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Empirix Tests Siebel

April 19, 2005

Empirix has integrated Hammer Service Assurance for Siebel and e-Load with Siebel 7.7 Business Applications. Empirix's Hammer Service Assurance for Siebel ensures end-to-end contact center application performance under real-world conditions. Empirix's e-Load is an automated performance testing solution for Web-based applications. Siebel Systems' multichannel offerings allow organizations to intelligently manage and coordinate all customer interactions across the Web, contact center, field sales/service force, branch/retail network and indirect and partner distribution channels.

Amazon Feedback

April 12, 2005

I ordered a $15 Firewire cable for a new video recorder. I ordered the wrong cable as it turns out. Interestingly this order was placed by an affiliate of Amazon and when I tried to ask if I could exchange it a few e-mails went unanswered.

A few weeks later Amazon sent me a survey asking me if I was satisfied with my order. My response was that the vendor didn’t respond to my two e-mails.

Dictaphone Sells Recording Business

April 12, 2005

Dictaphone Corporation announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with NICE Systems under which NICE will acquire the assets of Dictaphone’s Communication Recording Systems (CRS) business for $38.5 million. The CRS unit is a leading provider of recording systems for 9-1-1 centers and other mission-critical operations in the public safety, financial, and call center markets. The boards of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction, which is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2005, subject to certain closing conditions.

Dictaphone’s sale of the CRS unit is part of its strategy to create a company focused principally on the healthcare information technology market. Dictaphone’s Healthcare Solutions Group deploys dictation, transcription and speech recognition software systems in over half of the hospitals in the U.S. Its solutions automate critical elements in the creation and management of health information, helping healthcare organizations improve productivity and the quality of patient care.

“For several years, we have experienced strong growth and developed an industry leading product portfolio based on speech recognition and natural language processing technologies in our healthcare business,” said Rob Schwager, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dictaphone Corporation.



ATA Washington Summit

April 10, 2005

This is the draft schedule of events for the ATA (American Teleservices Association) Regulatory event I am speaking at soon. As you can see, I will be speaking with Chris Hodges from Noble Systems, Larry Mark from SER, Jason Pace from Stratasoft, and Paul Stockford of Saddletree Research) on Monday, April 18th, 2005.

I will be addressing the future of the contact center with my esteemed panelists. I have lost of creative ideas on this subject and have promised to get my presentation to the ATA by tomorrow. Trouble is, it is an incredibly beautiful day and I am debating playing hooky today.

Indian Call Center Fraud

April 9, 2005

In this New York Times article, something we have written about in Customer Interaction Solutions has finally happened. Customer records were acquired by some call center workers and this information was used to withdraw money from the accounts of unsuspecting customers. In this case the company in question is CitiBank who outsourced their work to India's Mphasis BPO.

Excerpts from the article:

Reacting to the news, a cyber law expert said the monitoring system in Indian companies needed to improve.

"This crime is a wake-up call," said Pavan Duggal, an advocate in India's Supreme Court. "There is an urgent need for far more due diligence in Indian outsourcing companies than is being currently done."
He said not all companies fully comply with the Indian Information Technology Act, which requires companies to introduce strict procedures for data protection.






The challenge companies have when outsourcing is how to assure the laws in other countries are on par with the US.



True Sound Lounge

April 2, 2005

I just visited what may be the future of web sites. I am still reeling from how incredible the experience has been. A site called True Sound Lounge is sponsored by Sennheiser the company that makes a variety of headphones from noise canceling to wireless and headsets that are aimed at call centers.

Sennheiser also makes high-end audio equipment and the site shows off the array of products the company offers in a slick manner that really appeals to the consumer – especially the younger crowd. I think these interactive characters will find their way into more consumer and finally corporate websites in the future.

It is obvious that you lose search engine optimization points with a non-text based approach such as this so I envision these sorts of characters and interactive rooms as additions to text sites or as alternative site to reach a market in a different way or with a slightly different spin.



Not So Dumb Terminal

March 30, 2005

The cyclical nature of the computer market is intriguing. When I first got my engineering degree from UCONN, the computer than most of the school was an IBM system 360-370 and we had to program on an OS called MVS and use dumb terminals. My memories are a bit cloudy – similar to how some repress pain or anguish. As I write this article I get that feeling you get when you have that dream – you know the one, where you are running to get to a final but haven’t been to class all semester so you don’t know where it is.

The only thing worse than how you feel when you wake up from such a dream is using an IBM mainframe in batch processing mode.

Customers Get Revenge on Call Centers

March 28, 2005

Gryphon Tackles Do-Not-Call

March 22, 2005

Gryphon Networks, announced today its integrated management platform called the Integrated Compliance and Contact Management Platform (ICCMP). The platform is designed to help customers achieve regulatory compliance, increase sales productivity, improve marketing effectiveness and tap into new markets, thereby creating a competitive advantage. In this case the regulatory compliance has to do with the do-not-call list.

"The ability to maintain compliance and at the same time fully leverage marketing and sales investments to most productively implement direct sales campaigns has proven to be an enormous challenge for most companies in an increasingly restrictive and complex regulatory environment," said Keith Fotta, CEO and president of Gryphon Networks. "What we offer is a unique value proposition encompassing a fully integrated modular and network-delivered platform solution suite that achieves both objectives, while enabling companies to fully saturate existing markets and tap into new markets, thereby creating a distinct competitive advantage."

Gryphon Networks' platform solution eliminates compliance risk and enables companies to replenish lost qualified prospects with patented, automatic preference management technology.



Veraz in Call Centers

March 22, 2005

Veraz announced it has a call center compression solution using VoIP. The solution is based on Veraz’s I-Gate 4000 family of media gateways that can compress at ratios up to 12 to 1 for voice, enabling major savings in bandwidth costs while maintaining high toll-quality voice expected by multi-national corporations. Moreover, internal redundancy features guarantees the continuation of voice calls, fax and modem traffic under any network or system failure offering with five-nines system availability demanded from carrier-grade systems. Finally, the in-band management of the multi-site I-Gate 4000 gateways from a centralized site allows for significant savings on operational costs.

Why this is important? Veraz is company that also focuses on service providers.

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