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, the enterprise IT management division of Zoho Corporation, announced that the cloud version of ServiceDesk Plus, its flagship IT service management solution, now includes , Zoho’s AI assistant as a virtual IT support agent.

can answer simple questions, perform service desk operations, and interact with third-party apps, reducing response times and boosting technician efficiency. End users and technicians can chat with in a conversational interface, or converse with Voice to access more than a dozen out-of-the-box actions, as well as any custom actions created by service desk teams.

The company asserted that one of the biggest challenges for service desk teams is striking the right balance between business-critical ITSM projects and keeping up with daily firefighting or answering less crucial questions from end users. The lack of immediate access to the service desk team and service desk information can lead to end-user frustration and lower satisfaction rates.

A 24/7 virtual support agent helps address these challenges by offering end users prompt support. Virtual support agents are also valuable for technicians working in the field who may not have access to standard service desk interface and resources. Being able to interface by voice commands with a virtual support agent is beneficial for troubleshooting and implementing corrective actions.

“While business end users want on-demand access to IT service desk personnel, IT support staff prefer to focus on higher priority activities and do away with attending to level 1 support. Zia brings perfect balance to service desk operations by offering end users the same quality of support they’d receive from technicians, relieving support staff so they can focus on far more important tasks,” said Rajesh Ganesan, Vice President of Product Management at ManageEngine.

“We envision Zia will evolve into a smart AI-powered personal assistant offering contextual support, providing immediate assistance for every user in the organization, and elevating the user experience many notches,” said Ganesan.

“With the debut of Zia as a virtual support agent, we are laying the groundwork for enhancing service delivery and service desk efficiency with AI,” said Umasankar Narayanasamy, Director of Engineering at ManageEngine.

“We plan to add predictive analytics and intelligent automation to Zia, so customers won’t need to write manual rules,” said Narayanasamy.

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