Either as a smart home appliance or as an ‘AI enabled personal assistant, Alexa’ has earned a ubiquitous presence in our lives. To take it further, by launching office tools, Amazon enhanced the importance of Alexa for business. Pragmatic Voice is an Alexa Skill Development Company that can give voice to your business.
Alexa is Amazon’s voice-control system. It lets you speak your wishes to an Echo smart speaker and eventually fulfills it. It starts with simple executions like dimming your lights or playing music tracks.
Why this technology is catching on is due to a simple reason that the user doesn’t need to press any buttons, simply with some trigger words (either “Alexa,” “Echo,” “Amazon,” or “Computer”), it can be set to perform an action.
While Alexa sits in speakers and answers our questions, Pragmatic Voice as the Alexa Skill Development Company of your choice, can also make it talk to our devices and get things done. For example, you can ask Alexa to talk to your AC and turn it On/Off. Now how did Alexa know to control your AC? This is made possible by developing what is called Alexa Skills. In the same manner, Alexa skill development can help you also to enhance your device productivity.
You can develop skills specific to different devices or services and make them operational through Alexa enabled speakers. Uber, for example, has opted Alexa skill development and made Alexa skills which you can use and make your speakers to book a cab for you!
At Pragmatic Voice, we have expertise in Amazon Alexa skill development tailored to customer’s services and products. We have experience of using both AWS Lambda and custom server environment to make Alexa skills for your existing services and platforms.
We at Pragmatic Voice and as your chosen Alexa Skill Development Company thoroughly understand your core service offerings and then develop corresponding Alexa skills. This is a key component in making sure your customers are benefited with this new model of accessibility.
Being in Alexa development solutions space from last 5 years, at Pragmatic Voice we understand the customer needs and guarantee smooth sailing for your service in this Alexa world!
Alexa Skills – Giving Voice to your Ideas
Alexa is a voice and an intelligent brain behind numerous Amazon AI devices like Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show. Amazon Alexa uses voice commands to find crucial reports and information for slicing and dicing the data according to the users command.
With our expertise in Alexa Skill development, IoT based devices and voice solution development, we have enhanced our ability over the years to meet the complex demands of our clients. Our exceptional new generation solutions empowered with voice-enabled commands provide a surprising user experience to consumers.
We utilize Alexa Skill Kit for teaching new skills to Alexa. You can access these skills by asking questions to Alexa or by making requests. We will help you in building skills for Alexa intended to provide different abilities to its users.
Growth of Amazon Alexa
We are witnessing an increase in the number of IoT devices having decorated sensors and Intelligence (AI). Hence making smoother human interactions with these IoT devices is the need of the hour. Mobile applications paved the way for interacting with the devices and services with their dynamic and flexible UI. This made interaction simple instead of pressing hard buttons and knobs on the devices.
However the field of “Conversational AI” is trying to push this mode of interaction further with an intention to make it more natural, like the way we speak to one another.
Alexa is the outcome of such efforts in Conversational AI field by Amazon. Alexa in simple terms is a personal assistant to which you can ask questions and get information. Alexa featured by default in Echo series of Speakers by Amazon, can take your questions and provide answers. It can play music from your favorite sources and can also place an order at a hotel for you.
What is Alexa Voice Service?
One of the interesting offerings of Amazon is that you can include all the power of Alexa with its Conversational AI ability in your own custom-built hardware devices like Radio or TV. If you are a Radio or a TV manufacturer, you can include Alexa inside your product so that customers can speak to your devices and interact.
You can also include the AVS within your own Mobile app so that your customers can now speak to your App and get their job done. The heavy lifting of understanding the user intent and processing natural language will all be done by Alexa behind the scenes sitting well inside your app.
Your search for alexa skill developers naturally should end at Pragmatic Voice, as we have a team of Alexa skill developers and Alexa voice service integrators. With the help of our team and associated partners, we can help your device for Alexa compliance and certification.
We, as the Alexa Skill Development Company of your choice are looking forward to engaging in this exciting space and always will be striving to keep our place among the top Alexa skill development company and Alexa voice service integrators.
Why choose Pragmatic Voice as an Alexa Skill Development Company
We are one of the most trusted cloud solutions providers and as an Alexa Skill Development Company, our solutions have been seen, piloted and used by numerous hotels, ecommerce companies and restaurants.
- We are an early starter in the Alexa skill development
- More than 6 years of IoT experience
- Ability to work with embedded teams to enable Alexa Smart Home skills
- Team with in-house ability to host and maintain Custom Skills
- Have live Alexa skills published for the customers
- Our team has experience in designing Voice User Interfaces
- Live Skills are published on Amazon Skills Store
- Our complete team works in-house
Our library of reusable components allows us to efficiently create software systems from existing software artifacts rather than building software systems from scratch. Our R&D team has developed numerous decoupled components exhibiting specific features that can be used across projects, thus improving overall software quality, reducing software development costs and time to market.
