Richard Pinnington at Calabrio explores today’s complex contact centre ecosystem and comes up with a strategy to create a synchronised agent and user experience
When Calabrio surveyed over 300 contact centre professionals, the most effective way to improve employee engagement moving forward was quoted to be giving people the ‘right tools and tech’. This comes as no surprise as agents regularly contend with 20+ different desktop applications to serve customers. In today’s connected world "my system is running slow today" is no longer a tenable excuse to hide the Alt-Tabbing that agents do to cycle through open, disconnected applications. Simplifying and boosting tech efficiency is fast becoming a top priority for customer service organisations, both for agents and operational users alike whilst consumer expectations continue to rise.
Aiming for a single pane of glass.
What agents, supervisors and other operational team members want is a common, consistent experience using one interface for all their desktop applications. Think of a "single pane of glass" where complete customer journeys are reflected, from the channels used, to previous purchases and past conversations. So far, this single view has proven elusive as the contact centre provider ecosystem is entrenched in a battle for the desktop.
Competition v co-opetition
The reality is, currently, no one provider can be all things to all contact centres. For example, traditional telecommunications companies are still struggling to throw off the shackles of their voice only heritage to transition to an omnichannel world. Contact Centre as-a-Service (CCaaS) players might have the specialist cloud contact centre expertise and Unified Communications (UCaaS) players additionally offer voice functionality, but both lack the CRM capabilities necessary to fully understand the customer. On the other hand, many larger organisations opt for CRM as their go to desktop technology platform. However, CRM specialists, while able to support modern omnichannel interactions, also require voice and contact centre know-how to bring all that customer context to life. It’s a complex business with many silos but no outright winners. That’s where co-opetition comes to the fore.
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Close the gap with all-round intelligence
The first step towards closing the gap is to forge a spirit of co-opetition rather than overt competition, encouraging each technology provider to embrace and integrate with the best of their partners, or even competitors, to improve their own value proposition. The next critical step lies in capturing data from inside and outside the contact centre and then applying it intelligently in three key areas:
Adopting a single view desktop strategy and avoiding siloed products, agents and contact centre leaders can see critical data via a "single pane of glass". Therefore, consider an all-in-one WFM solution that seamlessly integrates with voice and CRM but also includes call recording, quality management (QM), interaction analytics and business intelligence. Applying the latest analytics tools also helps contact centres understand the "why" behind the "what" of operations to identify root causes of operational issues and drive meaningful changes to the business.
About Magnus Geverts:
Magnus Geverts is VP, Product Marketing and Management at Calabrio, formerly Chief Business Development Officer at Teleopti ahead of the Calabrio acquisition. He has more than two decades of experience in the Workforce Management and customer service space, working in a mix of roles, in RnD, consultancy and business development.
Calabrio, a customer experience intelligence company, enriches human interactions with its analytics-driven workforce engagement management (WEM) suite. In 2019, Calabrio acquired Workforce Management (WFM) vendor Teleopti combining the best of both Teleopti WFM and Calabrio WFM into a single WFM solution fully integrated within the Calabrio ONE suite. The new Calabrio ONE empowers agents and management alike with a smarter approach. Through AI-driven analytics, Calabrio uncovers important customer behaviour, sentiment and reveals vital insights from contact centres worldwide.
Published: Friday, July 2, 2021
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