Blending AI With Human Support

The future of work and the impact that artificial intelligence will have on the workforce has been a hot topic lately. The publicity has been a bit unsettling, though, given the tendency to couple the acronym AI with the word “replace”—as in “AI Will Replace Half of All Jobs in the Next Decade” or “Could […]

The Customer Journey In The Land Of The Smartphone

“The smartphone is becoming the ubiquitous and predominant tool for both selfservice and assisted service.” I want you to join me on a journey to the land of the smartphone. I’m from Portlandia, so I’m going to call this (not the least bit mythical) land Smartphonia. This is an incredibly exciting and compelling adventure that […]

Technology’s Role In The Omnichannel Pursuit

“Enterprises will not achieve an omnichannel customer experience with tools alone. Strategy comes first, followed by the process, integration and organizational elements to drive value from the technology and deliver on the goals.” Omnichannel Is Everywhere—Vendor Marketing, Analyst Articles, Conference Sessions, Client Wish Lists. While touted as a new concept, it doesn’t seem all that […]

Working Together To Optimize Technology

“A stalemate can occur when the center wants IT to educate them on what’s possible and IT wants the center to define what they want or need.” Technology is the great enabler but too often falls short in delivering promised results, leaving users and executives frustrated. Whether pursuing exciting new technology or refreshing existing systems, […]

The Digital Workplace

No one can deny the remarkable impact that mobile technology has had on consumer behavior. Texting has displaced phone calls and email as the preferred communication channel among millennials, and social media has emerged as their top choice for obtaining information and content. Our employees are also consumers of the latest cool tools and applications. […]

Contact Center Challenges And Priorities

In late 2015, we conducted a simple survey that received input from 277 respondents on two fronts: the biggest challenges today and top priorities for 2016. Participants could identify three of each, with no ranking. Input came primarily from contact center leaders (65%), along with support analysts (10%), IT (8%), supervisors (7%), consultants (4%), and […]

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    Digital Customer Care

    “A fundamental element of providing an excellent customer experience is making it easy for customers to get their questions answered through whichever means they prefer.” [...]
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    All About Ease

    The 1950 movie “All About Eve” starring Bette Davis is a “backstage” story revolving around an aspiring stage actress named Eve Harrington. Tattered and forlorn, [...]
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    Enough of the ideas, where’s the execution?

    I’ve just had the pleasure of chairing a customer engagement conference. There were some great speakers. One of my favourites was Stewart Bromley from Atom [...]
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    Smartworld Launches Cloud Customer Engagement Solutions in the UAE

    The new offering leverages the virtualized capabilities of the Altitude uCI 8 platform to deliver Altitude’s flagship contact center applications in a cloud-based service model. [...]
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    What Keeps You Up At Night?

    Contact centers face a growing array of compliance requirements, rules and regulations for handling sensitive data. “Bad guys” seem to be lurking around every corner [...]
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    Building A Resilient Contact Center

    A few minutes outage can leave the center playing catch up on service level (and perhaps, customer satisfaction) all day. If minutes turn into hours, [...]
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    Automation Generation

    Are we now in the automation generation? Technology giants such as Google are already testing driverless automobiles. What’s next—pilotless passenger planes? (Hope not). Humanlike robots [...]
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    Hello, HAL! Artificial Intelligence In The Contact Center

    “While HAL was able to converse naturally with people on any imaginable topic, the conversational user experience with AI still isn’t there and probably won’t [...]
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    Building A Resilient Contact Center

    “A few minutes outage can leave the center playing catch up on service level (and perhaps, customer satisfaction) all day. If minutes turn into hours, or become too frequent, where will customers turn for assistance?” In the era of “five nines” of reliability, contact center leaders didn’t worry too much about the resiliency of their […]

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    Automation Generation

    “The contact center innovations of the past 40 years have succeeded in improving agent productivity and delivering a more satisfactory service to end users, but their record for substituting automation for labor is mixed.” Are we now in the automation generation? Technology giants such as Google are already testing driverless automobiles. What’s next—pilotless passenger planes? […]