Pragmatic Voice, as the Alexa skill development company of your choice, has embraced a proven agile development methodology and DevOps deployment to reduce risk and deliver robust applications for our clients. Our DevOps process advocates thinking of the infrastructure as part of the application and allows for a more rapid and reliable software release cycles.
Cross Functional Teams
Our cross-functional teams include engineers with expertise in different aspects of SDLC, such as business analysts, UI/UX experts, developers, database engineers, testers, etc. who work in collaboration with each other to eliminate developmental hassles.
Proven experience in Alexa Skills Development
As an Alexa Skill development company we have developed Alexa skills for different use cases. like healthcare, hospitality, alexa for business, cooking, fitness, smart light etc., with our team of alexa skill developers.
What are Alexa Skills?
Alexa Skills are the Skills which works on all Alexa Enabled devices like Echo Dot, Amazon Echo, Echo Plus etc.
We develop custom Alexa Skills, exactly as you want for your business or for personal use.
Designing for voice is very different than that of screen like mobile or web. Our team has experience in VUI. We first start with designing voice dialog flow and do reassessment with you.
Pragmatic Voice’s Process of Developing an Alexa Skill
1] Explore: We start with direct discussion in depth about your goal, targeted users and we explore best voice design strategy.
2] Conversation Design: Based on first step, we start designing Dialog Flow/Conversation including intents, utterances and slots. In this we identify user types and write sample dialogues. Based on dialog flow, we start designing proper VUI and actual development of skills. We develop Skill with standard Amazon Console and Python/Node.js programming. For Backend we do as you prefer, with own server or AWS.
3] Development: We develop Skill with standard methods, for Alexa Skill development we do standard process given by Amazon and we use Amazon Developer Console and using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK). We can say, we do development natively for Alexa and do not use any Cross platform strategy. Development is done based on conversation design and while development also we provide daily updates and you can also completely get involved in the whole process and we check progress.
4] Testing- Deployment-Iteration: Then we go for testing with different user and our team tests with various according to various conditions. At this stage your skill is ready to publish! we can publish and analyse user’s feedback, we can discover what users like or dislike and we can do refinement process, again we can improve skill if required and can do iteration process.
In short, we follow engineering best practices and Agile principles to ensure quick turnaround & bug-free delivery of products
- Clearly defined user stories
- Sprint Planning
- Test driven development
- Daily scrum meetings
- Mid sprint and end sprint demos
- Scrum velocity optimization
- Weekly backlog review and planning
- Regular project management through Agile-centric project management software
We also leverage DevOps approach to automate, optimize and monitor project delivery pipeline & quality.
- Continuous integration, deployment and delivery
- Deployment automation via pipelines
- Continuous and iterative development
- Cloud native CI/CD
- Test automation (Unit, UI, Acceptance)
- Configuration management
- Infrastructure as a code
- Microservices architecture augmentation
- Application release automation
- Monitoring and feedback automation
Pragmatic Voice’s Alexa Skill Development Services
Custom Skill Development
Create natural and engaging voice experiences, with custom-built Alexa interaction models, using our expertise in Amazon Alexa skill development.
Mobile App Integration
Integrate Android or iOS apps with your Alexa-enabled device, to access Alexa Voice Services (AVS) and to add intelligent voice control to your mobile app.
Integration With ERP Systems
Enable voice-driven management of business operations that pulls live data from your ERP system, with the integration of Alexa skills.
Alexa Skill Testing
Ensure a bug-free delivery of Alexa skills, with our rigorous testing of skill functionality, including progressive responses, dialogs and entity resolution.
With the Amazon Alexa support for multiple languages and countries, we provide region-specific services to you for expanding your user base and potential customers.
Alexa App Development for Home Automation
Our prominent Alexa Skill Development services are committed to develop solutions for integrating smart home devices in your home with Amazon Alexa. We will also help you in integrating your existing home automation system with Alexa, to further extend the capability and functionality of your devices and make your home even more smarter.
Smart Office Automation
Alexa has proved its worth in multitasking and we will help you integrate it with bevy of corporate tools. Using Alexa Skills Kit, we will build your own context aware voice skills for both practical and business use cases. Our voice technology solutions will help you simplify myriad of tasks at your workplace.
Alexa Skills Kit (ASK)
Leveraging Amazon’s pioneering knowledge in the field of voice design, we use natural user interface to make Alexa smarter and smoothen user’s interaction with the device.
