The hardest part about implementing APU in a company is…to choose a name

In December 2020, when we enabled companies to call their virtual assistant by a name of their choice, we had no idea how important this was.

APU is not a name

APU is an abbreviation. It has more meanings, including our Accelerated Processing Unit.

APU is high-performance and reliable, a totally invisible support for both users and managers.

In short, everyone knows that “the AI is somewhere inside” but no one can imagine it.

We would like to see teams welcoming the new virtual colleague as naturally as they do the “live” one.

We would like them to cooperate better.

So the usual phrases such as “Leave it up to APU”, “Don’t worry, APU will handle it”, “You have to tell APU”, “Does APU know about it?” and many more we know from our own experience, did not sound like something out of a sci-fi movie.

It worked perfectly, and so we continue “promoting” our virtual assistant more. Soon, it will be possible for companies to give their assistant a face of their choice, and gradually its abilities can also be expressed via voice communication.

Since each company needs only one APU, its name is being discussed a lot. Apparently, the discussions take much more time than assigning projects and tasks. Eventually, a consensus is always reached. After all, you can change a name at any time.

APU helps, organizes your work, handles reporting and eliminates chaos – that’s why its name is pleasant and positive in the vast majority of cases.

After three months, we took a look at the statistics and here we are offering you the first short excursion.

Most common names

Most virtual assistants with a name other than APU operate in the Czech Republic at the moment. The most popular names among the female assistants are Anička and Anna. But we also found the following names on the list: Angel, Eliška, Božena, Gabriela, Ellen, APUžena (APUwoman), Kačaba, Kočka, Slípka or Roštěnka. Among the male assistants there are names like Antonín (Tonda), Franta and Honza, less common ones include Sirius or Lorem Ipsum (it could be an assistant from a creative agency).

Czech users are not fans of film characters much. Abroad, however, we bumped into names like, for example, Mr. Yoda, Gandalf, Leia, Katniss, Iria, Bridget, Don Vito, Groot, Houston etc.

Virtual Men and Women: Who leads Where?

Overall, there are 56% of virtual female assistants and 44% of virtual male assistants according to statistics.

Some noticeable differences can be found in individual countries.

  • Spaniards achieve a perfect “equality” – 50% of female assistants and 50% of male assistants work for them.
  • Followed by Germany with 52% of virtual female assistants and 48% male assistants.
  • French users prefer 56% of female assistants and 44% of virtual male assistants.
  • American users work with 57% of female assistants and 43% of male assistants.
  • In Czech companies you can find 58% female robots and 42% of male assistants.
  • Great Britain and the Netherlands virtually employ 60% of our female assistants and 40% of male assistants.
  • There are even more female assistants in Slovakia – 64% compared to 36% of male assistants. Almost identical ratio was recorded in Russia.
  • We discovered quite an interesting fact in India. Local users definitely prefer female assistants.

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