Things just become easier and smarter with Alexa, 'a cloud-based voice system service available on tens of millions of devices from Amazon and many third-party manufacturers.' Ad hoc reporting is one of those things.
For example, when you're looking to have a specific report created for your customers, but you don't want to take the time out to create and print it, turning to your Alexa just makes good business sense. There are so many ways to take advantage of this kind of technology, and in order to get a competitive edge against the competition, why wouldn't you? It can also help you when you're trying to gain internal knowledge to help monitor and track visits to your website. Pair it with another device to help you learn what your customers are looking for, and what they might need. It won't take long to see that it is a wonderful tool to help.
You can build a smart business (or home, but that's another story) through the ample selection of tools, APIs, code samples, reference solutions and documentation readily available through Alexa. It is simply a wonderful way to help the technology you are already using everyday to become more intuitive. That means precious time you've lost through time-consuming tasks, research and reports in the past, can be delegated to your smart devices in the future, allowing you to focus on other, more critical need areas of your business.
Pair your self-service reporting, for instance, with Alexa and see how it can help make your data 'powerful, visual and monetizable.' How does it work? You take your idea for what it is you need, and Alexa turns it into a recognizable voice command that will have your 'smart device' doing your work for you. Try it once or twice, and you will quickly see how exponentially beneficial going 'smart' can be for your work. Without sweat equity (or time lost on mundane but necessary tasks), Alexa can compile important data for you to use in your reports such as graphs, traffic ranks, search queries, etc. to help you understand what your customers want or need. That is beneficial to you, and to them.
Alexa is fast becoming a regular household name, and it was only a matter of time before it found its way into business as well. The options it offers for productivity, streamlining and making progress are undeniably appealing. I for one am very excited about the potential this kind of smart technology can bring into our homes and careers! Have you heard of it yet? Have you used it? If so, I would love to hear more. Please leave a comment, and let's get a discussion going!!