2021–2022 Workforce Management Product and Market Report

Published March 10, 2021

The workforce management (WFM) market has attracted more investments and research and development (R&D) dollars in 2020 than ever before. This market has been advancing slowly toward digital transformation in the last couple of years. The pandemic has compelled enterprise and contact center executives to recognize the need to speed up the overhaul of their service environments along with their agent onboarding, scheduling and oversight capabilities. 

New-gen WFM: Uniquely suited to address pandemic-related challenges and beyond 

The migration of workers to home offices has complicated the scheduling challenge and created new issues for contact center management. For agents working at home, the pandemic has also shifted the work/life balance in often unexpected ways. New-gen WFM solutions have been instrumental in addressing the work-at-home (WAH) staffing challenge, supporting flex scheduling, agent self-service, mobility, and virtual hiring and onboarding of new agents. The more advanced WFM solutions have been essential tools for helping contact center supervisors and managers monitor their staff, regardless of where they are located, and keep them engaged. Among the most important capabilities for this purpose in WFM suites are real-time adherence, intraday management, mobility, self-service. gamification and bi-directional communication. 

Once the pandemic eases worldwide, businesses will be confronted with the challenge of bringing some or all of their staff back into the office. This will be another driver of WFM growth, as these solutions will be a critical part of the process. Contact centers will use WFM to build schedules that minimize service disruptions, and innovative WFM vendors will develop features that allow employees to work together safely on-site. The specialized forecasting, scheduling and oversight capabilities of WFM solutions give contact centers a major advantage over other departments that lack these tools.

Authoritative and comprehensive analysis of this vital sector

The 14th edition of DMG Consulting’s Workforce Management Product and Market Report presents an in-depth analysis of the contact center WFM market, the competitive landscape, vendors, product suites, technology and innovation. The Report examines the business, market and technology trends and challenges confronting contact centers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It explores the technology and applications of new-gen WFM, which is an essential part of the transformation taking place in contact centers. The Report analyzes WFM market activity and provides 5-year projections. It also presents customer satisfaction survey results that rate the vendors and their products. 

The 2021 – 2022 Workforce Management Product and Market Report features 5 WFM vendors: Aspect, Calabrio, NICE, Puzzel and Verint. It also provides a high-level overview of four new competitors in the WFM arena: Authority Software, Eleveo, Playvox and Salesforce.

