Amazon launched Alexa for Business in 2017 to help enterprises in deploying and centrally managing the voice-activated assistant on a network, with support for a wide range of Amazon's smart speakers.
Now, the company has enabled Alexa for Business integration with third-party devices, allowing the hugely popular voice assistant to be embedded into a range of office equipment from other smart device manufacturers.
According to Amazon, device makers building with Alexa Voice Service (AVS) can now integrate their products with Alexa for Business, and customers can then manage these third party devices as shared devices and make private skills available through their Alexa for Business console.
The move is intended to provide Alexa for Business customers with an expanded choice of Alexa built-in devices to use in their organizations - from conference rooms to shared workspaces.
While AVS makes it easier for device makers to develop products with Alexa built-in, smart device manufacturers can add Alexa interface to their products and offer customers access to a growing number of Alexa features and skills.
Albeit, Amazon is "relatively a newcomer" to the enterprise vertical, with products such as Alexa for Business and Chime video-conferencing tools now spearheading its onslaught into the business front.
Alexa for Business will efficiently introduce Alexa to organizations and will provide customers the tools to manage Alexa devices, users, and skills at scale.