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Developing a Contact Center Work-At-Home Program

Developing a Contact Center Work-At-Home Program While many contact centers, particularly the large ones, had disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) plans in place before the pandemic hit, even if they were rarely tested and updated, surprisingly few included the option of having employees work from home for an extended period of time. And [...]
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WFO Trends in 2020

WFO Trends in 2020 2019 was the year of artificial intelligence (AI), automation and analytics, a trend that has continued in 2020 and into the foreseeable future, despite the pandemic. Vendors are making large research and development (R&D) investments in these product areas, and end users are eager to realize the proven benefits from automation [...]
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Using IA and CJA to Improve CX

Using IA and CJA to Improve CX During the past few months, we’ve published a series of newsletter blogs, columns and white papers to help executives and contact center leaders manage through the coronavirus pandemic. This month, we’re addressing an issue that will return to importance, once economies reopen and the business world returns to [...]
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2020 Contact Center Investment Priorities

2020 Contact Center Investment Priorities DMG’s annual survey of contact center investment priorities for the year has confirmed the anecdotal data we’ve been hearing from companies. 2020 is looking to be an outstanding year for contact center investments. As it’s difficult to get enterprise executives and managers to participate in any kind of a survey, [...]
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Vision 2020

Vision 2020 We enter the new decade with great momentum in technological innovation. Start-ups and large enterprises are investing billions in artificial intelligence (AI) and automation-based initiatives that are going to change the way we live our lives and conduct business over the next 10 – 20 years. Technologies that have been talked about for [...]
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2019 Was a Fantastic Year for Service

2019 Was a Fantastic Year for Service It’s December, a time when we look at the year in review to see what has changed in the world of service and summarize the major drivers of progress. (Our January 2020 column will discuss the leading drivers of change for 2020, the first year of the new [...]
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A Channel is a Channel

A Channel is a Channel Headlines shout the power and benefits of the newest “servicing” channels – one day it is social media and the next it is chat. In fact, no single channel is more important than another. What matters is that customers, prospects, partners, and everyone else receives a response in their channel [...]
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Making RPA Positive for Employees

Making RPA Positive for Employees Robotic process automation (RPA) is a logical approach for companies to take in order to improve productivity and quality.  The three primary categories of RPA solutions are: Attended – the ability to “sit side-by-side” with an agent or employee at their desktop application and assist them with their tasks, such [...]
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Digital Transformation Initiatives for Contact Centers

Digital Transformation Initiatives for Contact Centers In contact centers, digital transformation is often thought to mean converting from a multi-channel environment to omni-channel engagement, but it is so much more. While adding digital channels is a step in the right direction and a necessity for contact centers of all sizes, it is just the beginning [...]
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Call Tracking: Where Phone Calls Enhance Digital Marketing and Service

Call Tracking: Where Phone Calls Enhance Digital Marketing and Service This year we decided to cover a niche IT sector, call tracking, which is growing in importance due to the digital transformation occurring in organizations worldwide. Call tracking is currently attracting a great deal of interest because of its ability to deliver significant improvements in [...]
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The Advantages of Analytics-Enabled Quality Management

The Advantages of Analytics-Enabled Quality Management For most of the past 40 years, contact centers have performed quality management (QM) the same way. Calls are identified for evaluation from recordings, and then a QM specialist listens, assesses and completes a monitoring form for each of them. While traditional QM applications have been enhanced over the [...]
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Making Sense out of the RPA Market

Making Sense out of the RPA Market The robotic process automation (RPA) market is growing rapidly, and new uses are being identified throughout enterprises continually. Hundreds of vendors around the world have entered the RPA segment, coming from many existing IT sectors such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), contact center infrastructure, [...]
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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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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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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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It’s Time to Replace Traditional QA

It's Time to Replace Traditional QA Contact center quality assurance (QA, also known as quality management (QM)), has been around for over 40 years. The concept and practice of QA is great – using actual agent conversations or written communications to evaluate agents’ performance and provide timely and actionable feedback. The idea has always been [...]
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What’s New with Workforce Management?

What's New with Workforce Management? 2018 is the most exciting year in decades for the WFM market, with developments in innovation, interest and investment. Vendors are delivering innovation in the form of better user interfaces (UIs) that offer a much-improved experience without sacrificing function. These interfaces are delivering enhanced tools that engage agents and give [...]
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Applications that Improve the Customer Journey

Applications that Improve the Customer Journey Recent advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) technology coupled with consumer preference for digital channels, is driving interest in and adoption of intelligent virtual agents (IVAs) and a related technology, robotic process automation (RPA). Voice biometrics is another high-tech solution that is going mainstream; a leading bank’s recent ad campaign [...]
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