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Nuance Brings Artificial Intelligence to the Omnichannel World

The robots aren’t coming, they are here is all I could think of today as I mulled over my notes from a...

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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Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos.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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New Facilities For Convergys

January 25, 2007

Entellium Honored By Frost & Sullivan

January 24, 2007

Targus Expects Strong Growth For 2007

January 22, 2007

TARGUSinfo, which provides both lists and what it calls on-demand lead verification, today issued a release that the company "anticipates another year of 'meteoric gains' for the affiliate marketing industry and is poised to help these companies with a solution that scales easily with their explosive growth."

Why?

Overall Internet advertising is expected to grow by 13.4 percent in 2007, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau, and affiliate marketing – the generation of sales and leads through advertising on others’ sites – is positioned to take on an even larger role within the expansion of the overall advertising market.

“I think we can expect another year of meteoric gains for affiliate marketing,” says Shawn Collins, the co-founder of the Affiliate Summit and one of the industry’s foremost experts. Collins also notes that 2005-06 holiday spending growth was 26 percent, and he expects affiliate programs to also increase with this uptick.

“The biggest challenge in the coming year for affiliate marketing is for the positive forces in the industry to dispose of the garbage in the space, including using better lead verification from the likes of TARGUSinfo,” Collins says.




Teleperformance Makes German Acquisition

January 19, 2007

Teleperformance SA and United Internet AG have signed a share purchase agreement relating to the acquisition by Teleperformance of 100 percent of the shares of twenty4help Knowledge Service AG, a European provider of technical support and help desk services.

twenty4help is the current European leading company in technical support and help desk with a consolidated turnover of more than 100 million euros. The company operates in European countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Sweden, Spain, Poland and the Czech Republic and offers technical support in 22 languages.

At the closing date, the acquisition will be paid in cash by Teleperformance for a consideration of approx 85 million euros. According to Teleperformance, the operation is the first step of its 2007 external growth plan.

Web Site Security

January 18, 2007

Anyone ever had this happen before? This is new to me.

At lunchtime, I visited Citibank's Citicards Web site to check my balance and see if my Vonage and NetFlix charges were posted yet, so I can pay my card balance off.

The moment I arrived on Citicard's Web site, however, Firefox (my browser) popped a message on me that it had been reported that the site was being hijacked by fraudsters, and warned me not to enter any personal information (user name and password) onto the site, because it could be used by criminals. I retried three times and received the same message each time before I gave up. This afternoon, the message was gone and I was able to successfully log in to my account.

I'm not sure if the problem was truly with the CitiCard site, or whether it was Firefox being overzealous.





New GM for Onyx

January 17, 2007

Mercado Improves E-Commerce

January 16, 2007

E-merchandising company Mercado today announced the launch of Mercado 4.0 – a solution the company is positioning as a "new generation of intelligent e-Commerce." According to the company, version 4.0 combines the best site search and navigation technologies with sophisticated merchandising and actionable reporting. It can provides e-commerce merchandising managers with the knowledge, tools and control that they need to immediately obtain maximum return on their online retail site.


Merchandising managers can deploy auto-ranking formulas that self optimize product ranking according to dynamic metrics such as inventory levels, conversion rates and product freshness. Mercado 4.0 automates the process of aggregating and analyzing data and affecting changes to e-commerce site behavior, helping save time and ensuring information is acted on according to a company’s formulas and merchandising campaigns.

Technology's Watchful Eye

January 16, 2007

Executive Pay Lunacy

January 3, 2007

Did you read about the resignation of Home Depot's CEO, Robert Nardelli today? It appears that activist shareholders are being pesky and want to know why Home Depot sends all its profits home in ridiculous levels of executive pay while stock prices are flagging. So...to quell those ludicrous executive pay accusations, the company is letting Nardelli walk with essentially $210 million dollars. The New York Times reports that, "Under an agreement with the company, Mr. Nardelli will receive a severance payment of about $210 million, an amount that includes cash, the acceleration of unvested stock awards and options, bonus payments and incentive awards and various benefit programs.

Canadians Buying Online Less Than Americans

December 22, 2006

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