Arria NLG (www.arria.com), the global provider of Natural Language Generation (NLG) technology named a world leader by Gartner, has announced the release of Arria Connect, a software development kit (SDK) accelerator which allows companies to embed Arria’s natural language technology into their business intelligence dashboards, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platforms and other solutions.
NLG is a form of artificial intelligence that automatically extracts comprehensive insights from complex data sources and dynamically communicates that information in written or spoken form. With NLG, the insights contained within your data are instantly discovered, analyzed and communicated in natural language (in real time)—resulting in improved decision-making.
The release of Arria Connect is the latest milestone development for Arria, which is building out its technology suite for a broad range of use cases.
Arria Connect puts the integration capabilities directly into the hands of developers who want to build NLG into their own Business Intelligence (BI) tool, analytics application, website, or process-automation workflow. The Arria NLG Studio platform, the company’s core technology, is purpose-built to enable integrations that help companies easily implement NLG for their spreadsheets, business intelligence dashboards, voice/chat conversations, and RPA workflows.
Actionable Insights in Seconds
According to Gartner, by 2025, data stories will be the most widespread way of consuming analytics, and 75 percent of stories will be automatically generated using augmented analytics techniques. NLG the reach and value of data analytics by augmenting business intelligence platforms with natural language generation technology for data storytelling.
While undeniably valuable, visualizations do not convey the full story of an enterprise’s financial and other information contained in underlying structured data sets. NLG augments visualizations with dynamic, actionable intelligence. The combination of interactive data visualization with written and/or spoken narratives deliver insights in a compelling, easily understood form for presentation to a broad base of decision makers.
Incorporating data-driven narratives alongside visual analytics adds immediate value and an enhanced experience, which encourages broader adoption of BI across the enterprise. The average person, not just financial analysts, can understand and draw meaning from numbers through the assistance of the narrative. And, when speed to information is critical for decision making, the efficiencies of NLG provide actionable insights in seconds rather than hours or days.
Users of BI software have already witnessed the benefits that written natural-language analysis brings to their dashboards. This is because humans understand best through stories. When dashboard viewers can read the story their data is telling, in addition to seeing the visualizations, it’s faster and easier to grasp the meaning and find the most important insights tucked away in the data. With Arria Connect, developers have the freedom and flexibility to customize and augment their own products with NLG integrations that deliver data-driven narratives that provide access to actionable intelligence.
Seamlessly Connects to Other API-based Platforms
Arria’s open API-based architecture allows for a seamless connection to other technology platforms in two ways: 1) make a direct API call from any application that can communicate via HTTP; data is ingested and narrative is automatically returned; or, 2) use the Arria Connect Integration Accelerator Kit to embed NLG inside software platforms for incorporating narrative. Users also have the ability to work with Arria’s prebuilt NLG solutions and configure them.
Sharon Daniels, Arria CEO, explains, “Arria Connect is a way for companies to add immediate value and differentiate themselves from their competitors, increase their user base, and stay ahead of the technology curve.” The Integration Accelerator Kit speeds up the development work and time to market. You don’t have to build a team of people and go through the learning curve of building an NLG system — the technology is already built, proven, and deployed globally.”
Developers with no NLG experience can leverage Arria Connect’s prebuilt libraries for easy integration rather than building from scratch. In addition to Arria’s prebuilt NLG solutions, Arria Connect also comes with a sample NLG implementation, sample code, and a complete documentation set.