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Distributor's Link Magazine Spring 2019 / Vol 42 No2

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10 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK Joe Dysart Joe Dysart is an Internet speaker and business consultant based in Thousand Oaks, California. A journalist for 20 years, his articles have appeared in more than 40 publications, including The New York Times and The Financial Times of London. During the past decade, his work has focused exclusively on ecommerce. Telephone: 631-256-6602; web: www.joedysart.com; email: joe@joedysart.com. NEW PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS FOR FASTENER DISTRIBUTORS: COURTESY AI While artificial intelligence is increasingly being applied on a massive scale to alter the very nature of how the world works, it turns out AI is also very good at making everyday drudgery disappear for fastener distributors. Productivity apps powered by AI are emerging, for example, that will help you come up with snappier and more personalized emails, transcribe all your phone calls into searchable text or find just the right photo that goes with the color scheme you’re using for your presentation. And while most of us are wellacquainted with everyday apps designed to help us work more efficiently, the best of the new incarnations powered by AI have been programmed to learn over time and become ever-smarter at the everyday tasks they’re handling for you. The latest search tool for Microsoft Office, for example, goes far beyond searching for things that you’re looking for and actually gets to know how you work. The idea: The better the program ‘knows’ you, the better search results it can bring back to you. “Based on the user’s work patterns, the new search tool makes suggestions on content you may be looking for, actions you can take, and people you might want to SOME AI APPS ENABLE YOU TO AUTO- TRANSCRIBE A PHONE CONVERSATION TO TEXT. (ROYALTY FREE IMAGE SOURCED AT PEXELS (WWW.PEXELS.COM/PHOTO/WOMAN-CALLING-YOUNG-HAPPY-41541) connect with -- all made to happen using machine learning and Microsoft artificial intelligence,” says Jon Friedman, chief designer, Microsoft Office. In a phrase, scores of productivity tools are currently being completely remade by AI. It’s a great time for fastener distributors to take a look at what’s out there, and where the software category is headed. Here’s a Representative Sampling of AI Apps: ¤ Personalize You Emails With an AI Web Crawler: Aizimov (www.aizimov.com) adds a personal touch to your emails by auto-crawling the Web for interesting insights on the people your do business with. “All you have to put in are four things: first name, last name, email, and company,” says Jerome Devosse, Aizimov’s CEO. After that, the software searches Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networks to bring back insights about your contacts, including their likes, dislikes and passions. “If the guy, for example, has done a marathon, I may finish the email by saying, “By the way, I also did a marathon in Rome, here’s my time -- how do we compare?” to get their attention,” Devosse says. CONTRIBUTOR ARTICLE CONTINUED ON PAGE 100

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