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Shift Up: Out of One Tool, Many

5/31/18 / by Michael Giacometti posted in User Experience, User experience testing, voice recognition software, test management, DevOps, Eggplant AI, artificial intelligence, shift up, shift right, shift left

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This is Michael's third blog in his Shift Up series. You can read the first blog here and second blog here.

On May 21, 2018, Bank of America announced that it was rolling out its chatbot, Erica, to all its mobile customers. On the surface, the premise makes sense. It’s making the bank more relatable. It’s providing real-time customer support to people where artificial intelligence (AI) assistants like Siri and Alexa are becoming the norm. It doesn’t have the limitations that some phone-based IVRs have, and it aims to provide immediate assistance instead of making us wait for a human (we’ve all shouted “representative” or pressed zero dozens of times to get a real person). Erica is a great way for Bank of America to optimize the customer experience.

But let’s pull back the covers and ask some basic questions. How does Erica know the customer so well?  How does Erica pull from different sources of information? How does Erica know what products and services to offer? What systems, both homegrown and third party, does Erica need to be effective? 

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The Customer is Always Right ... and That Customer, and That Customer, Too.

4/25/18 / by Michael Giacometti posted in shift up, shift left, QA, User Experience, Eggplant Digital Automation Intelligence Suite, intelligent testing, test automation strategy, user journey, QA testing, shift right

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It’s no secret that the digital revolution is quickly changing the way businesses and customers interact with each other. Like Blockbuster, companies that don’t understand the evolving needs and tastes of their customers will die, while companies like Netflix that fail fast, quickly adopt technology, and evolve, will thrive.

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The Need to Shift Up in QA

4/11/18 / by Michael Giacometti posted in Quality assurance, QA, Software test automation, Automation testing, shift left, shift right, shift up, COE, quality control, artificial intelligence, User Experience, digital automation intelligence, Digital Experience

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Sometimes I feel as if I’m the Forrest Gump of quality assurance (QA). Since 1998, I’ve been through the beginning of automated integration testing and service virtualization through being a co-founder of Class I.Q. (now IBM Greenhat). I’ve been through the first phases of an automated testing center of excellence (ACOE). I’ve been there for the start of risk-based testing, and I’ve been a part of the transformation of QA from a somewhat necessary function to something that is now the core and chief concern of any company putting out quality software and apps.

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