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    Workforce Optimization Survey: Time For The Next Level

    Strategic Contact, working with Contact Center Pipeline, recently conducted the 2017 Workforce Optimization (WFO) Survey. A sampling of 291 contact center practitioners weighed in on how they plan for, deploy and leverage WFO solutions. This article explores what the results tell us about the value and opportunities WFO technology presents, as well as the challenges […]

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    Three Security Myths About Moving To The Cloud

    “Cloud infrastructure is designed around productivity and integration, which means advanced encryption of all data, whether it’s in transit or at rest, and between apps, networks and users.” Every day, contact centers all over the world use cloud platforms to successfully provide an efficient, seamless experience for their customers. As they lead the contact center […]

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    Measuring Contact Center Effectiveness

    “Make sure leadership and support staff understand what you measure, why you measure it, and which actions are expected in response to the information.” Contact centers have always been challenged to balance efficiency and effectiveness. Traditional contact center data supports the drive for efficiency by measuring average handle time, labor cost, staffing, cost per contact, […]

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    What’s Your Path And Device For Voice Communications?

    If you are in the throes of platform replacement, you may get caught up in all the hype that surrounds omnichannel customer contact. Or you may think the big decision is cloud or premise solution. Yet other critical, interlinked decisions focus squarely on voice calls. Like it or not, your contact center is still a […]

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    Summer Musings #2 – Are Your Agents Able To Do Their Jobs Properly?

    Hi, and welcome to the second “summer musing”. In this, short question-style episode, I share some thoughts regarding Agent Training. Here’s how it works. Click here and you will be taken to a 6 slide powerpoint presentation. Following the title slide you are reminded of the main types of Agent Training required. These are as […]

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    The Personalized Service And Data Security Dilemma

    “Customers want to have the utmost confidence that you are protecting their data and treating it with the respect it deserves… even as you continue to gather more of it.” As digital engagement with consumers increases, contact center managers and other customer experience (CX) professionals face a tough challenge: How do you continue to offer […]

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    Strategy First In Technology Selection

    “Take a top-down strategic approach that keeps you in charge and focuses on what really matters to your center.” Contact center technology selection is more complex than ever. The vendors all lay claim to a mind-boggling array of capabilities. Buyers must define the scope amid the tension between their enthusiasm for the technology and the […]

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    Need To Improve Your CX? Chatbots Should Be On Your Radar

    “Chatbots can make a big impact now, and as artificial intelligence evolves, your organization should be poised to evolve with it.” The universal answer to the above question these days seems to be an emphatic “yes!” Business leaders are recognizing that customer experience is a competitive business differentiator. Unfortunately, the complexity of omnichannel customer experience […]

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    Simplifying Remote Access

    “Enhancements in core technology and network connectivity, along with the proliferation of cloud systems, create a simplified approach to remote access to contact center systems.” The need for remote access to core contact center infrastructure continues to grow. Whether implementing a home-agent program, accommodating “on the go” leaders, establishing connectivity to outsourcers, ensuring business continuity […]

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    IST Recognized by Genesys as Middle East Partner of the Year

    IST, the customer experience technology specialists, today announced that the company has been named ‘Middle East Partner of the Year’ by Genesys, the global leader in omnichannel customer experience and contact centre solutions. The award, which was presented to IST at Genesys’ annual CX17 event last month in Brussels, Belgium, recognizes IST for their outstanding technical support […]

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    Free-To-Attend MECC ’17 Vendor Presentations

    Vendor presentations have always been a part of the MECC event, and MECC ’17 is no different with an eclectic mix of sessions highlighting product upgrades, special offers and new solutions and innovations to consider. This year sees a host of the latest and best in areas such as workforce management, all-in-one call centre software, […]

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    Next Free Outsourcing e-book On Its Way – Stay Tuned

    As many of you commented, the recent Call Centre Outsourcing e-book entitled “How To Avoid A Bad Outsourcing” decision was a “breath of fresh air” – not only for its clarity in describing the key issues that drag down many Call Centre Outsourcing relationships in the region, but also in its simplicity for pointing the […]

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