Essentials of Cloud Contact Centers

Noble Systems

In a previous blog , we outlined advantages of moving a customer experience platform to the cloud. Ultimately, your unique business needs will determine what is included in your cloud contact center system.

Cloud Contact Center: Customer Centricity with Great Agility & Less Cost

Aspect

Cloud computing has been hyped in the media and in IT circles for almost a decade now. So I don’t need to cover what cloud computing is or what the benefits of cloud computing are. It’s been covered, and perhaps ad nauseum for some readers.

Cloud Contact Centers ~ Revolutionizing Customer Experience

OctopusTech

Cloud Contact centers have been gaining popularity recently. The reason being simple enough, as the times are changing so is the need to change the way we are used to looking at call centers till now. b) Private Clouding. c) Hybrid Clouding.

WFM – Your First Step to a Cloud Contact Center

Aspect

Marc Benioff, Founder, CEO, and Chairman of Salesforce said it best, “ If someone asks me what cloud computing is, I try not to get bogged down with definitions. I tell them that, simply put, cloud computing is a better way to run your business.”

New Survey Reveals Shifting Cloud Contact Center Preferences

Aspect

If Ben Franklin were alive today, his famous quote would read something like this, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes and cloud software.” The argument for cloud software is compelling by itself, but why WFM in particular?

Appriss Tackles the World’s Toughest Problems Upgrading to Cloud Contact Center Technology

NICE inContact

The contact center plays a critical role in supporting these efforts: approximately 55 Appriss agents handle more than 30,000 calls monthly, working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. But with the company’s old internal call center solution, fluctuating call volumes weren’t being identified or managed. Then Appriss moved to cloud CX platform and solutions. The contact center takes more calls than a year ago, even with two fewer agents.

Contact Center Benchmarks Provide Continuous Improvements

NICE inContact

That you’re taking the right steps towards improvement in the contact center and beyond? Contact center benchmarks , that’s how. The post Contact Center Benchmarks Provide Continuous Improvements appeared first on NICE inContact Blog.

Contact Center Benchmarks Provide Continuous Improvements

NICE inContact

That you’re taking the right steps towards improvement in the contact center and beyond? Contact center benchmarks , that’s how. In just one hour, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of contact center benchmarks and “the continuous improvement cycle”—a six-step methodology that gets real results so your company can: Compare to competition Pinpoint performance gaps Identify improvement initiatives Enhance enterprise value.

Managing Gen-Z and Millennials in the Contact Center

NICE inContact

Gen-Z was born between 1996 and 2010, with the oldest workers of the era being 23 years of age, and prime entry-level job candidates in your contact center. To cater to both generations, you need to provide up-to-date communication solutions in your contact center.

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Today’s Contact Center

NICE inContact

Think adding artificial intelligence (AI) to your contact center means dramatic technology shifts? So, what might you consider as you integrate artificial intelligence into your contact center? How does a contact center meet these demands?

Cloud Contact Center Solutions Improve Relationships between Business and IT

DMG

Cloud Contact Center Solutions Improve Relationships between Business and IT. The purpose of this blog post is to debunk the myth that IT resources are not needed when contact center infrastructure solutions – automatic call distributors (ACDs), dialers, interactive voice response systems (IVRs)/intelligent virtual assistants (IVAs) –move to the cloud. IT is needed regardless of whether a contact center solution is on-premise or in the cloud.

Workforce Management Basics in Today’s Contact Center: Part 2

NICE inContact

In Part One of this two-part series, we sought to demystify the forecasting and scheduling components of contact center workforce management. RTA is one of the most underrated metrics in the contact center, but undoubtedly one of the most important.

Your Contact Center in the Cloud

Blueworx

What does moving your Contact Center to the cloud mean to the customer? Calling into a contact center is never a favorite task of anyone. The post Your Contact Center in the Cloud appeared first on Blueworx. Blog Call Routing Cloud Contact CenterAre there benefits? We know […].

Get Your Contact Center Ready for the Modern Age

NICE inContact

This is also true for call center systems. How well does your system support modern call center requirements like omnichannel , digital channels , workforce management and more? How does all this impact your call center? Why go “cloud” or stay with an on-premises system?

