via its authenticated RESTful API.

Teneo Languages

Teneo Languages, a proprietary hierarchical representation of the language itself, are the powerhouse of the platform’s linguistic capabilities.

Teneo’s unique language resources are also served from the backend. This includes ML models used to recognize user intents, pre-trained Named Entity Recognizers, part of speech and morphological models, sentiment analysis, and language detection as well as technologies that cater for tokenization and normalisation.

And because of Teneo’s open NLP architecture, additional NLP assets can easily be added, making them readily available for anyone using the system.

User Management

Teneo allow multidisciplinary teams of users scattered across the enterprise to work together. Teneo Manager supports the management of users and permissions, and can be integrated with existing enterprise user management, such as LDAP / Active Directory.

Backend Environment

Teneo Studio connects with the Teneo Backend. This is where the solutions are stored, models are trained, version management is handled, and users are managed. The backend also takes care of item-locking, allowing multiple users to work on the same solution without overwriting or breaking each other’s works.

Teneo Backend runs on broadly adopted open source technologies, such as *nix operating systems and Java.

Backend Integrations

Integrations into backend systems (such as SAP, Salesforce, support systems) and RPA platforms (such as BluePrism and UIPath) are managed and maintained in the Teneo Integration Manager in Teneo Studio. An ever growing list of ready to use sample integrations is available for download.

If an integration does not exist, these can easily be created by developers with a powerful Java platform.  Once an integration has been added to a solution, it can simply be ‘dragged and dropped’ into flows, allowing conversation designers to adjust the conversation logic depending on results returned by the backend systems. This results in intelligent solutions that dynamically adapt and are capable of offering personalised conversations.

Full Development Lifecycle

Good conversational AI applications should not be viewed as a one-off build task.

In order to be an excellent experience the implementation needs to be aligned with the desired business outcomes, enable a rapid initial build, provide an excellent user experience, be efficient to maintain and then expand and scale as the business desires - the platform should not become the limitation.

Teneo supports the full development lifecycle.

Use Case Definition and Scoping

Where existing data is available, such as live chat, logs, etc., Teneo Discovery supports the analysis of large volumes of unstructured language data that can be used to assist with scoping use cases, in line with the business processes and expectations.

Furthermore, the analysis can reveal company or vertical specific words that can be used to kick start understanding.

Rapid Initial Build

Teneo is a complete integrated platform specifically for the development of Conversational AI applications. It includes Teneo Studio, a tool to construct flows, integrated ML class management, publishing workflow, out of the box log data capture – with native query language, and integrated data feedback of usage to retrain models – you don’t need start off piecing together different technologies.

The intuitive Studio interface lets developers quickly prototype complex flows with business users, and easily check they match the desired business processes, due to its graphical nature.

The built in ML modelling and class manager rapidly brings intent recognition, and when more granular control is required, it is easy to add precision when combined with Linguistic conditioning (see Rich Natural Language Processing and Hybrid approach).

Integrations can be put together with Integration Manager to gain access to backend data sources, and made available to be dropped into flows.

You can easily make the bot available using the built in publishing workflow and connect to your bot using any of the many SDK’s and channel connectors available – with full source code.

Efficient Maintenance and Optimisation

Understanding how a deployed application is performing at scale is essential to ensuring the quality or the experience you are delivering to your users; It needs to provide insight on where to improve or expand coverage. As your company’s brand and reputation are on the line the importance of this cannot be underestimated.

  • The first step is granular log capture, which many systems do not even provide – Teneo addresses this with a message queue passing all interactions real time into an elastic search data repository. This captures all user inputs, bot’s responses, the flows that have been triggered, details of integrations that may have been called, variables that may have been set and even contexts that may have been used.
  • Secondly this vast amount of data needs to be effectively communicated back to the developer in a meaningful and manageable way; simply reading logs will not work at scale. Teneo analyses the logs and presents to the user what has been understood, what may not have been understood, constantly analyses the ML models looking for areas to strengthen or separate closely related intents. Teneo then presents all of these findings within the same user interface, Teneo Studio, suggesting suitable training data to improve ML classes that can simply be selected by the developer. If required, the developer can drill into the actual flows to understand the context of the understanding.
  • Thirdly, when required, a query language is available to search for specific information and traverse backwards or forwards within the dialogue to expose more meaningful understanding. For instance, for a specific area of understanding, where negative or positive sentiment is expressed by the user, like “that’s not good” or “that’s not what I meant” this can be found and go back possible 2 or 3 steps in the dialogue to see what was “not good” or was “not meant”. With this the developer can really understand the voice of the user – and seek to make appropriate adjustments.

