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1 0cm (center) 2,80 cm Stefan Besling VP Engineering Introducing VoiceObjects 7.4

2 0cm (center) 7,40 cm 11,40 cm 4,80 cm 10,50 cm © VoiceObjects - January 2009 Page 2 Overview Focus in VoiceObjects 7.4 has been on incorporating user feedback – Incremental enhancements rather than major new functional areas (except for SMS dialogs) – Making often-used functionalities easier and more efficient, e.g. using Expressions instead of Scripts or Connectors For usage examples refer to the Prime Telecom sample application and blog entries on

3 0cm (center) 7,40 cm 11,40 cm 4,80 cm 10,50 cm © VoiceObjects - January 2009 Page 3 User Management Two new user roles to model various use cases requested by customers: Observer – Read-only access to Control Center, Servers, Services – Inspect live deployments without the risk of making unintended changes User Manager – Solely responsible for creating and managing User objects – Clean separation between user-related and deployment-related processes – Cross-checking of actions (Four-eye principle / Two-man rule) Roles are available in system and custom sites

4 0cm (center) 7,40 cm 11,40 cm 4,80 cm 10,50 cm © VoiceObjects - January 2009 Page 4 Password Policies User passwords can now be restricted in a variety of ways: – Patterns can define which sub-strings passwords must or must not contain e.g. must contain a digit; must not contain user ID – Expiration time can define how long a password may be in use e.g. users must change password every 90 days – Password history can restrict the re-use of previous passwords e.g. new password must be different from previous two In addition, passwords can be created automatically and sent to users by – Must be changed on initial login

5 0cm (center) 7,40 cm 11,40 cm 4,80 cm 10,50 cm © VoiceObjects - January 2009 Page 5 Expression Functions Analysis of customer projects and feedback had shown us that – similar needs recur across very different projects – Script or Connector objects are often used where Expressions should be sufficient – custom solutions are developed where a generic solution could be provided So we added a significant number of new Expression functions focusing on – date and time manipulations – string operations – specialized but frequent advanced processing

6 0cm (center) 7,40 cm 11,40 cm 4,80 cm 10,50 cm © VoiceObjects - January 2009 Page 6 Expression Functions – Date &Time Ten new functions to – Compare times and dates e.g. ISBEFORE, ISAFTER – Find specific times and dates e.g. NEXTWEEKDAY, LASTDAYINMONTH – Perform time and date computations e.g. TIMEBETWEEN, ADDDATE, CONVERTDATE

7 0cm (center) 7,40 cm 11,40 cm 4,80 cm 10,50 cm © VoiceObjects - January 2009 Page 7 Expression Functions – Strings Eleven new functions to – Find strings in others e.g. CONTAINS, COUNTOCCURRENCES, MATCHESREGEXP – Extract portions of strings e.g. LEFT, RIGHT – Split strings into pieces e.g. PREFIX, SUFFIX, SPLIT All of the functions work with simple string patterns as well as full regular expressions

8 0cm (center) 7,40 cm 11,40 cm 4,80 cm 10,50 cm © VoiceObjects - January 2009 Page 8 Expression Functions – Advanced Processing Specialized functions for advanced but frequently requested use cases – ITERATE Provides an easy way to perform an operation in a loop (without the explicit use of a Loop object), e.g. to act on all rows in a collection – RESETVISITCOUNTER Selectively or globally reset visit counters on objects, e.g. to restore the state immediately after calling in – PROCESSFORMATTING Explicitly convert dynamic data into Text-To-Audio representation (in TTA-XML format), e.g. to pass it to backend systems

9 0cm (center) 7,40 cm 11,40 cm 4,80 cm 10,50 cm © VoiceObjects - January 2009 Page 9 Expression Functions - APPLYCONFIGURATION Application Defaults have been available for some time – Maintain different configurations e.g. for development, test, and production environments – Change default values, audio locations, etc. without having to touch the application itself – Applicable on service level New function now enables the same concept within each call – Utilizes same configuration XML format as Application Defaults – Easily apply caller-specific dynamic configuration derived from backend

10 0cm (center) 7,40 cm 11,40 cm 4,80 cm 10,50 cm © VoiceObjects - January 2009 Page 10 Object Enhancements – Menu & Confirmation Both Menu items and Correction items now provide a channel filter – Makes it easier to build Menus and Confirmations that cover multiple channels – Sometimes certain choices only make sense in specific channels Menu object also now offers an additional Selection Request – Played after all menu items, e.g. for prompts such as Make your selection now

11 0cm (center) 7,40 cm 11,40 cm 4,80 cm 10,50 cm © VoiceObjects - January 2009 Page 11 Object Enhancements – List Barge-in can now be controlled individually for each column group within a Lists content formatting – Provides fine-grained control to selectively enable or disable barge-in on specific sections of the output for each list entry – Use carefully since the disabling of barge-in can make navigation within the list more difficult for callers (because they need to hit the exact input timeout period)

12 0cm (center) 7,40 cm 11,40 cm 4,80 cm 10,50 cm © VoiceObjects - January 2009 Page 12 Web Channel Enhancements Input fields in Web forms can now be pre-populated with values – Works for all display types (text box, drop-down list, etc.) – Particularly useful for confirmations, or to immediately present information derived from backend caller profiles

13 0cm (center) 7,40 cm 11,40 cm 4,80 cm 10,50 cm © VoiceObjects - January 2009 Page 13 Desktop for Eclipse Enhanced dialog flow display and operations – Directly manipulate pre-/post-processing and other advanced object properties Improved Test Monitor – Better layout and button descriptions

14 0cm (center) 7,40 cm 11,40 cm 4,80 cm 10,50 cm © VoiceObjects - January 2009 Page 14 Mobile Web Video Restaurantsuche 1 Routenplaner 2 Anrufen 3 Neue Suche Voice + DTMF USSD (Text) Phone NEW SMS Phone Channels

15 0cm (center) 7,40 cm 11,40 cm 4,80 cm 10,50 cm © VoiceObjects - January 2009 Page 15 SMS Dialogs Introduction of USSD text channel has been very successful – Multiple live deployments with mobile carriers – Significant benefits from integrated management of multiple phone channels Support for SMS broadens the appeal – USSD gateways not available everywhere; extra cost – SMS access also available to non-carrier businesses Architecture emulates the media platform driver concept – Arbitrary SMS gateways can be supported through appropriate adapters for their respective proprietary API Integrated fuzzy matching – Anticipate and correct typos in caller input

16 0cm (center) 7,40 cm 11,40 cm 4,80 cm 10,50 cm © VoiceObjects - January 2009 Page 16 Instant Messaging Interesting additional channel for self-service applications – Particularly for employee-facing applications, e.g. submitting vacation days Same basic architecture and technology as for SMS – Adapters can be created for all IM networks – Currently, sample adapters are available for Skype and MSN Messenger In development / prototype mode in VoiceObjects 7.4 – Work in progress; GA release to be determined BETA

17 0cm (center) 7,40 cm 11,40 cm 4,80 cm 10,50 cm © VoiceObjects - January 2009 Page 17 Questions & Answers Thank You!

18 0cm (center) 2,80 cm This document and its content is confidential and was created for the sole use of the intended audience. It is not complete unless supported by the underlying analyses and oral presentation of VoiceObjects. It may not be reproduced, disclosed or passed on to third parties except with the explicit prior consent of VoiceObjects. VoiceObjects Germany GmbH - A Voxeo Company Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse Bergisch Gladbach Phone +49 (2204) Fax +49 (2204)


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