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SmartSimple Launched SmartSimple Cloud + AI to Streamline CSR and ESG Program Management

SmartSimple Launched SmartSimple Cloud + AI to Streamline CSR

On March 9, 2023, SmartSimple Software has announced the launch of its SmartSimple Cloud + AI product, which provides end-to-end AI support for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) program management. The product is designed to help organizations automate their ESG and CSR programs, making it easier to track progress, measure impact, and report on results. With SmartSimple Cloud +AI, companies can leverage the power of AI to improve their sustainability efforts and drive positive social and environmental change.

Users can talk to AI through the SmartSimple Cloud user interface. This is possible because the product's text completion is powered by AI. It adds to and improves data in real time, does accurate and automatic text summarization, and makes it possible for large-scale, personalized communication.

Mike Reid, SmartSimple Software’s co-founder and COO, said, "We believe that the advent of the AIs will release a torrent of innovation such as the world has rarely seen." He also said, "By integrating the AIs into our platform, SmartSimple Cloud, and integrating them early, we will unleash this power to our clients in support of their missions."

(Source - PRNewswire)

SmartSimple Cloud + AI leverages advanced AI using large language models and is now available for preview through the SmartSimple Cloud Marketplace. Companies can use this technology to look at a lot of data and find patterns that can help them make better decisions about their sustainability efforts. Also, the AI-powered text completion feature can help speed up communication and cut down on mistakes, making sustainability efforts more efficient and effective in the long run.

About SmartSimple

SmartSimple is a leading cloud-based automation and collaboration software provider with a 20-year history. It works with more than 500 clients in 192 countries. Its clients include large foundations that give out grants, Fortune 500 companies, research and higher education institutions, and governments. SmartSimple is dedicated to making its clients' processes better and achieving its mission of providing cutting-edge technology to help businesses deal with tough problems.

As a company that is owned and run by its employees, SmartSimple is responsible and committed to giving its customers the best products and services possible. Its goal is to be the world's leading expert in process solutions, and it has become a leader in the field by offering customized solutions and putting security and compliance first. SmartSimple holds SOC 1, SOC 2, and ISO 27001 accreditations and adheres to the industry's highest security standards.

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PR Newswire | January 03, 2024

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ScaleOps | December 20, 2023

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