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Industry Research : Redefining Business Continuity Planning: New Survey Reveals ANZ Businesses’ Response to COVID-19

#contactcenterworld, @Genesys

Results from a survey by cloud customer experience technology provider, Genesys(R) have revealed that Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) organisations were somewhat underprepared in their business continuity planning (BCP) for managing a crisis of the scale and magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Genesys surveyed a segment of its ANZ customers to understand how organisations and, in particular, contact centres, responded to the pandemic. Respondents came from a variety of sectors including government, finance, telecommunications, transportation, travel, education, energy, healthcare, and technology.

Focusing on five key areas, the survey explored: issues and concerns stemming from COVID-19; effectiveness of business continuity plans; shift to remote working and a home-based workforce; managing workforce engagement; and the ‘new normal’.

A significant finding was that while many of the organisations surveyed had business continuity plans in place, only three-quarters (76%) had formally enacted that by June 2020. Those who chose not to enact their formal BCP either did so because they felt their BCP did not cater adequately to a pandemic, or they were able to respond to the situation without officially enacting their BCP.

The survey found that the majority of BCPs tend to focus on risks or threats to the physical premises or technology infrastructure and were based on the likelihood of addressing natural disasters, such as floods, bushfires or earthquakes. The pandemic tested even the most resilient BCPs as only a few had taken into account this specific type of event that had a severe impact on their workforce and workspace but did not compromise the physical or technology infrastructure.

The rapid shift to remote home-based workforce

COVID-19 has revolutionised the workforce and workspaces creating flexibility not seen before. To continue serving their customers at the beginning of the pandemic, it was critical that organisations shift their contact centre workforce from centralised locations to remote working within a matter of days. Organisations were primarily driven to prevent outbreaks in the workplace that could have led to widespread ramifications to their customer operations, financial outcomes, and public opinion. On top of the need to move rapidly to a remote working arrangement, many contact centres also experienced unprecedented surges in customer demand due to the volatility and uncertainty of the situation, which impacted all aspects of work and travel. In fact, almost 60% of organisations surveyed reported experiencing a huge surge in call volumes.

All organisations surveyed were able to rapidly shift at least part, if not all, of their contact centre workforce to remote working with very little downtime, including even those organisations with no remote operations before COVID-19.

Before the pandemic, only an average of 14% of contact centre agents worked remotely, however, at the height of the first wave in June this number had increased five-fold to approximately 72% of the workforce. Most organisations surveyed anticipate that most of their workforce will return to an office but approximately 32% of the workforce will remain remote.

Prashanth Sreetharan, Principal Consultant - Strategic Business Consulting ANZ at Genesys, says, "Although there is greater impetus and urgency now to pursue digital and automation options, our customers recognise the paramount importance of continuing to engage and care for their employees, instead of being hypervigilant about productivity. Creating a flexible, digitally-enabled, and highly-engaged workforce could prove to be the most crucial element for future Business Continuity Planning."

Other findings from the survey include:

- The issues most commonly experienced by those organisations surveyed were site shutdown (65%), a surge in customer contact volume (58%), reduced workforce capacity (53%) and technology outages (30%).

- During the height of the lockdown, the biggest concern for most organisations was sustaining or maintaining pre-COVID levels of customer experience and satisfaction (65%), followed closely by maintaining employee engagement (approx. 63%) without daily contact.

- As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, organisations are now primarily concerned with employee productivity (58%) and workforce flexibility and scalability (56%). These concerns can likely be attributed to the velocity in the shift to remote working, which by necessity skipped the usual process development frameworks.

- About 94% of those organisations surveyed claim they would not be returning to "business as usual" once restrictions are lifted.

- Approximately, 64% will retain some aspects of remote-based operations and 31% will retain most of them.
Only 6% of respondents claimed that they would revert to their pre-COVID operations.

#contactcenterworld, @Genesys

Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
Source: https://prwire.com.au


About Genesys:
Company LogoGenesys® powers 25 billion of the world’s best customer experiences each year. Our success comes from connecting employee and customer conversations on any channel, every day. Over 10,000 companies in 100+ countries trust our #1 customer experience platform to drive great business outcomes and create lasting relationships. Combining the best of technology and human ingenuity, we build solutions that mirror natural communication and work the way you think. Our industry-leading solutions foster true omnichannel engagement, performing equally well across all channels, on-premise and in the cloud. Experience communication as it should be: fluid, instinctive and profoundly empowering.
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2024 Buyers Guide Cloud Contact Center Solutions

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1.) 
Premium Listing
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.

2.) 
Premium Listing
iNextrix Technologies

iCallify
iCallify: intelligent call center software is one of the most popular products offered by iNextrix. iCallify is developed using cutting edge technologies as well as the predictive sphere of artificial intelligence. This call center software has some intelligent features along with the standard features available in other call center solutions. Thus, it is truly an intelligent call center software solution.
This intelligent call center software is built to benefit all businesses, no matter what industry vertical they belong to. This call center software has features to empower different campaigns in different call centers and businesses.