  • Overview of the functional components that comprise a WFM solution, including core and optional modules offered in the 5 featured WFM suites, as well as small and mid-size business (SMB)/package solutions 
  • Market, business and technology trends and challenges that are driving enterprise investments and influencing product development 
  • WFM market innovation, including a review of recently introduced features and functionality and what is planned for the next 12 –18 months 
  • Insightful exploration of New Gen WFM, highlighting the features, functionality and capabilities that make it a requirement for contact centers today and fortify its positioning as the future of WFM 
  • Examination of WFM vendor opportunities precipitated by the COVID pandemic 
  • In-depth analysis of WFM modules that facilitate engagement, empowerment and management of work-at-home (WAH) agents and remote staff 
  • Review of the long-term planning capabilities, including hiring management and workspace allocation capabilities, that will be instrumental in hiring and onboarding WAH/remote staff and facilitating the safe return to the office 
  • WFM market activity analysis, adoption rates and 5-year market growth projections 
  • Review and assessment of the WFM competitive landscape, including an overview of 4 new contenders in the WFM sector 
  • WFM high-level functional summary, including user interfaces, security features and reporting and dashboards. 
  • Implementation analysis, including implementation and return on investment (ROI) time frames, best practices, training and workshop offerings    
  • Vendor pricing for a 250-seat on-premise and cloud-based voice-only and a voice and digital channel WFM implementation for core forecasting and scheduling plus incremental costs (if applicable) for intraday management, real-time adherence, agent self-service, vacation/time-off management, eLearning/meeting management, timekeeping/payroll management, long-term strategic planning, hiring management, workspace allocation, gamification, mobility, back-office and branch WFM
  • Comprehensive customer satisfaction survey results that measure and rank ratings across 10 product capabilities and 11 vendor categories 
  • Detailed company reports for the 5 leading and contending WFM vendors, analyzing their products, functionality and future product development plans
  1. Executive Summary
  2. Introduction
  3. DMG Consulting Research Methodology
    • 3.1 Report Participation Criteria
  4. Workforce Management Defined
    • 4.1 WFM Vendor Suite Overview
    • 4.2 Vendor SMB/Packaged WFM Solutions
  5. Workforce Management Trends and Challenges
    • 5.1 Workforce Management Trends
    • 5.2 Workforce Management Challenges
  6. Workforce Management Market Innovation
    • 6.1 New Product Features
    • 6.2 Future Enhancements
  7. New-Gen WFM is the Future
    • 7.1 Omni-Channel is a Requirement for Delivering a Great Customer Experience
      • 7.1.1 The Growing Importance of Providing Digital Channel Support
      • 7.1.2 Omni-Channel WFM Requirements
    • 7.2 Real-Time Adaptive Scheduling
    • 7.3 Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Automation
  8. WFM Opportunities Driven by the Pandemic
  9. WFM Keeps WAH and Remote Staff Engaged and in Touch
    • 9.1 Agent Self-Service
    • 9.2 Mobility Features
    • 9.3 Intraday Management
    • 9.4 Real-Time Adherence
    • 9.5 Gamification
    • 9.6 eLearning/Meeting Management
    • 9.7 Vacation/Time-Off Management
    • 9.8 Timekeeping/Payroll Management
  10. Looking Ahead: Planning for the New Normal
    • 10.1 Long-Term Strategic Planning
    • 10.2 Hiring Management
    • 10.3 Workspace Allocation Module
  11. Consolidating Front and Back-Office Operations
    • 11.1 Functional Capabilities of Back-Office/Branch WFM Solutions
  12. Workforce Management Market Activity Analysis
    • 12.1 Validating Market Numbers
    • 12.2 WFM Market Share Analysis
  13. WFM Adoption Rate
  14. WFM Market Projections
  15. WFM Competitive Landscape
    • 15.1 Vendors to Watch
    • 15.2 Company Snapshot
  16. High-Level Functional Summary
    • 16.1 User Interfaces
    • 16.2 Security
    • 16.3 Dashboards, Reporting and Analytics
  17. WFM Implementation Analysis
  18. WFM Vendor Satisfaction Analysis
    • 18.1 Summary of Survey Findings and Analysis: Vendor Categories
      • 18.1.1 Vendor Satisfaction by Category and Customer
    • 18.2 Summary of Survey Findings and Analysis: Product Capabilities
      • 18.2.1 Product Capabilities Satisfaction by Category and Customer
    • 18.3 Customer Background and Insights
      • 18.3.1 Channels Supported
      • 18.3.2 Top 3 – 5 Ways the WFM Solution Helped Address Pandemic-Related Challenges
      • 18.3.3 Top 3 – 5 WFM Challenges
      • 18.3.4 Additional Comments
  19. Pricing
    • 19.1 Premise-Based Voice-Only WFM Solution Pricing
    • 19.2 Premise-Based Voice and Digital Channel WFM Solution Pricing
    • 19.3 Cloud-Based Voice-Only WFM Solution Pricing
    • 19.4 Cloud-Based Voice and Digital Channel WFM Solution Pricing
  20. Company Reports
    • 20.1 Aspect Software, Inc.
    • 20.2 Calabrio, Inc.
    • 20.3 NICE
    • 20.4 Puzzel Ltd.
    • 20.5 Verint Systems

