Improve Your Workflow
with These Five Bots
While AI is getting more advanced each day and we get closer to deep learning applications, machine learning apps are becoming integrated more and more into our everyday lives. From Google Home
to Amazon’s Alexa, we are surrounded by machines that are
How do we use smart software to be more productive? Just
as the Internet has made the workforce wildly more efficient, so
too can AI applications. Even chatbots can eliminate menial and
repetitive tasks from your work day.
Here are five bots that will help you be more productive:
Slack is a team collaboration service. Essentially, it’s a giant
chatroom for your team. Instead of congesting inboxes with
emails, you’re able to send messages directly and instantly to the
people on your team. It comes with video call integration as well as
Google drive integration to make for fast sharing. It’s an invaluable
tool for remote teams, distributed companies, or any team looking
to improve internal communication.
Slackbot is one of the many bots Slack integrates with.
Slackbot is a personal assistant bot that can help you better
communicate with your team. You can program Slackbot to answer
questions that are often repeated, allowing access to information
like weekly team meeting times, important team passwords, and
whatever else your team may need. In addition, Slack offers an API
to create additional Slackbots specific to your needs.
Scheduling meetings can take up a great deal of time. With
x.ai, all you do is connect your calendar, set a few preferences, and
your AI assistant will set up meetings according to your schedule.
You simply “email” the AI bot, which then has correspondence
with the customer or client you’re looking to meet with. After
speaking with the person you’d like to meet with, the AI assistant
sends off a group invite, and programs the meeting into your
AceBot helps you manage tasks on Slack. It’s built to drive
productivity and make your team more efficient. The AI app helps
you track expenses, polls, and ongoing tasks, helping you organize,
assign, and finish items on your to-do list. The app can even store
receipts and report reimbursable expenses. With AceBot, you spend
less time away from Slack, switching between apps and platforms.
Need a quick update on your team? This Slackbot allows you
to collect all the information you need by gathering updates from
your team and delivering them in a report. With the scheduling
feature, you can program it to receive these updates regularly.
Additionally, you can program Howdy to set gentle reminders
or ask custom questions. With Howdy, programming your own
reminders and inquiries is simple.
Do you want to poll your team on how they think their project
is going? Or, would you like to remind them of an important
meeting? You can ask these questions, along with anything else
you can come up with.
5. To-do by Workast
Another Slackbot that’s incredibly useful is To-do. All you need
to start using To-do is a Slack account and a list of tasks you need
assigned. With Workast’s to-do app, you’ll be able to quickly and
efficiently assign tasks and due dates to team members.
After tasks are assigned, members can mark the tasks as
complete. You can even generate easily visible and transparent
reports regarding your to-do lists.
Adding bots to your everyday work schedule can seem
like a confusing and cumbersome task. While navigating these
bots can seem daunting at first, it’s worth it to learn about
them and integrate them given how much they can streamline
communication, assigning tasks, and generating reports.
Interacting with quality chatbots can help your team
communicate clearly, produce concise reports, and save time by
organizing information. Try these apps out, research how to best
use them for your specific purposes, and track productivity. It’s
likely you’ll see major strides in just a few short weeks. SV
Machine learning has helped us with a great deal of mundane tasks. Advancements in
machine learning make it possible for software to act outside of its original code. That is, the
software can recognize patterns and act on those patterns, even if they aren’t explicitly laid
out in their code.
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By Donna Howard
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