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NFV Vendor Challenges Part 2

How will the software in NFV networks interact? Via a Management and Orchestration (MANO) layer.

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Rapport Open APIs Increase Employee Productivity

By: Richard Hatheway, Director, Enterprise Communications Product Marketing, Rapport for Large Enterprise, Alcatel-Lucent

What is one of the biggest factors affecting employee productivity today? Recent studiesby the National Business Research Institute and the Pew Research Center indicate that not having the right technology tools to do their jobs is one of the most critical. From something as simple as having a cell phone to as advanced as having a customized app, having the right tool provides employees with a productivity boost.

Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos. In addition, being locked in to one technology vendor often stymies the enterprise from being able to update the tools necessary to increase employee productivity.

For instance, something as simple as developing and deploying a new app is often a frustrating experience, as the enterprise must submit a request to the technology vendor for a new app to be developed, then wait until the vendor adds it to their development queue before finding out when to expect it. This often takes months, if not longer.

In the meantime, instead of waiting for the new app, many employees take the “shadow IT” route. They download rogue (i.e., non-IT-supported) apps that will allow them to move forward with at least some of the functionality they seek, even without IT support. While this work-around may provide some degree of productivity enhancement for the employee, wouldn’t it be better if the enterprise was able to either plug in existing best-of-breed third-party apps or develop and deploy its own apps without having to wait for a vendor to become involved?

Alcatel-Lucent thinks so, which is one of the reasons our new solution, Rapport™ for Large Enterprise, is generating so much interest. Rapport is a private cloud-based communications and collaboration solution designed specifically for the large enterprise.

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Versay Solutions Moves to Support the Omnichannel World

A company known for professional services in the contact center – Chicago-based Versay Solutions has more recently applied its skills in analytics...

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Splice Software Uses the Power of Analytics to Expand its Product Line

Big data and analytics have had a huge impact on numerous spaces and certainly marketing is one of these areas. Perhaps the...

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Jet.com The .Good the .Bad and the .Ugly

The .GoodI’ve been using Jet.com for a few weeks and so far I have found the selection to be about 20-30% of...

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VoicePIN Voice Biometrics Brings New Tech to Phone and Apps

The biometrics market has been around for decades but never achieved widespread acceptance until after Apple rolled out TouchID. Laptop makers...

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Lasers are the Future of Drone Fighting

I’ve been among the first people to realize how drones can be a major problem for security in the world. In February...

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To Be Secure, Go Home

January 7, 2009

The reality is that security is stronger at home offices and data is better protected than in conventional contact centers because in part, and ironically, there is more control of home agents than of contact center agents. In fact if you want the best security, you should send your programs home....

Cooperating Contact Centers To Cut Costs, Keep Staff Productive (and Employed)

December 30, 2008

Here is one way to cut costs, increase utilization, and in doing so keeping contact center teams employed in these tough times and that is to seek cooperation with other similar operations and either share capacity or go into together on a joint center (s).Along the same route, if your organization is an enterprise, why not donate any spare capacity to small locally-based charity or fundraising campaign, tax laws permitting.

Is Nortel's Future In The Clouds?

December 22, 2008

If any firm can make enterprise-scaled hosting possible, and to make licensed premise software and bolted hardware practices of the past it is Nortel. Only Nortel has both the carrier-and-enterprise-grade engineering and expertise to make this happen.

Sometimes there is justice...

December 18, 2008

Kudos to the U.S. justice system, which has given lengthy jail times to three Canadians convicted in a multimillion dollar telemarketing scam. Kudos too to the Federal Reserve Board, the National Credit Union Administration, and the U.S. Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) for cracking down on another credit card 'scam': the customer-hostile practices of card issuers

Nortel, if it stays, will stay and grow in enterprise, contact center space

December 17, 2008

Rest assured customers and would-be buyers of Nortel's contact center and UC solutions. The famed Canada-based communications solutions supplier is not going to hang up on you. If Canadian media reports are any indication, Nortel will increase its focus and presence on the enterprise--including contact center--markets.

With Web 2.0 Be Prepared For Brickbats As Well As (the Few) Bouquets

December 15, 2008

A recent Wall Street Journal article on Web 2.0 brought home a key point for firms wanting to present themselves to this evolving and morphing mélange of business and social networking sites, of blogs and wikis in their CRM strategies: be prepared for the bad as well as the good.

Dell: homeshore your contact centers and drop the U.S. handling fee

December 12, 2008

If Dell had done just that--announced that it is bringing its customer care management literally back home to American agents--which would allow many to keep their homes by avoiding commuting costs and deducting home office costs--it would have been lauded rather than laughed at.

Teleservices Expansion with 'TLC'

December 11, 2008

Amidst all the economic doom and gloom, including contact center closures it is very rewarding to see teleservices companies expand. One of these, and one which truly deserves to grow, is Thomas L. Cardella & Associates (TLC&A). It has been for the past new months expanding existing and opening new contact centers in Coralville, Cedar Rapids, Keokuk, and Marshalltown, Iowa. It also has at-home agents.

StarTek's Canada Closure: Can't See the People For The Cubes

December 10, 2008

StarTek is, as the media reported closing its Regina, Saskatchewan contact center in March 2009, citing the province's booming economy and other contact centers soaking up the labor pool.Yet I wonder: did StarTek ever consider setting up at-home agent programs outside of Regina...Did it look at the alternative of satellite (10-12-24 agent) centers in the many smaller cities across Saskatchewan

mCommerce + eCommerce = Retail Success

December 8, 2008

Forget home and business computers. mCommerce is the killer app for eCommerce, and together it will enable retailers to be successful now and going forward provided it is fully integrated with the stores.
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