Multi-lingual Rollout

As has been detailed in other sections, effectively managing multilingual implementations is not simply a one off build exercise. Solutions may develop at different speeds for the different languages.

By managing the master solution centrally, the core functionality and business logic can be enhanced and expanded, and these changes are communicated to the local languages, where a disparate geographically located team can accept these changes and are just required to translate the understanding and outputs.

This is a huge benefit for larger organisations to keep the core logic or the solutions synchronized and removes considerable overhead in managing

Enterprise Scalability - Enabling Throughout your AI journey

These get rolled out through multiple languages, multiple use cases and wider departments throughout the organisation. Often involving the formation of a Conversational AI centre of excellence.

Most implementations of conversational AI start with limited scope to prove concepts and business benefits, and then the initial use case gets expanded into a wider scope.

The Teneo Platform has been designed and built from the ground up to enable and not limit this expansion.

Initial Use case

Teneo Discovery, a powerful text mining and analysis tool, will assist in establishing a suitable scope from the existing unstructured natural language assets the organisation is already in possession of – such as live chat logs, emails, and any other text data sources. This assists in ensuring the correct scope is defined to deliver the initial proof of concept to achieve the desired business outcomes.

Once scope has been defined, the combination of pre-built linguistic understanding, a fully ready to go integrated platform (with bulk import capabilities) and a powerful development environment in Teneo Studio will allow rapid prototyping, presented in a way business subject matter experts can understand and delivered within days not months. Intent models can be created with the integrated Machine Learning and augmented with fine tuned precision easily with linguist conditioning using Teneo’s Hybrid understanding. Integrations can be implemented with Integration Manager. The experience can be delivered quickly on appropriate channels using some of the many SDK’s and connectors provided.

Once the initial solution is made available rapid increases in precision can be gained using the closed loop feedback provided by the platform constantly monitoring performance and generating intelligent improvement suggestions surfaced to the developer from the integrated data repository.

Deliver Omni-channel

As has been detailed in other sections, effectively managing multichannel implementations is easy with Teneo.

For Web deployments, Teneo Web Chat is a chat widget that supports various message types like buttons, quick replies, images, audio, videos and cards and that can easily be embedded in websites. Furthermore, its available JavaScript API allows for easy live chat integration and extendibility.

Many other prebuilt channel connectors available, such as Web Chat, Facebook Messenger, Teams, Microsoft Bot Framework, Alexa, WeChat, Whats App, Google Assistant and various IVR’s and RPA systems – see https://developers.artificial-solutions.comi/engine/channels. Source code is also made available to support modification or extension be required for a particular implementation.

Live Chat

In many instances, “handover to a human” functionality can be required. How this is initiated can be flexibly controlled; for example, the number of times the safetynet is hit, based upon sentiment analysis, for specific business functions (high value or complex situations) or even at the request of the user.

A full transcription of the dialogue to date will be provided to the real agent. The option to ‘hand back to the bot’ from the human can also be initiated.

Example Live Chat implementation are provided on www.developers.artificial-solutions.com.

Expansion of Use Case

As solutions grow larger, more developers may become involved. No problem.

Teneo offers true multi-user capabilities with record locking, user and role management, and granular versioning at a flow and solution level including auditing and roll-back capabilities. As sophistication grows the native management of development environments – Development, QA and Production, with security around how and who can promote through the different environments, including inbuilt testing, quality thresholds and integration into CI/CD pipelines.

Teneo can easily cope with hundreds or thousands of intents, thanks to the combination of using deep Natural Language Processing,  a hybrid understanding (combining Machine Learning and Linguistic conditioning) and the platform’s out-of-the-box capability of organizing intents at scale. This simply cannot be achieved with ML only Black Box solutions. These intent models are high quality and granular utilising the advanced context modelling and dialogue management supplied out of the box.

Where scripting is required, this can be applied anywhere within the solution, and there is no need to code their execution – it’s all handled with the inbuilt event models.