Swedish Rail Unifies Contact Center Operations with Cloud

NICE inContact

In the course of planning and traveling, customers contact Swedish Rail for a variety of reasons, from checking on delayed trains to disturbances on the tracks—volume that rises considerably during bad weather and vacations. About 800,000 of these interactions are handled each year by Swedish Rail’s 200 advisors, working from two contact center locations about 100 kilometers apart. But physical distance wasn’t the only thing separating the two contact center locations.

Managing Gen-Z and Millennials in the Contact Center

NICE inContact

Gen-Z was born between 1996 and 2010, with the oldest workers of the era being 23 years of age, and prime entry-level job candidates in your contact center. To cater to both generations, you need to provide up-to-date communication solutions in your contact center.

Guest Blog: The Rise of Chatbots in Customer Experience

ShepHyken

These virtual customer experience tools are transforming the way that companies interact with their customers in the contact center environment. Initially, chatbots were little more than a method deployed to take some of the weight off contact centers and their agents.

Boost Growth and Lower Costs with AI and Cloud Contact Center Solutions

NICE inContact

Today, contact center leaders who embrace the cloud are quick to see its benefits – powering engaging customer experiences while positively impacting business outcomes. When TechStyle opted for a unified cloud platform, the walls between the teams were broken.

Consumer Demands are Changing Faster than Ever. Is your Contact Center Keeping Up?

NICE inContact

In light of fast-changing customer demands, is your contact center keeping up? But steep competition, plus the dozens of service channels available, means customer service leaders must continuously monitor and improve customer experience, strengthening contact center operations to meet the speed, personalization and convenience consumers desire. Hear about actual contact center transformations and best practices, too. Is your Contact Center Keeping Up?

Consumer Demands are Changing Faster than Ever. Is your Contact Center Keeping Up?

NICE inContact

In light of fast-changing customer demands, is your contact center keeping up? As contact center leaders, we need to focus on ensuring customers and agents have the technology and tools to deliver seamless omnichannel service. Is your Contact Center Keeping Up?

Workforce Management Basics in Today’s Contact Center: Part 2

NICE inContact

In Part One of this two-part series, we sought to demystify the forecasting and scheduling components of contact center workforce management. In most contact centers, this remains a manual task, but more and more contact centers are exploring the use of employee engagement tools that automatically recommend and enact schedule adjustments, automatically engaging the right agents with offers for additional shift opportunities or offers for time off.

NICE inContact Ranks Highest in Overall Execution in Ovum 2017 Decision Matrix for Cloud Contact Center Solution

NICE inContact

Just over 12 months ago, NICE Systems acquired inContact (now NICE inContact) bringing together the perennial industry leader in Workforce Optimization (WFO) and Analytics and the longest standing cloud contact center provider in the world.

Guest Blog: The Customer Experience’s Impact on Customer Churn

ShepHyken

While Director of Contact Center Solutions at Voice Data Systems (VDS) is his role, and improving both the customer and agent experience through cloud contact center solutions is his expertise, Nick is also a volunteer co-membership chair at SOCAP Ohio and volunteer chair at CXPA, Columbus.

Get Your Contact Center Ready for the Modern Age

NICE inContact

This is also true for call center systems. How well does your system support modern call center requirements like omnichannel , digital channels , workforce management and more? How does all this impact your call center? Modernizing your contact center software may seem like a big job. Why go “cloud” or stay with an on-premises system? Should I buy a dedicated contact center solution or a hybrid UCaaS (phone) solution?

Workforce Management (WFM) – Using Historical Data for Contact Center Forecasting

NICE inContact

Forecasting is a critical component of a call center’s workforce management program. However, one critical component is the accuracy and reliability of the historical contact volume data from which your forecast is generated. The reality is that sometimes you just don’t have great historical data, especially in the case of young contact centers, or those that are just newly implementing contact routing or workforce management software.

Building for the Future – Cloud Contact Center Solutions Offer Flexibility, Scalability and Omnichannel

NICE inContact

Building for the Future: CX in the Cloud is packed with real world lessons learned from a panel of seasoned contact center experts. What better way to learn about the benefits of moving contact center technology to the cloud than from the companies employing these solutions. Companies like TechStyle benefit from the flexibility offered by cloud-based solutions. “You have to constantly reinforce the cloud-based solution.”

Workforce Management (WFM) – Using Historical Data for Contact Center Forecasting

NICE inContact

Forecasting is a critical component of a call center’s workforce management program. However, one critical component is the accuracy and reliability of the historical contact volume data from which your forecast is generated. The reality is that sometimes you just don’t have great historical data, especially in the case of young contact centers, or those that are just newly implementing contact routing or workforce management software.

