Analytics firm Sisense has brought its business intelligence platform to chat bots, allowing customers to ask natural-language questions about their data while in Slack, Skype, Facebook Messenger or Telegram.

“It lets you use [those interfaces] to literally interact with your data in a ‘human-being’ method — not SQL but English,” CEO Amir Orad said in a phone interview.

For example, Orad said, a business user could log into Skype and ask, “What is my current revenue number this quarter?” The user could follow up with questions about growth in the last few quarters, and the bot would return a chart and then insights such as “Unlike Q1 and Q2, in the current quarter revenue growth has slowed.”

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