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Espressive Barista, AI-Based Virtual Support Agent, Receives Bronze Stevie Award® in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Solution Category

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 20, 2020 Espressive, a pioneer in artificial intelligence (AI) for enterprise service management (ESM), today announced that Espressive Barista, the company’s AI-based virtual support agent (VSA), was recognized as a Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Solution category by The 18th Annual American Business Awards®. Barista uses advanced AI to automate the resolution of employee questions, issues, and requests with personalized experiences that result in employee adoption of 80 to 85% and reduced help desk call volume of 40 to 60%.

The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. This year, over 3,600 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration. More than 230 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

“Since the COVID-19 work from home mandates went into effect a few months ago, help desk automation has gone from a ‘nice to have’ to an imperative for organizations to stay productive,” said Pat Calhoun, CEO and founder of Espressive. “We understand the urgency and demand for an AI-based virtual support agent capable of handling the speed and resiliency needed for today’s evolving workplace. We’re honored to be recognized as a Bronze winner in this year’s Stevie Awards and are pleased that the judges recognized Barista as a solution that addresses this challenge.”

Barista’s powerful NLP engine eliminates the need for in-house AI talent and is built on a modern architecture to scale on demand to the largest organizations. The advanced Barista Employee Language Cloud enables Barista to understand 750M phrases on the first day of implementation, and this grows daily through a crowd-sourced architecture. The ELC also includes researched content for common applications (i.e., Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Slack, etc.), maximizing call deflection with little effort. Further, Barista enables customers to leverage their existing knowledge, as well as empower non-technical subject matter experts across the organization to easily add and edit content, enabling fast time-to-value. Unlike other VSA solutions, Espressive designed a unique NLP technology built upon an image recognition architecture, which enables Barista to understand the true meaning behind a phrase.

“Despite the toughest business conditions in memory, American organizations continue to demonstrate their commitment to innovation, creativity, and bottom-line results,” said Stevie Awards president Maggie Gallagher. “This year’s Stevie-winning nominations are full of inspiring stories of persistence, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and compassion. We celebrate all of their stories and look forward to showcasing them during our virtual awards ceremony on August 5.”

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be virtually presented to winners during a live event on Wednesday, August 5. Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2020 Stevie winners are available at

About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

Sponsors of The 2020 American Business Awards include John Hancock Financial Services, Melissa Sones Consulting, and SoftPro.

About Espressive

Espressive, the pioneer in automating digital workplace assistance, and a 2022 Forrester New Wave Leader, redefines how employees get help by delivering exceptional employee experiences. Barista, the company’s virtual support agent (VSA), brings the ease of consumer virtual assistants, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home, into the workplace. Barista automates resolution of employee questions, issues, and requests with personalized experiences that result in employee adoption of 80 to 85% and reduced help desk call volume of 50% to 70%. Espressive is backed by Insight Partners, General Catalyst, and Wing Venture Capital, and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Visit for more information.

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