One thing I’ve learned as a product manager in the software industry is how absolutely critical it is to have test groups for your products, internally and externally as a beta group. The primary purpose of these test groups is to identify any defects or issues that would otherwise be a negative experience to our users. Part Four of a Five Part Series:Read
Successful communications networks are going to work when you can get as many people as possible to participate. Cloud oriented communications infrastructures are designed to allow mass participation and involve as many people as possible. This is what drives successful communications systems such as telephone and email to be interconnected.Read
Intrinsic to our system design is the concept of a cluster. InContact has two primary POPs or data centers, one in Los Angeles and one in Dallas. Both POPs and the facilities they are housed in are state of the art, providing power, cooling and security. A cluster will be designed with redundant components in each POP, ensuring service survivability in the event of local geographic disasters and outages. Our network, in turn, is designed with services that can operate out of either LAX or Dallas. The question that is often brought to me is &lsquoRead
My earliest recollection of interfacing with an at home agent was probably 5 years ago when calling Jet Blue reservation line for questions on a flight. I'm not sure I knew how they were at home — I think there was just buzz in the air about this somewhat new concept or I read an article. I was fascinated by the model as they employed part time workers (benefits optional) and agents like mothers who wanted to be home when their kids came home from school etc. . . .essentially they tapped a talent pool that would otherwise be unavailable if the contact center required them to come into a traditional contact center.Read
Process changes can be difficult to handle; and especially if they are unexpected. All too often communication is a forgotten necessity of the workforce management team. The purpose of this series is to help workforce management teams to get out of the silo, help their centers understand what workforce management does, and make it easier to implement schedule process changes. Part Three of a Five Part Series:Read
Just a few words on information resources. There is so much happening out there. Some of my favorite resources are:
Donna Fluss – DMG Consulting – These guys are the place to go for insight in to the issues, trends and technologies being deployed in the call center market.
InformationWeek is great place to go for IT technology news.Read
So, you’ve got your workforce strategy committee together. Now what? As previously mentioned, any little schedule tweak can cause a tidal wave. Why? Well, because, you’re impacting the lives of your agents’ and most often, they don’t get any say. Let’s change that.
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