“Alexa, start my conference call.”
“Alexa, turn off the lights in the office at 7 p.m.”
“Alexa, schedule this room for 1 p.m.”
These commands are coming to an office near you via an Amazon Web Services Alexa for Business playbook that includes a bit of developer democratization and Apple’s well-worn consumerization approach. Amazon has carpet-bombed your home with Alexa-powered Echo devices and now this inexpensive hardware will be landing at an office near you.
No matter how you slice it, Alexa for Business is going to be bad news for that crowded digital assistant field with the likes of Microsoft’s Cortana and Google’s Assistant.
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels outlined Alexa for Business at his re:Invent keynote, arguing that voice will unlock new uses for digital systems and change how they are constructed.