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Practical Guide to Azure Cognitive Services

By : Chris Seferlis, Christopher Nellis, Andy Roberts
Book Image

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)
1
Part 1: Ocean Smart – an AI Success Story
5
Part 2: Deploying Next-Generation Knowledge Mining Solutions with Azure Cognitive Search
10
Part 3: Other Cognitive Services That Will Help Your Company Optimize Operations

Exploring the AP process at Ocean Smart

When the team from Ocean Smart began exploring inefficient processes in their organization, they quickly determined that the accounts payable (AP) process could be improved with some automation. By streamlining and automating the AP process, Ocean Smart can reduce the number of errors made by AP staff. The reductions are made because they can eliminate the possibility of transposing or inaccurately entering information in their enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. The following provides a flowchart of the process for paying vendor invoices, then a written description of the process:

Figure 8.1 – AP process flowchart

Figure 8.1 – AP process flowchart

  1. The invoice from the vendor is received by mail, fax, or email and submitted to the AP team for processing.

There are no guarantees that an invoice makes it to the AP team, however, because there are no validation steps confirming receipt. Even if the invoice is submitted by email...