Should additional resources be required, for example, Java classes, Groovy file, text files, etc., these can be just added as resources and deployed in the solution. Even the Natural Language Processing chain is open and modular, so additional functionality,  such as an existing company entity recogniser, can be incorporated and reused.

Scale with Usage

As usage of the CAI application increases, the platform can be scaled to match the demand. The run-time execution engines can easily be scaled horizontally and vertically, being built upon well understood open source technologies and session management is catered for out of the box.

During runtime, all the highly granular natural language logs are fed back to the prebuilt ElasticSearch (based conversational data repository) and improvement suggestions are generated within the Teneo Studio instance in real time.

Scale with Multi-lingual Roll Outs

As has been covered in other areas, efficient build and ongoing maintenance of multi-lingual solutions is achieved by branching the master solution and propagating the core business flows to the local solutions – simply requiring the content to be translated.

These links are maintained, and hence as the master solution evolves, the changes are communicated back down to the local solutions.

Scale with Use Case

As more and more use cases for Conversational AI are identified within the same company department, different departments or even different companies within the same group, Teneo is there to support you.

A single instance of Teneo can support dozens of individual and diverse solutions, for different use cases. Resources can be shared between solutions. Each solution can have an individual publishing workflow, as required. Each solution gets its own integrated linguistic data repository – and inbuilt improvement suggestions. Each use case can have a Master Local implementation to cope with effectively managing the complexities of maintaining often geographically diverse teams to localise the translation of understanding, whilst maintaining the consistency of business processes.

At this point, we often see the establishment of Enterprise Centres of Conversational AI excellence, who may produce company specific hierarchical ontologies and dialogue resources which can be utilised in many use cases, whilst still allowing for the local expansions for specific use cases where product specific vernacular is required.

Prebuilt Conversational Data Store

Teneo Inquire is a prebuilt conversational data store designed to capture highly granular information, and is able to be presented to the developer and queried in a meaningful way.

In order to provide an excellent engaging experience with the user it's vital to understand how solutions are being used and performing. This huge volume of data needs to be available in a meaningful and efficient way.

Log Capture and Query

Teneo Inquire is a preconfigured data store for large volumes of log data from a running solution in an ElasticSearch instance. This instance can be hosted in the cloud or on premise. The logs are passed from the running engine via a message queue.

The log data is highly granular, containing user input, bot responses, flows that have been triggered, variables that have been set, all ml class scores, processing path and lots more.

Capturing the data alone is only half of the story; you need to be able to find what you are looking for. Teneo Query Language allows developers to extract this information in a meaningful way. Importantly, it also allows the developer to traverse backwards or forwards in the dialogue. This is significant, for example, if you are looking for negative, or positive sentiment around a subject area, the point where the user says they are unhappy. “That’s not good” itself is not too insightful, you need to find the previous question the user asked and the bots response.

Efficient Optimisation

Even if logs are stored, it is impractical to simply read logs at scale. Teneo addresses this by providing functionality to constantly monitor performance and make intelligent suggestions for improvement to the developer. This includes areas where the ML classes need additional training data to increase confidence, where ML models are out of balance or where the systems believe classes are partially overlapping.

This is presented to the developer within Teneo Studio in a non technical way. The system provides training data that it believes may help; the developer simply needs to select and approve their addition. This provides huge efficiencies for maintaining sophisticated models at scale.

Data Ownership - Privacy and Competitive

All of the conversational data is owned by your company, it remains private and not made available to IT-giants. This can be hosted on-site or in a private cloud.

Ability to obfuscate PII data for GDPR compliance using named entity recognizers is available.

Integration with Enterprise BI Tools

Utilising the Teneo Query Language to retrieve conversational AI data from the repository and the Restful API, developers can incorporate performance and analytical data into any enterprise BI tool.

Business Insights

Not only can the conversational data store be used to help efficiently maintain and monitor the performance of the conversational AI application; it can also be used by data scientists to understand the voice of the customers at scale view of the business itself.

Customers may be expressing negative or positive views on certain ways the business is serving them or the offerings they are providing. They may inquire about products or services that are not being offered or even exposing. At a time when companies are having less face to face exposure to their customers due to moving to more digital offerings, this can be exceptionally valuable to reconnect with their customers.