What is Power Virtual Agents?

Power Virtual Agents empowers teams to easily create powerful chatbots using a guided, no-code graphical interface without the need for data scientists or developers. Power Virtual Agents addresses many of the major issues with bot building in the industry today. It eliminates the gap between the subject matter experts and the development teams building the bots, and the long latency between teams recognizing an issue and updating the bot to address it. It removes the complexity of exposing teams to the nuances of conversational AI and the need to write complex code. Also, it minimizes the IT effort required to deploy and maintain a custom conversational solution.

Check out this video for a brief overview of Power Virtual Agents: https://youtu.be/J5i7h4Uzju4

Using Power Virtual Agents, you can:

  • Empower your teams by allowing them to easily build chatbots themselves without needing intermediaries, coding, or AI expertise.

  • Reduce costs by easily automating common inquiries and freeing human agent time to deal with more complex issues.

  • Improve customer satisfaction by allowing customers to self-help and resolve issues quickly, 24/7 using rich personalized bot conversations.

Highlights of Power Virtual Agents

  1. Get started in seconds. Power Virtual Agents is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering. It allows you to easily sign up, create your chatbot, and embed it into your website with just a few clicks. There is no infrastructure to maintain or complex systems to deploy.

  2. Empower your subject matter experts. Using Power Virtual Agents, you are in the driver's seat. Your SMEs can create chatbots quickly and easily using a novel, intuitive, code-free graphical interface, eliminating the need for AI expertise or teams of developers.

    No-code interface

  3. Enable rich, natural conversations. Microsoft’s powerful conversational AI capabilities enable your end users to have rich multi-turn conversations that quickly guide them to the right solution. And, unlike most products on the market, there is no need to retrain AI models. Simply provide a few short examples of the topic you want the chatbot to handle, build the conversation using the graphical editor, and your chatbot is ready to handle customer requests. You can even try out your changes in real-time in the test pane!

    Natural conversation with a bot

  4. Enable chatbots to take action. Chatbots that can chat with your users are great, but chatbots that can act on their behalf are even better. With Power Virtual Agents, you can easily integrate with services and back-end systems out-of-the-box or through hundreds of easy-to-add custom connectors using Power Automate. This makes it simple to create a chatbot that not only responds to the user, but also acts on their behalf.

    Bot actions

  5. Monitor and improve chatbot performance. Power Virtual Agents lets you keep an eye on how your chatbots are performing using powerful metrics and AI-driven dashboards. Easily see which topics are doing well and where the chatbot can improve, and quickly make adjustments to improve performance.

    Analytics page

  6. Better together. Power Virtual Agents works hand-in-hand with Dynamics 365 Customer Service Insights to provide a holistic view of your customer service operations. You can use Customer Service Insights and Power Virtual Agents together to determine which topics are trending or consuming support resources, and then easily automate them.