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Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian...

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GENBAND Kandy Goes Public at Ruby Skye

Last night, GENBAND hosted a gala premiere at Ruby Skye in San Francisco for its official Kandy launch - the transitional solution...

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Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for...

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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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Credit Card Practices Hearing Today

April 30, 2008

Performance Management Stats

April 29, 2008

Performance management works, is the message of a report commissioned by performance management provider Enkata. The study, conducted by Precision Marketing Group, found that organizations leveraging performance management solutions are able to markedly improve customer satisfaction, service delivery and agent retention.

Highlights from the survey:

* Organizations using performance management systems to pinpoint coaching topics and automate coaching best practices are able to expect 65 percent more coaching time from their supervisors than organizations without a PM system.
* More than 70 percent of the respondents plan to focus on initiatives to better measure and impact customer satisfaction.
* Large organizations are moving more to sales-service operations. Of companies managing more than 1,000 agents in their operations, 80 percent expect agents to sell as well as provide service.

For more information, visit www.enkata.com/2008survey.

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IP Fairy Dust

April 24, 2008

Here's something you don't think about very often.

When connecting to the public telephone network in the U.S., many VoIP and wireless telephone companies are essentially "riding for free," since they are not transmitting sufficient identification information to allow the traditional carriers to charge them. Apparently, this is particularly hard on rural telephone companies, which make up to 29 percent of their revenue from inter-carrier compensation (carrying traffic for another company).

One such rural provider disdains the process. Ramond Henagan, General Manager of Missouri's Rock Port Telephone, stated that some VoIP providers have refused to pay access fees by saying the FCC has "given them permission to use the networks for free because they're IP," Henagan said.



Investment Alternatives

April 23, 2008

A NICE Summit

April 21, 2008

Microsoft Dynamics Unleashed

April 17, 2008

500 Call Center Jobs In Arkansas

April 15, 2008

Hosted Speech in the Call Center

April 14, 2008

Speech automation solutions used to be something only very large and technically sophisticated companies could afford, mostly due to the significant up-front capital expenditures required to purchase, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot the required (and very complex) infrastructure. Today, however, hosted speech solutions are allowing contact centers of all size to deploy and enjoy the many benefits of speech automation with less implementation time and investment .


Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 15th), I'll be moderating a Webinar at 2:00 pm EST entitled, "Deploying Speech Automation Using A Hosted Solution" that will discuss how a hosted solution puts speech within the reach of even modest-size contact centers.

Join myself and presenters from VoltDelta and Envox for this important Webinar. To register, click here.

TES






Black Holes On The Internet

April 11, 2008

Italian Call Center Doldrums

April 10, 2008

It seems that a new Italian film that is receiving rave reviews, "Tutta La Vita Davanti" (All Your Life Ahead of You) has a thing or two to say about life (or a job, anyway) in the call center. And it's not complimentary.

The protagonist is a young woman cannot find a suitable job upon graduation from university, so she turns to a call center job. The job itself, apparently, acts as a motif for hopelessness: a dead-end job for a dead-end life.

Ouch.

The plot, and the young woman's predicament, is intended to underscore the difficulties of modern life and employment for young people in Italy.

A review and a commentary of the film can be found here in the International Herald Tribune.

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