Alexa Voice Service (AVS)
We help you to integrate Alexa in your products taking advantage of the Alexa Voice SDK to create a device software for your device so that you can get to market faster.
The Smart Home Skill API
Cloud connected devices have become a reality and we ensure flawless control of these devices by developing skills for Alexa Voice Interactions that will make your home smarter.
Alexa Features Offered
The Alexa Voice Service API now supports Display Cards for Alexa-enabled products. The Display Cards feature enables screen-based product to show visual content to complement voice responses from Alexa.
Alexa Voice Service localization provides with language and region-specific services to expand audience and delight new customers. So, if a developer wants to build multilingual Alexa skills, now he can.
Natural Voice Control
Alexa Voice Service (AVS) is used along with automatic speech recognition (ASR) and natural language understanding (NLU) engines to add intelligent voice control to any connected product that has a microphone and speaker.
Custom skills from Alexa Skill Kit can be added to any device integrated with Alexa Voice Service. Now user can get their notification heard by asking “Alexa, What are my Notifications?”
Always Getting Smarter
By regular update of APIs, addition of custom skills in Alexa Skill Kit Alexa gets new capabilities to perform action.
Free, Easy Integration
Alexa Voice Service (AVS) is used to add intelligent voice control to any connected product that has a microphone and speaker. Best part is, it’s free.
The Alexa skills Kit is providing the various API services, tools, documentation and programming languages that make it fast and easy to add skills into Alexa.
Technologies that go into Alexa Voice Processing
NLP Natural Language Processing
Natural-language processing (NLP) is a field of computer science, artificial intelligence concerned with the interactions between computers and human (natural) languages, and, in particular, concerned with programming computers to fruitfully process large natural language data.
AI is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. These processes include learning (the acquisition of information and rules for using the information), reasoning (using the rules to reach approximate or definite conclusions), and self-correction.
Web services use REST architecture, they are called RESTful APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) or REST APIs. REST architecture involves reading a designated Web page that contains an XML file. The XML file describes and includes the desired content.
Machine learning is used with Alexa starting from speech recognition, wake-word detection, knowledge extraction to the synthesis of spoken language.
Python is a high-level programming language, it abstracts many sophisticated details from the programming code. Python focuses so much on this abstraction that its code can be understood by most novice programmers.
Hire our Alexa Skills Developer
Alexa skill development can help your business to achieve success milestones. Only the one thing you need to do is choosing the right Alexa Skills Development Company. We at Pragmatic Voice, have Alexa skilled developers with expertise in IoT devices and Mobile App Development services. If you are looking for Amazon Alexa Skills Developer, then your search ends here. Hire Alexa Skill developers from Pragmatic Voice and take the next step towards voice-enabled business services.
Finally, Why Choose Amazon Alexa Voice Service over others?
Cloud based Intelligence
The Echo is based on Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, Alexa, which can hear, comprehend and resolve any question or command. The speaker is always listening, and it’s activated when the user says the name, Alexa. The use of AVS simplifies building voice-enabled products by handling complex Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and Natural Language Understanding (NLU) processed in the cloud.
Developers build APIs to make Alexa more capable to perform an action by adding them into Alexa Skills Kit for core functionality such as speech reorganization and synthesis, audio playback, and other Alexa capabilities like alarms, calendars.
Reach more Customers
Engage with your customers through voice on devices with Alexa including Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and all devices powered by the Alexa Voice Service. Alexa-enabled products deliver consistent voice experiences across categories and use cases. When you integrate with AVS, your product becomes part of a growing collection of devices, services, and skills, attracting new customers looking for technology that works with the Alexa family.
Alexa App for HR Department
Pragmatic Voice developed an application for the HR department, using Amazon Alexa Skills, to improve employee experience. See how it showcased Alexa app development capabilities to answer employee HR related queries in real-time.
Integrated Alexa App for an eCommerce Store
Pragmatic Voice integrated an eCommerce store with Amazon Alexa to obtain real-time store information about orders, inventory, store performance, delivery deadlines and much more with just a voice command.
How Alexa Skills are beneficial for your business
- With Alexa, you get the flexibility to create multiple solutions for home and business.
- You can control smart devices at your home and in your office with voice commands
- Alexa apps offers awesome e-commerce shopping experience
- Introduction of Alexa in gaming makes them more interactive
- You are able to create company Wiki
- Alexa can be used to automate retirement homes for better care
- Alexa doubles up as an efficient emergency assistant
In case you want to get Alexa Skill developed for your business, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org . One of our voice experts will revert within 1-2 business days to understand your requirements.