Appendix: WFM Vendor Directory

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: Enterprise WFM Suite Components
  • Figure 2: High-Level WFM Suite Components
  • Figure 3: Packaged/SMB WFM Solutions
  • Figure 4: 2021 Workforce Management Trends
  • Figure 5: 2021 Workforce Management Challenges
  • Figure 6: New Product Features, by Vendor
  • Figure 7: Future Enhancements, by Category
  • Figure 8: Customer Expectations for CX in the Post-COVID-19 World
  • Figure 9: Omni-Channel Capabilities
  • Figure 10: Real-Time Adaptive Scheduling and Intraday Management
  • Figure 11: Real-Time Adaptive Scheduling
  • Figure 12: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and Automation
  • Figure 13: Contact Center Real Estate Planner
  • Figure 14: Pandemic-Driven WFM Opportunities
  • Figure 15: Agent Self-Service
  • Figure 16: Mobility
  • Figure 17: Real-Time Intraday Management
  • Figure 18: Intraday Management
  • Figure 19: Real-Time Adherence
  • Figure 20: Gamification
  • Figure 21: eLearning/Meeting Management
  • Figure 22: Vacation/Time-Off Management
  • Figure 23: Timekeeping/Payroll Management
  • Figure 24: Changing Business Models
  • Figure 25: Long-Term Strategic Planning
  • Figure 26: Hiring Management
  • Figure 27: Workspace Allocation
  • Figure 28: Benefits of Front- and Back-Office Consolidation
  • Figure 29: Back Office/Branch
  • Figure 30: WFM Market Activity, as of December 31, 2020
  • Figure 31: WFM Market Share by Number of Seats, as of December 31, 2020
  • Figure 32: WFM Market Share by Number of Seats, as of December 31, 2020
  • Figure 33: Total Number of WFM Seats and Customers, 2020 vs. 2019 Comparison
  • Figure 34: Total Number of WFM Seats, 2011 – 2020 Trends
  • Figure 35: WFM Revenue Projections, 2021 – 2025
  • Figure 36: Company Information
  • Figure 37: High-Level Functional Summary
  • Figure 38: User Interfaces
  • Figure 39: Security
  • Figure 40: Dashboards, Reporting and Analytics
  • Figure 41: Implementation and ROI Time Frames
  • Figure 42: Customer Survey Rating Categories
  • Figure 43: Average Vendor Satisfaction Ratings, by Category
  • Figure 44: Product Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 45: Implementation Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 46: Integration Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 47: Training Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 48: Professional Services Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 49: Ongoing Service and Support Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 50: Product Innovation Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 51: Responsiveness to Product Enhancement Requests Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 52: Vendor Communication Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 53: Pricing Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 54: Overall Vendor Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 55: Average Product Capabilities Satisfaction Ratings, by Category
  • Figure 56: Ability to Mitigate Pandemic-Related Impacts Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 57: Ability to Support the Unique Requirements of each Voice and Digital Channel Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 58: Ability to Accurately Forecast and Efficiently Schedule Blended Omni-Channel and Multi-Skill Environments Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 59: Ability to Make Automated Intraday Staffing Adjustments based on Real-Time Conditions Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 60: Ability to Monitor and Report on Real-Time Adherence for Agents that Dynamically Move Between Voice and Digital Channels Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 61: Ability to Calculate and Apply Shrinkage Automatically Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 62: Ability to Provide Mobile Support for Agents and Supervisors Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 63: Ability to Streamline and Automate Administrative Processes Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 64: Ability to Support Back-Office/Branch WFM Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 65: Ability to Support Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Enablement Satisfaction Ratings, by Customer
  • Figure 66: What channels do you use your WFM solution to support?
  • Figure 67: What are the top 3 – 5 ways that your WFM solution helped you to address pandemic-related challenges?
  • Figure 68: What are the top 3 – 5 challenges of your WFM solution?
  • Figure 69: Additional comments about your experience with the vendor and/or product
  • Figure 70: Pricing for a Single-Site 250-Seat Premise-Based Voice-Only Solution
  • Figure 71: Pricing for a Single-Site 250-Seat Premise-Based Voice and Digital Channel Solution
  • Figure 72: Pricing for a Single-Site, 250-Seat Contact Center; Cloud-Based Voice-Only Solution
  • Figure 73: Pricing for a Single-Site, 250-Seat Contact Center; Cloud-Based Voice and Digital Channel Solution
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