3.) 
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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Adversus Dialer

Adverus Dialer
Adversus is a web-based dialer and practical CRM solution for telemarketing, fundraising, and appointment scheduling businesses.

5.) 
Alcor Consulting, Inc.

HoduCC/VoipCor
Omnichannel contact center platform which can be deployed on-premise, private cloud or public cloud subscription. Our contact center provides all of the modern features expected in a full contact center solution. Includes voice, SMS, chat, email, and social media integration. Built-in integrations for all major CRM's (Plus a built-in CRM). Survey module and QA module are also available.

6.) 
Allstream

Contact Center
Contact Center is a powerful tool that you can add to your unified communications (UC) solution to ensure you've always got the right resources available to both customers and employees, no matter the communication channel they're using — voice, email, web, chat or social.

Contact Center’s enhanced call routing and workforce management tools can help increase employee productivity. And with the advanced reporting and forecasting tools, you’ll be able to properly staff your contact center and enhance your customer experience.

It has everything you need to deliver superior customer and employee experience.

7.) 
Alvaria

Alvaria Cloud
Alvaria Cloud is the only enterprise cloud contact center solution that allows you to adopt best-of-breed Customer Experience (CX) and Workforce Engagement Management (WEM) applications modularly. Start with one or more applications and then add applications with ease when ready for additional capabilities, as your needs change. With the Alvaria Cloud Platform, you have the advantage of knowing that all provisioning, security, user management and other administrative tasks are already configured and in place.

8.) 
Alvaria

Noble Contact Center
Noble offers a modern communications platform for optimizing all customer interaction. Put Noble’s unified platform to work for you — building performance and productivity, improving the quality and effectiveness of customer contacts, and reducing costs. With the critical software technologies that contact centres need most, our solutions provide seamless integration to existing corporate environments, reduce your learning curve and protect your technology investments.

9.) 
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.

10.) 
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.

11.) 
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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12.) 
Brook Trout Solutions

CCaaS, SIP Trunking, SD WAN, Interconnectivity
Brook Trout Solutions provides Technology Guide services to help Contact Centers find the best possible solution for their business.
We represent the leaders for CCaaS, CPaaS, SD-WAN, SASE, SIP. We identify the best fit for our customers and help them manage the lifecycle of the customer engagement. We also have an excellent solution for mobile marketing and can raise call acceptance by more than 50% with a Next Generation caller ID for mobile phones.
We solve problems and give our customers time back to run their business. Give us a call we have world class expertise and resources that can help you build an exceptional customer experience.

13.) 
Callnfax

Voice & Video Services at the Speed of Business
CallnFax offers global virtual telephone numbers with Flat-Rate pricing, A-Z termination service with full CNAM support, and full-featured video meeting solutions. CallnFax has been delivering reliable solutions since 2009, accompanied with personalized customer support, designed for Call Centers, Contact Centers, and Global Enterprise.

14.) 
CallShaper

CallShaper
Welcome to CallShaper – Harnessing the Power of the Cloud for Greater Sales Efficiency
For sales-based call centers, where margins are so tight, it’s all about closing. Thanks to CallShaper, inbound or outbound call center directors can have a dynamic, highly flexible platform that enables sales agents to focus on making the sale.

Thanks to CallShaper’s flexibility, call center directors who are managing multiple vendors from multiple locations can have everything they need on one platform that offers 99.999% reliability. And when it comes to reporting, CallShaper has no equal in providing real-time transparency.

With CallShaper, clients quickly find that they are better able to manage efficiencies at the sales rep level – and make more money!

15.) 
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.

16.) 
ContactCenter4ALL

CC4Teams
Contact Center solutions; that is what we do! So we know, like no other, that integrating natively with Microsoft, making our solution available on the same screen is what your customer contact team needs. CC4Teams enhances Microsoft Teams with features and adds additional functionality to use Microsoft Teams as a complete Omni-ChannelContact Center solution.

For example, CC4Teams adds our proprietary drag and drop IVR (no code needed), ad-hoc or scheduled call recording, operator attendant, historical and real-time reporting (integrates with Microsoft PowerBi), wallboards, home workers, supervisor functionalities, and skilled based routing directly to Microsoft Teams.
The intuitive CC4...
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17.) 
Contaque

Contaque VERVE
Cloud or On-Premise? Elevate Customer Experience Either Way with Our Contact Center Solutions!

18.) 
Content Guru

𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗺®
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.

19.) 
Convoso

Convoso is the #1 dialer software for outbound lead gen/sales-related contact centers. Our cloud-based omnichannel solution solves the biggest frustrations call centers have with their dialer, including:

*Caller ID reputation
*Call flagging/blocking
*Low contact rates
*Limited insight into list performance
*Time wasted resetting lead lists
*Dropped calls
*Poor answering machine detection

Customers report dramatic increases in contact rates of up to 300%, delivering more conversions and significantly improved ROI.

20.) 
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.
 
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