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5 Must-Haves in Your Business Continuity Plan - MAP Communications - ContactCenterWorld.com Blog

5 Must-Haves in Your Business Continuity Plan

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” – Alexander Graham Bell

When things feel out of control, relying on a backup plan can bring serious relief and peace of mind. Creating a business continuity plan, or BCP, can help. It helps to think of your plans as a form of insurance – they can guide you out of uncertainty and back onto the path to success. During especially uncertain times, a business continuity plan checklist can feel even more useful.

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What is a Business Continuity Plan?

Business continuity planning allows stakeholders to create systems of prevention and recovery from possible threats to the organization. Plans can protect assets, shield personnel, and ensure the survivability of the business during times of uncertainty. Typically conceived well in advance of any hardship, a business continuity plan helps to define risk and build a bridge back to stability. Risks can include natural disasters, cyberattacks, pandemics or anything that might threaten the health and viability of your organization.

An important part of any successful company, a business continuity plan can prevent severe drops in profitability. Since organizations can’t rely solely on insurance policies to cover the costs and loss of customer base that so often accompanies hard times, advanced planning is highly necessary. Here are a few must-haves to include in your organization’s business continuity plan:

Consideration of Potential Threats

Your organization’s response to a crisis may depend on the nature of the disaster itself. Should a tornado whip through town and destroy your IT infrastructure, for instance, your response will look quite different than if a power outage temporarily shuts down your phone lines. It can be hard to conceive of the inconceivable, but if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that business continuity plans for pandemics, natural disasters, and other crises are more valuable than ever. Plan for the worst and you’ll never be caught completely off guard.

It’s not enough to just acknowledge potential threats. A good business continuity plan will also include a detailed impact analysis of those threats. Predictions and forecasts can help you understand the long and short term effect a particular disaster might have on your organization. While it’s difficult to identify the unknowns in advance, merely exploring thought experiments can help provide insight into the possibilities.

Responsibility Designations

Should your worst case scenario arise, who will be responsible for carrying out your business continuity plan? Knowing who is doing what, when and why is a huge component of the plan. Establishing a clear chain of command can help, but without written documentation of assigned duties, power struggles and finger pointing may emerge between department heads. Since some types of disasters may result in the sidelining of key employees, it’s also important to create backup plans for your backup plans. Assign duties now and train your entire team on how to respond should the need arise.

Many organizations opt to create sub-teams to put their business continuity plans into effect. The command team level can include both a crisis management committee and a recovery management team. A group to manage the implementation of these plans is also highly necessary. For task-oriented teams, consider your goals. Some organizations use their resources to deploy public relations teams, but if that’s not a priority, a mechanical team, IT team, or transport team may be more relevant.

Emergency Contact Information and Data Backups

You know how to reach your team when you need them, but in case of an emergency, do you know which family members they’d prefer you to contact? Your human resources department may handle these details upon hiring new employees, but if there’s only one copy of these details, you could have a serious headache on your hands. One of the most important business continuity planning steps is to make backups of such information and share it across applicable departments.

While you’re gathering employee emergency information, it may help to store the details off-site with other important business data. In some cases, your physical hard drives might be unrecoverable after a disaster. Having a remote site for your data is crucial, which is why so many business continuity planning templates include this step in their recommendations.

Plans to Maintain Operations

This section should be amongst the most detailed portions of your plans. Create detailed plans for each department so each employee will know what is expected of them in an emergency. Should your daily operations remain viable during a pandemic or natural disaster, you’ll want to outline your policies and procedures for both employees and customers. Your plans may evolve or change as things stabilize, so factor phases and stages into your plans as well.

Since your business continuity plan for continued operations should be the most robust section of your plan, it is worth doing some trial runs to see what needs improvements. Come up with some disaster scenarios and test your plan against them. Note where the cracks are so you can circle back and patch them up. This will make sure you are ready when disaster truly strikes.

Your Partner During Uncertain Times

The road to recovery may not always be clear, but with a business continuity plan in place, your team will be one step closer to normalcy. The right resources make all the difference during especially uncertain times. MAP Communications offers business continuity call center services for all types of emergency circumstances to ensure your communications stay intact. While we may not be able to predict the future, we can help you set your organization up for stability in the event business as usual is not an option.

