Cookie Preference Centre

Your Privacy
Strictly Necessary Cookies
Performance Cookies
Functional Cookies
Targeting Cookies

Your Privacy

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This information might be about you, your preferences, your device or used to make the site work as you expect it to. The information does not usually identify you directly, but it can give you a more personalized web experience. You can choose not to allow some types of cookies. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings. However, you should know that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on the site and the services we are able to offer.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site may not work then.

Cookies used

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources, so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies, we will not know when you have visited our site.

Cookies used

Google Analytics

Functional Cookies

These cookies allow the provision of enhance functionality and personalization, such as videos and live chats. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies, then some or all of these functionalities may not function properly.

Cookies used




Targeting Cookies

These cookies are set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant ads on other sites. They work by uniquely identifying your browser and device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will not experience our targeted advertising across different websites.

Cookies used


This site uses cookies and other tracking technologies to assist with navigation and your ability to provide feedback, analyse your use of our products and services, assist with our promotional and marketing efforts, and provide content from third parties


Upcoming Events


How To Enter the 2020 Members' Choice Awards - For Vendors




Article : Acquiring New Contact Centre Technology - Part Three - Types of Solution Available


Along with choosing a solution and a vendor that will meet your needs, choosing the appropriate technical architecture is also critical.

You need to assess various considerations, including:

  • Would you prefer the solution to be financed by capital or operational expense?
  • Do you require flexibility in the size of the solution – do you experience significant peaks and troughs?
  • What is the architecture of your existing IT solutions?
  • What are the capabilities of your current IT staff?
  • What are your business continuity or disaster recovery requirements?
  • Are your requirements likely to change in the short to medium term?
  • Are you anticipating significant growth?
  • How many sites do you have?

The answers to these questions will go some of the way to determining which solution architecture will best suit your needs. There are three main architectures available (plus various combinations of all three).

Ring2 Dashboards & Wallboards Free Trial

The first is the traditional Customer Premise-based Equipment (CPE). In this case you buy the solution you require (capital expense) and install the physical hardware and software on your premises. You are entirely responsible for the provision of the physical environment, security, arranging maintenance and upgrades as well as the day-to-day operation and management. The size is relatively fixed and limited by the licences you purchase. If you require redundancy you need to provision a second system for business continuity and disaster recovery.

The second is a hosted solution. Very similar to the CPE solution, but in a facilities-managed data centre. The difference here is that the data centre provider is responsible for the physical environment. The cost can also be an operational expense, but is still largely a fixed cost.

The third alternative is a cloud-based solution. This solution is also physically located away from the customer premises, but whereas the hosted solution is installed in a single data centre, the cloud-based solution is often located in multiple data centres and the load is shared across the centres. This provides an additional level of redundancy because if one data centre fails the load should be distributed across the remaining data centres. It is also very easy to scale up and down because the hardware and software resources are shared amongst all customers – there is no concept of licensing individual users or ports. It is purely operational expense and you only pay for what you use – on a per-call, per agent, per agent/hour, per IVR second or similar basis. While you gain additional elasticity to handle peaks, and the system is always maintained at the latest version, you do lose some control over when upgrades and changes are made as the timing has to suit all users of the system.

A managed service (sometimes referred to as a private cloud) is more a management option than a technical option. While there are a number of different definitions, the most common is fully premise-based equipment (same as the first option above) that is owned and managed by the technology vendor and charged on a monthly operational expense basis.

Some companies also deploy hybrid solutions to reduce the size of the links from premise to the data centre. In this case the components that handle the voice paths (and the carrier trunks) are located on the client premises, but the application servers (the "brains" of the system) are located in a remote data centre.

The best design for you will depend on many factors, so ensure the vendor’s solution architects work with your IT team to design the most appropriate solution.

About Steve Pels:
Director of Operations at Contact Center Action

About Contact Centre Action:
Company LogoThe services provided by Contact Centre Action, and the experience we have is unique in the market today. In operation since 2003, we can provide the total solution to your contact centre consulting and recruitment needs. We have ‘hands on’ operational experience in training, operating and managing contact centres. We don’t just teach and understand the theories, we have practical experience in managing staff in this often high-pressure environment. This experience includes recruiting, customer service, metrics and measurements, staff retention, process improvement, cost reduction, contact centre relocation and centralisation. We have independent knowledge of a variety of technologies from multiple vendors, including ACD, IVR, workforce management, call recording, CTI, speech recognition, biometric verification, quality management, performance management, customer surveys, outbound diallers and speech analytics – in both on-premise and hosted environments. We are totally independent. We do not sell technical solutions, neither do we have any commercial relationships with any
Company RSS Feed   Company Facebook   Company Twitter   Company LinkedIn   Company Profile Page

Today's Tip of the Day - Motivation

Read today's tip or listen to it on podcast.

Published: Friday, June 10, 2016

Printer Friendly Version Printer friendly version

2020 Buyers Guide IVR

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


Virtual Switchboard
Megacall provides a fully customised Virtual Switchboard software for all companies (including IVR service). No matter the size of your business, our services adapt to the needs of each client.

Are you looking for a more effective way to communicate with your customers? Discover the advantages of using the IVR and how it can help in your communications.
PH: +34 952 667 511
Submit Event

Upcoming Events

15th annual Best Practice Conference - this is the contact center world's most highly rated event - a whopping 100% of delegates say they would recommend it!

100's of best practice tips and ideas from contact center professionals Read More...

Survey - Online Event

Latest Americas Newsletter
both ids empty
session userid =
session UserTempID =
session adminlevel =
session blnTempHelpChatShow =
session cookie set = True
session page-view-total =
session page-view-total =
applicaiton blnAwardsClosed =
session blnCompletedAwardInterestPopup =
session blnCheckNewsletterInterestPopup =
session blnCompletedNewsletterInterestPopup =