JLL selects Google Cloud for AI capabilities to power the groundbreaking workplace platform
SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, 2019 – JLL today introduced JiLLTM, an AI-powered, conversational smartphone app that can help employees streamline their work and be more productive. Users can use voice or text to converse with the app and simplify time-consuming daily tasks such as setting up meetings, locating colleagues, looking up lunch menus or shuttle schedules, filing service requests or finding a desk or conference room.
While tens of millions of consumers benefit from smart speakers and smartphone assistants at home and on the go, this category of virtual enterprise assistants is largely missing in the workplace. With JiLL, enterprises can empower their workforces by providing everyone an enterprise admin in their pocket. Users can complete everyday office tasks the same way they use voice interfaces at home. Examples include: “Hey JiLL, book a weekly meeting with my team,” or “Hey JiLL, find me an open desk on the third floor this afternoon.”
“Consumers feel empowered in centrally managing their digital experiences at home and on the go. However, at work, simple tasks are siloed and can be frustrating,” said Vinay Goel, Chief Digital Product Officer, JLL. “JiLL leverages JLL’s vast datasets about buildings, user interactions and transactions with physical spaces to provide a personalized and intelligent conversational interface that matches employees’ consumer experiences. Over time, we expect JiLL to become an essential platform for hundreds of skills that help employees improve their daily productivity.”
JiLL is being piloted by clients this summer and will be generally available later this year to US customers.
“We understand that our success is linked to attracting and retaining talent,” said Jim Pazzaglia, Director-Global Business Services P&G, which plans to pilot JiLL in the coming months. “Providing digital technologies that reduce employee friction points and resemble the functionality our employees are accustomed to using outside of work helps grow our organizational productivity.”
JiLL is the first product launched by JLL Labs, JLL’s in-house, global network of software engineers and product experts developing innovative and commercially strategic proptech products. JLL Labs is another example of the company’s commitment to technology leadership and complements its investments in the broader proptech industry through the JLL Spark Global Venture Fund.
JiLL was developed in the JLL Labs Silicon Valley hub in Menlo Park, California. JiLL uses proprietary data and insights from JLL’s experience with clients and physical spaces, and combines them with Google Cloud Solutions technology, including Google Cloud Platform, Dialogflow and Kubernetes containers.
“There is a tremendous appetite from the world’s enterprises to adopt AI capabilities in all parts of their businesses,” said Rob Enslin, President at Google Cloud. “It’s exciting to see businesses with rich histories like JLL developing new ways to bring AI to the market. We’re delighted that JLL has selected Google Cloud’s expertise and knowledge in AI to develop JiLL and we look forward to partnering to drive digital transformation both within JLL and their expansive customer base.”
“Employees want their 9-5 to look like their 5-9,” said Brian Kropp, Group Vice President, Gartner HR practice. “And their 5-9 lives are full of seamless, effortless experiences, largely enabled by digital technologies…Gartner research shows 67% of business leaders say [companies] will no longer be competitive if they don’t become significantly more digitalized by 2020.” Smarter with Gartner, Improve Employee Experience With Consumer-Centric HR, Jackie Wiles, October 29, 2018 https://www.gartner.com/smarterwithgartner/improve-employee-experience-with-consumer-centric-hr/.
“Companies will benefit from out-of-the box plug and play connectivity across enterprise systems and apps like calendars, room booking systems, service request systems, and facilities occupancy sensors and utilization management systems,” said JLL’s Goel. “They can onboard users, specify organizational parameters and policies and be up and running quickly. As JiLL acquires new abilities, enterprises can automatically benefit. We expect to continuously add new skills to the app and open the platform to third-party capabilities as well.”
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. Our vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rewarding opportunities and amazing spaces where people can achieve their ambitions. In doing so, we will build a better tomorrow for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.3 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of over 91,000 as of March 31, 2019. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit jll.com.