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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Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos.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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Bell Deal to 'Take A Walk In The Snow'?

November 26, 2008

Whether the LBO proceeds or not, Bell, even though it is fairly good shape, will be under pressure to merge, and so will its competitors, to expand markets and cut costs arguably truly only possible by becoming integrated coast-to-coast-to-coast 4G wireless/IP landline carriers

Proposal Software Simplifies RFP and RFI Responses

November 25, 2008

Responding to requests for proposals (RFPs) and requests for information (RFIs) can be a time-consuming pain in the netherparts. So when I came across a report on the latest version of Proposal Software's PMAPS ® 2008 RFP/RFI management application I smiled: there is help at last for firms like my old teleservices company.

Taking The Lead Out of Economic Doldrums

November 24, 2008

It is a welcome sign that the Obama Administration is tech savvy, which will encourage development of new technologies and methods that will help contact centers, and all other business functions and sectors, become even more productive and efficient. Our sector has to do our part, instead of relying totally on government. Fortunately the business cases for adopting IP, telework and speech rec especially are powerful, and if deployed on a widespread basis could lower costs while improving productivity sufficiently to pull us out of the doldrums.

Aid For Unemployed Contact Center, Communications Pros

November 14, 2008

My employer, TMC, is a great family of people, and it is out of concern for individuals and families in these trying times that my boss, Group Publisher Rich Tehrani, is inviting those who wish to get their name and skills out there to blog for TMCnet.com, a leading communications/telecom site according to Alexa, Quantcast, and other ranking services.

Rx for Nortel?

November 13, 2008

Nortel can't keep attriting itself, and spinning or attempt to spin off its assets. At some point it has to step outside of its skin, look at it as others see it (which few companies do, lest they see some unwelcome truths, which is why this exercise is invaluable), assess its strengths and weaknesses in current and future market, and radically re-focus itself.

Wanted: A New Customer Service Solution

November 11, 2008

The recent Forrester Research Customer Service Software Solution WAVE™ Q4 2008 study points to a strong need for a new customer service solution: one that bridges the three silos of interaction-, record-, and process-centric customer service products.That's your challenge, solutions vendors. When you come up with a proven, reliable application to meet what Forrester is calling for, let me know, and in doing so we'll let the world know.

When Buying Solutions Look at Corporate Stability

October 28, 2008

Should there be a section in the report on the vendors' financial and legal stability? That has a big impact on whether the technology will deliver the goods; if the suppliers has gone belly-up who will be there to support the solutions and keep them updated?

Syntellect Acquires Envox

October 21, 2008

The Syntellect/Envox deal appears to be an excellent and complementary match of two fine companies. Envox brings to Syntellect's table a global reach and technology heft, not to mention a $16 million per annum revenue stream. The menu of Envox's powerful communications platform, IVR, CTI, and Voice XML tools may well enhance Syntellect's flagship Customer Interaction Management suite.

Attention Outsourcers and Clients: It's The Service, S*****

October 9, 2008

The underlying issue is quality. Teleservices companies have historically been the 'teleprofessionals': the experts with the expertise to deliver high quality customer care and acquisition at low costs. Yet too many teleservices outfits have dropped the ball for reasons both preventable i.e. greed, incompetence, lack of attention to detail, underpricing, and understandable: limited resources, overly demanding clients, costly new technologies with long-burn ROIs, and offshore and onshore competition.

IP-enabled iPhone: The Ultimate Contact Center Handset?

September 25, 2008

Imagine being able to take and make calls, receive e-mails, IMs, and SMS, and at the same time manage web-enabled applications like hosted CRM and workforce management in a convenient, go-anywhere, user-friendly wireless appliance.What are firms like Apple, and they and other practical geniuses who can box and package proven technologies waiting for?
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