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Industry Research : Three-Quarters of Contact Centers That Moved to the Cloud Did So During the Pandemic, Here's What They're Expecting Next

#contactcenterworld, @Calabrio

Calabrio, a customer experience intelligence company, uncovered new data regarding contact centers that shifted operations to the cloud during the pandemic.

In a study entitled State of the Contact Center 2021: Cloud is Here. What’s Next?, the company found that a majority of businesses that adopted cloud platforms in the last 12 months believe they are leveraging their cloud investments to their full potential. This includes using cloud-based platforms to enable a remote workforce, sharing critical information across teams more easily, and collaborating and managing agent productivity. The survey of 273 contact center leaders digs into the cloud’s full potential and identifies the next shift for the cloud-smart contact center.

Among all respondents, three-quarters of managers agreed that moving to a cloud-based infrastructure allows organizations to be more strategic and business-oriented, even throughout the pandemic. The pandemic was clearly a catalyst for cloud migration, as two-thirds of contact center migrations to the cloud – full or partial – occurred in the past year.

"In response to the pandemic, brands resorted to defensive strategies to survive. The migration to the cloud was a product of those strategies. However, now that contact centers have evolved and the industry looks to the future, companies are realizing they have a new weapon at their disposal. With cloud solutions integrated into their contact centers, brands can be more proactive, strategic and offensive-minded in 2021. While the migration to the cloud was meant to keep brands’ floors intact, cloud-based solutions will now allow them to push their ceilings higher than they imagined," said Tom Goodmanson, president and CEO of Calabrio.


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Nearly three-quarters of contact centers in this study now use a partially or fully integrated cloud solution, yet half of the respondents still feel limited by their current solution and are looking to introduce new or alternative cloud-based platforms that add value to their current architecture. This suggests that while many contact centers believe they are leveraging their cloud solution to its full potential, there is still room for just as many brands to grow.

Other key takeaways from the study show that the next phase of cloud transformation will enable companies to be more strategic, for example:

  • Growing Reliance on Analytics with an Openness to Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Half of contact center managers believe that moving to the cloud has improved their ability to use intelligent analytics to manage the business, including insights to support agent and customer interactions. Contact centers running in the cloud are also more likely to trust AI (75%) than their on-premises counterparts (61%).

  • Creating Employee Engagement – Today, 60% of contact centers believe the cloud has increased employee satisfaction and engagement within the organization. According to one manager, securely storing customer account data in the cloud has made it easier for employees to access information across the organization regardless of their location.

  • Ability to Innovate and Adopt New Tools – Contact center managers who have fully adopted cloud platforms are more open to trying new tools as they navigate their digital transformation. For example, 56% are more willing to try social tools, 55% are more willing to try business intelligence software, and 47% are more willing to try new chatbot technologies.

  • Seeing is Believing – For those that have transitioned to the cloud, the experience has created a positive outlook on the new technology and they are more likely to see the additional benefits of the cloud over those with on-premises solutions. For instance, over half of contact center managers with integrated cloud solutions believe they have positively impacted employee and customer data analysis.

Evan Kirstel, B2B technology thought leader concluded, "The benefits of the cloud contact center are so numerous that it is now impossible to overlook them. That is why more and more companies are adopting this model. Many are driven by the urgent need to embrace digital transformation, others a need to be more flexible to adapt to the post-pandemic landscape. A cloud platform is the most obvious choice in almost any circumstance. It provides higher security, improves efficiency, allows for faster business process optimization and supports digital transformation initiatives."

#contactcenterworld, @Calabrio


About Calabrio:
Company LogoCalabrio, 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.
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2021 Buyers Guide Inbound Call Handling Services

 
1.) 
2Ring

2Ring Gadgets for Cisco Finesse
2Ring Gadgets for Cisco Finesse, offered in three bundles (standard, enhanced, premium), empowers supervisors and enables agents to become more efficient.

Supervisors are able to handle everyday tasks on their own from within Cisco Finesse: reskill agents, view detailed information about agents and customer interactions in real-time, receive alerts about important call center events (RONA, Calls in Queue, ..), send messages to agents, or even change wallboards on the fly. Be flexible to provide help when needed.