DentalPlans.com Performance Soars with Workforce Management in its Contact Center

NICE inContact

The company’s 110-agent contact center is a driving force in the company’s success, accounting for $17-$18 million of the company’s annual revenue. The contact center operation now operates seamlessly on the CXone platform from three locations—Plantation, FL, Las Cruces, NM and Santiago, Dominican Republic. Before teaming up with NICE inContact and CXone, however, the contact center operation didn’t always run like a well-oiled machine.

Top 3 Benefits and Best Practices of Contact Center Modernization

West

Unfortunately, your contact center isn’t one of them, and if you haven’t replaced or upgraded your solutions recently, there’s a good chance your customers have noticed. In that case, it’s probably time for a little contact center modernization.

Enterprise Contact Center Software Buyer’s Guide: Recommendations from Gartner

NICE inContact

It is time to modernize your contact center. But it may have been five years or more since you last evaluated technology options or vendors for call center software. Join the webinar, Up Your CX Game: Buyers Guide for Moving to a Cloud Contact Center , for guidance on managing the entire contact center software evaluation cycle, from building a consensus on priorities internally to evaluating your options to negotiating and selecting new partner.

How to Cash in on Contact Center Failures

NICE inContact

If you’ve manage an aging contact center, then you’ve probably identified several inefficiencies which limit your success. Maybe its call volumes that exceed contact center capacity. Whatever the reason, when troubles reduce the contact center to nothing more than a tightly managed expense, it becomes very difficult to ask for improvements. These savings can then be applied to contact center improvements.

How VOC Analytics Improves Contact Center Performance

CX Accelerator

Contact centers are big on analytics. For example, when VOC survey data is added to the call center KPI dashboard, it can be analyzed alongside internal KPIs and QM scores. Back To CX Accelerator Blog

Get Your Contact Center Mojo Workin’

Aspect

Just a month and a half ago, Aspect president Chris Koziol made an unconventional proclamation to the Aspect Customer Experience event in Las Vegas: The contact center has got its mojo back. To wit, a contact center viewed as a cost center does not have its mojo back.

Modernize Your Contact Center – Move to the Cloud

Waterfield Technologies

What does moving your Contact Center to the cloud mean to the customer? Calling into a contact center is never a favorite task of anyone. The post Modernize Your Contact Center – Move to the Cloud appeared first on Waterfield Technologies. Blog Cloud Contact CenterAre there benefits? We know […].

The Hybrid Customer Contact Center

USAN

Today, contact center leaders still have a tendency to create rules that mandate a different customer experience based on whether the interaction was self-service or involved a live agent. Live agent contact is going to diminish, but it’s never going away. Move to the Cloud.

Amazon Connect, the Deconstructed Contact Center

USAN

When Amazon released its contact center service, Amazon Connect, it was met with skepticism by some industry insiders because it didn’t have the features other solutions offer. Admittedly, Amazon’s conception of the contact center looks very different from what we’re used to.

How to Handle Angry Customers in Your Contact Center

NICE inContact

Frustration, discontentment and dissatisfaction are frequent drivers of angry call center customers. Coaching your contact center agents on how to navigate calls from angry customers will decrease call handle times, improve productivity and elevate the customer experience. Contact centers can use desktop tickers , to provide real-time SMILE reminders and coach agents to smile regardless of the type of call that comes into their queue. .

Baseball and Contact Center Technology

Waterfield Technologies

The post Baseball and Contact Center Technology appeared first on Waterfield Technologies. Blog Agents Cloud Contact CenterIt’s that time of year when baseball appears on our television again…Batter Up, Baseball season has begun! But why are we talking about baseball? Well, the management of a sports […].

A Contact Center Features Checklist for 2018

Talkdesk

To gain a competitive edge with today’s customers, your contact center features need to continually improve your customer service offering – doing nothing is not a viable option. What new tools will your contact center features offer customers and agents in 2018?

The Pros and Cons of Contact Center Outsourcing

NICE inContact

Twenty years ago began a shift to contact center outsourcing to offshore locations, especially the Philippines and India, and away from the local market where customers on the other end of the phone were located. Brands had a very clear business case to cut contact center labor costs by outsourcing to lower-cost offshore locations. I’m old enough to remember all the hype and hyperbole that all contact centers would be offshore by 2010.