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Alan Zeichick
We’ve grown comfortable with digital assistants such as Siri and Alexa. But at work we need something more—and that something is context. A more-work-oriented assistant will integrate natural language processing and artificial intelligence with business data and apps.

That combination will let the assistant execute nuanced tasks such as gathering information for a report, setting up meetings, ordering supplies, or planning a trip, says Amit Zavery, Oracle executive vice president, thus saving employees precious time. Knowledge is power, but for digital assistants to thrive on the job, that knowledge needs context.

Alan Zeichick, Oracle Director of Strategic Communications
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