Agents gain all the features that they need to serve customers faster - repetitive tasks are automated, alerts about important call center events pop-up on top of all the appli...
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2.) 
3Fiftynine

Branches
Calls are received by the right person or department. The right corresponding information is shown to the agent which makes that appointments are handled quicker and more secure.

3.) 
Agara

Agara is an autonomous virtual voice agent powered by Real-time Voice AI. It is designed to have intelligent conversations with your customers, vendors, and partners without any assistance from human agents. It can handle a wide variety of calls including inbound customer care calls, outbound lead generation calls, appointment scheduling calls, and overdue payment recovery calls.

Agara is available for several industries including banking, insurance, retail, e-commerce, airlines, and telecom. Powered by advanced Real-time Voice AI that understands speech in real-time, automatically determines the right process to follow and guides the caller along in the process with natural conversation.

4.) 
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.

5.) 
Connect Assist

Contact Centre Services
We’re a specialist Contact Centre business and market leaders helping socially focused organisations deliver quality support to their clients and service users. We do this by providing 24/7 helplines, software solutions and consultancy services.

Since launching in 2006, we’ve operated at the sharp end of customer service, supporting some of society’s most vulnerable people. We’ve pioneered in our space to become a specialist in helplines, whilst using the most advanced communication and database technologies available.

Our social mission has remained a constant throughout, providing many meaningful career prospects and growth opportunities to people within our local communities and fur...
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6.) 
Jointly International Inc.

Front Office Solutions
Front office is your Company’s first line of customer interaction and serves as the mirror of your business. Focus on your core business and let our competent staff handle your various front office needs such as:

* Customer Service via chat, email or phone
* Technical Support via chat, email or phone
* Helpdesk
* Virtual Assistant/Receptionist
* Answering Service
* Lead Generation
* Appointment Setting
* Verification
* Surveys
* Debt Recover, Collections

7.) 
MattsenKumar LLC

Contact Center Outsourcing
By catering valuable, usable and enjoyable customer service, businesses can increase their CSAT Score and Customer Retention Rate. We help organizations to provide quality customer service through varied channels like email, phone and live chat. Ensuring quality after-sales support is our USP and we rely on proven approaches to ensure quality customer service.

8.) 
OpsTel Services

SPEED
The SPEED solution solves for service level issues while cost optimizing the environment with automation.

Provides an enhanced way to speed up & optimize invoking temporary agent skills configuration changes into the contact center environment.

Speed allows you to schedule both future changes & temporary changes that auto-revert back to the original state when scheduled time expires.

Speed features:

*Automated / Scheduled Temporary Agent Skills Configuration Management
*Immediate Temporary or Reoccurring Schedule Skills Configuration Changes
*Easy to Use/Operations Administration Focused
*Descriptive Monitoring Activity Dashboard
*Detailed “End to End’ Audit Trail and Performance Monitoring

9.) 
Vads

VADS Inbound Contact Center
VADS Inbound Contact Center Services provide live operators who answer incoming calls as you would yourself. A team of professional script writers is available to help you script a greeting and experience programmers will set up a time and money saving program. Our unique approach to call center services is client-focused, and takes each project’s unique needs into account to our client’s satisfaction. We offer solution as part of our service to keep you in touch with your client and drive sales.

- Customer Service
- Walk In Center
- Service Desk

10.) 
Technosys IT Management

Customer Support
Technosys IT Management Bpo, the business process Outsourcing, gives end-to-end transformative administrations for its customers over the globe. The organization's coordinated IT and BPO arrangements approach empowers it to open business esteem crosswise over ventures and administration lines, and address business challenges for its customers. Using inventive business perfection structures, progressing profitability changes, process reengineering, mechanization, and front line innovation stages, Technosys IT Management empowers its customers to accomplish their cost diminishment goals, enhance process efficiencies, upgrade viability, and convey unrivaled client encounter

11.) 
Tru29 Outsource Solutions Inc.

Front Office Solutions
Any part of your business operations that requires constant end-customer facing task is an essential part of your business.

This task requires a good customer experience results for every customer interaction. Our extensive experience in handling Front Office related tasks can help you focus on your core business while being cost-efficient at the same time.
 

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