Source: https://www.mapcommunications.com/blog/business-continuity-plan-must-haves/

Publish Date: August 20, 2020 5:00 AM


2020 Buyers Guide Cloud Contact Center Solutions

Page: 123
1.) 
Premium Listing
NobelBiz Corporation

NobelBiz OMNI+
NobelBiz’s latest product, the OMNI+, is a state-of-the-art contact center software that allows companies – regardless of the number of employees – to offer more efficient, standardized solutions to their clients. With OMNI+ you can manage your accounts on all popular platforms (from voice, to email, social media, and web chat) using a single browser. The software also offers effortless navigation between communication mediums and all customer interactions can be easily monitored by supervisors without interfering in their agent’s work. As far as integration goes, the product can be installed and ready to use in maximum 72 hours and can easily be overlaid in pre-existing infrastructures.
PH: 760.405.0105


2.) 
Accordia Solution

Accordia Solution CIS
Accordia Solution is an innovative developer of seamlessly integrated cost-effective omnichannel Contact Center Solutions specifically targeted at the micro, small and medium operations.Our core business model involves the development and marketing of IP Telephony and IP Contact Center Solutions. We also strive to develop customer interaction solutions which include contact center and customer relationship management (CRM) that enhances Customer Experience Of The Future (CEOTF) and optimizes agent productivity.

Our flagship product, the Accordia Customer Interaction Suites (CIS), offers comprehensive functionality by helping your business meet and exceed the level of service in line with...
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PH: +603 5569 9816

3.) 
Amtelco

Genesis Intelligent Series
Genesis is the latest advancement in Amtelco’s long line of call center solutions. This call center technology is entirely software-based and virtualized, with cloud-based capability. Genesis provides skills-based automatic call distribution (ACD), built-in speech recognition, text-to-speech (TTS), and voice services to improve call routing and management.

4.) 
Arise Virtual Solutions

The Arise Platform
Arise is a pioneer of on-demand customer management business process outsourcing solutions, headquartered in Florida. Through the cloud-based Arise Platform, Fortune 50 and other companies connect to Service Partners who deliver authentic, loyalty-building interactions with their customers. Delivering radical flexibility to meet even extreme contact volume fluctuations, the award-winning Arise Platform is an innovative alternative to the traditional contact center.

5.) 
Astute Solutions

Astute Agent
Astute Agent gives your agents everything they need to work cases confidently and efficiently. This modern case management CRM is the preferred choice for Consumer Relations and Customer Care teams who support some of the world’s most prestigious brands.

Astute Agent balances agent efficiency with customer experience. Here’s how:

- Automated email responses
Using natural language processing, Astute Agent reads incoming customer emails and automatically supplies a response to agents to review and send.

- Auto-populated case fields
AI capabilities automatically suggest reason codes, product codes, and other case information, saving agents minutes per case.

- Time-saving case feat...
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6.) 
Brook Trout Solutions

CCaaS, SIP Trunking, SD WAN, Interconnectivity
Brook Trout Solutions provides Technology Guide services to help Contact Centers to the best possible solution for their business. This includes:
CCaaS: Talk Desk, Five 9s, Nice, Genesys and more
SIP Trunks: Many Global Providers to lower cost and improve operational efficiency
SD WAN: Connect to customers rapidly with the latest network technology to scale with flexibility.
Our service are at no cost to our customers. We look forward to meeting you!
PH: 800-886-9199

7.) 
Call Center Studio

Call Center Studio
Call Center Studio is the world’s first call center built on Google and is one of the most secure and stable systems with some of the industry’s best reporting. It is one of the most full-featured enterprise grade systems (with the most calling features, one of the best call distribution, outbound dialing features and integrations—including IVR, AI Speech Recognition, blended inbound/outbound calling and includes Google’s new Dialogflow and Speech API. Call Center Studio is the absolute easiest to use (with a 10 minute setup), and is the price performance leader with lower equipment cost and less setup time.
PH: +1 512-872-7565

8.) 
Call Tracking Metrics

CallTrackingMetrics is the only contact center solution with marketing attribution software built in. Our powerful UCaaS platform lets you know upfront who is calling in, what campaigns they were referencing, and their previous history with your company. Partnering this data with tools to automate and streamline your team’s workflow frees you up to focus on truly delighting your customers.

Conditionally direct calls, texts, chats and forms based on:

• Actions the customer has taken on your website
• Whether they’ve previously contacted your business
• Which agent they last interacted with
• Custom criteria unique to your business needs
• The location nearest to your customer

Say...
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PH: 8005771872

9.) 
Cloud Call Center Search

From AI - WFO and everything in between!
Cloud Call Center Search has spent hundreds of hours evaluating and vetting leading cloud software applications (Omni-Channel, Artificial Intelligence, Business Intelligence, Workforce Management and many others) and their actual use in the trenches with real-world clients. As a result, we understand the strengths and weaknesses of cloud-based call center software solutions. At NO charge, Cloud Call Center Search will match your organization with the cloud software providers that are the best fit to drive positive ROI in your customer experience, sales, and back-office operations.
PH: 800-741-2998

10.) 
Cloud IT Services GmbH

Dialfire
Dialfire offers you a complete call center solution that is simple and intuitive to use and adapts to your needs. It's completely cloud-based, saving you the hassle of setting up a phone system and installing software. In addition to predictive dialing and call blending of inbound calls, you can create personalized campaigns through an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. Features include automated workflows and full control over the agent screen.

