Zendesk’s Ultimate Acquisition


Zendesk announced it will acquire Ultimate.

“AI is the future of CX and the next generation of AI agents are not just a tool, but a necessary and fundamental shift in how businesses will engage with their customers,” said Tom Eggemeier, CEO of Zendesk. “With Ultimate, we will help our customers set a new standard, with AI agents giving customers the support they need quickly and effortlessly. This means human agents can focus on what they do best: building relationships, resolving complex challenges, and applying innovation and creativity to move businesses forward.”

“Our mission has always been to help businesses use AI to deliver joyful support experiences. We’ve seen 99 percent of CX organizations who adopt AI shift permanently to a hybrid human and AI agent approach,” said Reetu Kainulainen, CEO and co-founder of Ultimate. “As part of Zendesk, we now have the scale to drive this transformation for every business.”

Ultimate’s AI agents automate up to 80 percent of support requests.

“In the era of AI, the challenge of delivering exceptional customer service has never been more demanding. It’s not just about streamlining operations or leveraging new technology; it’s about redefining excellence in customer service,” said Kelsey Hales, senior Zendesk lead at Taskrabbit. “With Zendesk and Ultimate, we will not only meet but exceed our customers’ expectations, all while keeping an eye on efficiency and cost-effectiveness.”

“Traditional chatbots are great in meeting basic CX needs. AI agents can be smarter, more reliable and provide precision support,” said Daniel Newman, CEO of The Futurum Group. “With Ultimate, Zendesk is well positioned to offer AI agents that can tackle sophisticated and complex service use cases, helping resolve customer issues with personalization, speed and dynamic responsiveness.”


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