Cisco wants more enterprise application development teams to build chat bots on its Spark collaboration program. In order to accomplish that goal it has announced new partnerships with chat bot platform vendor Gupshup and natural language technology vendor API.ai.
"Transforming the collaboration experience is about bringing people together, giving them quick access to critical information and the ability to share and communicate in real-time," Jason Goecke, general manager of Cisco's Tropo Business Unit, said. "Providing our customers and developers access to Gupshup's intuitive bot platform will create customizable experiences that enhance Cisco Spark's capabilities."
Cisco had previously announced the creation of $150 million fund aimed at encouraging development, including chat bot development, on its Spark platform.