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How can we confirm IVAs will provide the same information as our contact center agents?

Question: We’re considering the addition of intelligent virtual agent capabilities to provide 24/7 customer service. How can we confirm they will provide the same information as our contact center agents? Answer: To ensure an intelligent virtual agent (IVA) delivers responses that are consistent with a human agent – and vice versa –requires a single source [...]
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WFM Solutions Adapt to Changing Needs

WFM Solutions Adapt to Changing Needs No contact center technology has undergone as significant a paradigm shift as the WFM sector. Its fundamental purpose and function remains the same, but the process is vastly different. The new generation of WFM solutions gives agents unprecedented visibility into and control over their schedules. But contact centers are [...]
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Workforce Optimization Ushers in the Real-Time Contact Center

It’s hard to overstate how much the contact center technology sector has progressed in the past 15 years. The call center liability recording/quality assurance market has evolved into the contact center workforce optimization (WFO) market, encompassing 13 application sectors: omnichannel recording; quality management; workforce management; coaching; e-learning; surveying/voice of the customer (VoC); performance management; speech, […]

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Essential Role of Contact Centers in Digital Transformations

Essential Role of Contact Centers in Digital Transformations I’ve got a bone to pick with enterprise technology decision-makers. We’re in the period of digital transformation, but surprisingly, contact centers are sometimes left out of these initiatives. Eventually, someone reasonable comes along and points out the necessity of including the primary customer-facing department in the digital [...]
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Innovation Enhances the Cloud-Based Contact Center Infrastructure Market

Innovation Enhances the Cloud-Based Contact Center Infrastructure Market The past year was excellent for the cloud-based contact center infrastructure (CBCCI) market. DMG had projected that the market would grow by 22% in 2017, and the actual growth rate was 25.4%. The vast majority of the sales were to existing contact centers whose management made the [...]
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Choosing an omni-channel cloud-based contact center infrastructure solution

Question: Should the business case to acquire an omni-channel cloud-based contact center infrastructure solution be multiple mini-business cases (by channel) or one overall? Answer: A business case, which DMG defines as “a document designed to convince a decision-maker of the need for and benefits (contribution to the bottom line) of an investment,” are not one-size-fits-all. [...]
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What’s the best way to use contact handle time as a key performance indicator?

Question: What’s the best way to use contact handle time as a key performance indicator? Answer: The amount of time agents spend handling interactions in each supported channel (e.g., inbound/outbound calls, chats, emails, short message service (SMS)/text, messaging, social media, etc.) is a critical key performance indicator (KPI) for contact centers, and has been one [...]
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Are calibration sessions necessary in an AQM environment?

Question: We’re implementing analytics-enabled quality management to perform automated evaluation of customer interactions. Do we still need to do calibration sessions? Answer: Analytics-enabled quality management (AQM), which leverages capabilities that include speech, text, and desktop analytics to automatically evaluate up to 100% of customer interactions, enhances, but does not completely eliminate, traditional quality management (QM) [...]
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Welcome to 2019!

Welcome to 2019! 2019 is looking to be a year filled with great innovation and practical applications for contact centers. Artificial intelligence (AI) and automation will be the driving forces behind much of the innovation and transformation that is anticipated during the year. It’s a year in which the number of contact center seats worldwide [...]
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Cloud-Based ACDs and Dialers Come of Age

Cloud-Based ACDs and Dialers Come of Age Cloud-based contact center infrastructure (CBCCI) vendors have spent most of the last 20 years playing functional catch-up to the leading on-premise vendors. But this is no longer the case. DMG just completed our annual research on the CBCCI sector (see the Abstract for our most recent report on [...]
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Implementing a balanced scorecard to measure agent and contact center performance

Question: We’re implementing a balanced scorecard to measure agent and contact center performance. What categories should we evaluate? Answer: There are hundreds of key performance indicators (KPIs) available in most contact centers, as each operating system – automatic call distributor (ACD), dialer, interactive voice response (IVR), recording, workforce management, customer relationship management (CRM) and more [...]
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“Smart” contact center solutions that use artificial intelligence

Question: I keep hearing about "smart" contact center solutions that use artificial intelligence. How does this work? Answer: Answer: Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science focused on the development of computer programs and machines to solve complex problems by simulating behaviors associated with intelligent beings. Specific capabilities include learning, reasoning, problem-solving and [...]
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