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Practical Guide to Azure Cognitive Services

By : Chris Seferlis, Christopher Nellis, Andy Roberts
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Practical Guide to Azure Cognitive Services

By: Chris Seferlis, Christopher Nellis, Andy Roberts

Overview of this book

Azure Cognitive Services and OpenAI are a set of pre-built artificial intelligence (AI) solution APIs that can be leveraged from existing applications, allowing customers to take advantage of Microsoft’s award-winning Vision, Speech, Text, Decision, and GPT-4 AI capabilities. With Practical Guide to Azure Cognitive Services, you’ll work through industry-specific examples of implementations to get a head-start in your production journey. You’ll begin with an overview of the categorization of Azure Cognitive Services and the benefits of embracing AI solutions for practical business applications. After that, you’ll explore the benefits of using Azure Cognitive Services to optimize efficiency and improve predictive capabilities. Then, you’ll learn how to leverage Vision capabilities for quality control, Form Recognizer to streamline supply chain nuances, language understanding to improve customer service, and Cognitive Search for next-generation knowledge-mining solutions. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to implement various Cognitive Services solutions that will help you enhance efficiency, reduce costs, and improve the customer experience at your organization. You’ll also be well equipped to automate mundane tasks by reaping the full potential of OpenAI.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Part 1: Ocean Smart – an AI Success Story
Part 2: Deploying Next-Generation Knowledge Mining Solutions with Azure Cognitive Search
Part 3: Other Cognitive Services That Will Help Your Company Optimize Operations

Decluttering Paperwork with Form Recognizer

When we strategize about opportunities for reducing wasted effort and time in businesses, we do not get very far before landing on the vaunted paper shuffle. Inefficient processes live and breathe within the paperwork shuffle at every organization around the world. Certainly, organizations work on ways to minimize these inefficiencies, but even when we think we've got them cleaned up and optimized, more inefficiencies pop up. I would not suggest that any department is better or worse than another, and countless workflow and approval systems have been developed over the years, but the challenge persists. This is certainly the case in the example of Ocean Smart, where, as with any organization, there are constant challenges with processing paperwork. With that in mind, in this chapter, we are going to use a couple of examples where we have come across some of the more common areas where these inefficiencies exist.

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