You can see the full list of features here:

11.) 
Connex One

Cloud contact centre technology with built in gamification tools, workforce optimiser, omni-channel, speech analytics, artificial intelligence, quality assurance, PCI-DSS payment platform, form builder and much more features. All seamlessly integrating with almost 100% of your inhouse applications & CRM systems - creating one powerful workflow platform. Increasing productivity, customer engagement, saving you cost. Available in opex model - pay per license per month. No binding contracts with NO cost for 24/7/365 support and full training with built in SLA.
PH: +27 73 485 8072 / +27 61 192 680

12.) 
contactSPACE

contactSPACE
Cloud contact software that makes customer contact pain free, so your team aren’t worrying about complex technology and can focus on what they do best. Take control, and design the perfect agent interface with a drag-n-drop visual editor. Combined with AI, leverage data-driven contact strategies to ensure the right agent is contacting your customers at the right time & on the right channel.
PH: +61288803111

13.) 
Content Guru

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Content Guru makes engagement easy. A global leader in cloud communications solutions, we deliver off-the-shelf and bespoke customer engagement and cloud contact centre services, through the multi-award-winning 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗺® platform.

Europe’s largest Customer Engagement and Experience platform, 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗺, brings together intelligent automation, third-party systems integration, and on-demand scalability to enhance all customer communication functions. With true omni-channel engagement capabilities, 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗺 gives organisations the power to create consistent and seamless experiences for customers, inspiring loyalty and powering success.

14.) 
CSX Cloud

CSX Cloud
CSX Cloud provides a full omnichannel cloud-based turn-key customer communications solution as a service based on a monthly subscription with no long term commitments. Our easy to use solution and top-notch customer service makes it an easy choice to get started today.
PH: 18665474764

15.) 
Edify Labs

Edify Huddle
Edify connects businesses with customers and employees with each other. The company’s Business Communications as a Service (BCaaS) platform, Huddle, is the only one that unites unified communications (UC), contact center (CC) and communications platform (API) functionality in a single software solution that lets users move seamlessly among channels within one conversation. Edify removes all the risk of using its cloud-based platform with five free users forever, global availability, real-time redundancy, usage-based pricing and a 100% SLA uptime guarantee.

16.) 
Envision

Envision Click2Coach WFO/WEM
Data from phone, e-mail, web chat and social media interactions can help quickly identify patterns and trends, optimize operations and transform customer relationships. Envision delivers innovative software solutions, in the cloud or on premise, to optimize and engage your workforce. With our integrated line of Click2Coach products, customers get voice of the customer analysis, graphical dashboards, performance management, desktop analytics, speech analytics, interaction and compliance recording, quality management, workforce management and coaching and eLearning.

For more than 20 years, Envision has been providing award winning solutions to our customers that optimize customer experience...
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PH: 206-225-0800

17.) 
Fonolo

Call back / virtual hold solution
Fonolo's solution can eliminate hold time from your contact center without changing any business process.

Fonolo's cloud-based call-back solution sits above your infrastructure, giving callers the option to receive a call back instead of waiting on hold.

This results in lower abandon rates, handle times, and costs -- and a superior experience for your customers.
PH: 416-366-2500

18.) 
Geomant

Microsoft Teams Contact Centre
Geomant is enabling organisations to extend the power of Teams even further, to customer interaction with our Buzzeasy Contact Centre. Buzzeasy is a native Teams application that enables Teams users to handle customer interactions effortlessly, across multiple channels including voice, email, webchat and the most popular messaging platforms, such as Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, etc. By adding Contact Centre functionality to Teams, it becomes an all-in-one collaboration and communications platform not only for internal communications, but for customers as well, in an easy and cost-effective way.
PH: 01789 387900

19.) 
Integra CCS

uContact
uContact is an All-in-One contact center solution. Our unique one-on-one customer service makes us perfect for small to medium call centers. Rather than relying on multiple applications we will offer you: - Dialers (Inbound & Outbound)
- SMS, Email & Webchat in a Unified Inbox
- A Call Center Designed CRM
- Completely Customizable Reporting
- Gamification
- Recording
- Voice Broadcasting
- Quality Control
- Live Coaching (Spy, Whisper, Collaborate)
- Many More Features & an Open API.

20.) 
Intelligent Contacts, Inc

Intelligent Contact Center Suite
The Intelligent Contact Center harnesses the power of machine learning and predictive analytics to substantially increase agent productivity when compared to manually dialing.
Key ROI metrics:
• 4 predictive algorithms cut agent idle time in half and deliver right party contacts with fewer dropped calls
• Answering Machine Detection rates averaging 85-92%
• Unified Communication (calling, voicemail messaging, SMS, email, chat) that reduces operational costs through personalized automation and preferred channel delivery.
Core features
• 100% TCPA-compliant auto dialer platform
• Unlimited line capacity and instant scalability
• Call recording and data storage (included)
• No agent s...
(read more)
PH: 1 800 214-7490
 
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