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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    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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    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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    Call Centre Awards Night 17 Sponsors Confirmed.

    The INSIGHTS Middle East Call Centre Awards ’17 Gala Dinner takes place during the Middle East Call Centre 2017 show in Dubai on May 16. Now in it’s 12th year, the competition continues to shine a light on the region’s top call centres and in particular the key personnel who are driving improvements and excellent […]

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    Transformative Outsourcing ’17 Speakers Also Announced

    As above, the main international experts for this program have also been confirmed.  In this case probably the easiest way to know what to expect is to quote some details from some of their profiles:- 1.    Peter Ryan, Canada Peter Ryan, Canada Peter Ryan has been at the forefront of contact center services market advisory […]

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    World-Class Speakers To Add Their Authority To MECC ’17 Conference

    Visitors to the Middle East Call Centre 2017 (MECC ’17) web site at can now view the profiles of the main speakers to be involved in the Main MECC ’17 conference and supporting workshops.  With most of them making their Middle East debuts, delegates can expect both fresh insights, and the side benefits of […]

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    MECC ’17 Countdown Newsletter #4

    World-Class Speakers To Add Their Authority To MECC ’17 Conference Visitors to the Middle East Call Centre 2017 (MECC ’17) web site at can now view the profiles of the main speakers to be involved in the Main MECC ’17 conference and supporting workshops.  With most of them making their Middle East debuts, delegates […]

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    MECC ’17 Countdown Newsletter #3

    1. Get Yourself Into A MECC ’17 Mood MECC ’17. as I hope you are aware of by now is from May 15-18 in Dubai. It’s the region’s most significant annual meeting place for call centre professionals and this year, with regional businesses continuing to catch a cold from the continuing down draught of lower […]

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