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Why E-Mail Sucks and How to Make it Smarter

Many of us live in email. I get hundreds per day and I need almost every message. I am also a source...

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The Contact Center's Seemingly Oxymoronic Play: How to Decrease Costs Yet Improve Customer Service

I was recently asked to talk to some of our many contact center customers about the new contact center trends.  It...

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The New Facet of Customer Experience Management - Field Service 2.0

By: Rhodo Odysseos, Product/Solution Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent, and Jess Verbruggen, Motive Integrated Marketing Assistant, Alcatel-Lucent

Traditionally, communications service providers (CSPs) have treated the field service aspect of their organization as a cost center. Field technicians engaged in maintenance activities were simply a part of the cost of doing business.  More recently, the communications industry in general and the field service arena in particular, has been disrupted by immense changes in the customer profile, service expectations, and behaviors.

Field service is often the only face of the company that a customer will ever see, so it’s not a surprise that CSPs are striving to make a positive impact on customers in this realm. Achieving full potential in field service saves CSPs a lot of time and money. Productivity and efficiency reviews targeted at field service operations, done correctly, can reinforce other areas of the business by increasing customer satisfaction and improving safety and quality. 

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Amazon Fire Phone Should be a Laptop

I’ve written a lot of headlines in my life but this one is among the oddest. Why on earth does a phone...

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Apple Pay Vs. Google Wallet

Replacing credit cards can likely only be done if the new system is dead-easy to use and it moreover has to be...

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Signaling Offers Great Differentiation for Mobile Value-Added Service Offerings

We’ve all heard that some Value Added Services (VAS) revenue such as Short Message Service (SMS) are starting to decline in...

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Birdstep Improves Wireless User Experience, Reduces Churn

A smartphone user can get tripped up easily when in motion as today’s smartphones look for WiFi networks to connect to and...

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Star Trek XI

August 4, 2006

Onyx Says "I Do"

August 2, 2006

Only days after finally fending off unwanted advances from would-be acquierer CDC, Onyx Software has offered its and to its preferred suitor, M2M Holdings Inc., the holding company that is jointly owned by Battery Ventures VI, L.P. and Thoma Cressey Equity Partners and whose primary asset is Made2Manage Systems Inc. (and you thought your company name was a mouthful).

For more info, see David Sims' article of this morning: http://news.tmcnet.com/news/-onyx-m2m-crm-/2006/08/02/1764983.htm

It's interesting to note that Thoma Cressey Equity Partners' name appears to be popping up all over the enterprise business communication solutions marketplace as of late and appears to have secured a great deal of pocket change in the form of VC money.

Heat Insanity

August 1, 2006

Friday marks the 114th anniversary of the mysterious and unsolved axe murders of Andrew and Abby Borden, the father and step-mother of the infamous Fall River, Massachusetts spinster, Lizzie Borden, who has always been suspected of doing the deed, but was acquitted at the time (and in mock trails since) for a complete lack of evidence. (Conspiracy theories abound on this topic.)

Sources say New England was experiencing a deadly heatwave during the days surrounding the 4th of August, 1892.

With the temperature topping 100 here in Connecticut today, and the heat index up near 110, all I can say is that were I forced to wear a corset, a corset cover, a camisole, a shirt, a bodice, leg-o-mutton sleeves, a long skirt, stockings and lace-up boots on a day like today and in a house with no fans or air-conditioning, I'd probably contemplate a murder or two, as well.

Internet Paid Content

August 1, 2006

Posts To My Blog

July 21, 2006

Every once in a while, I need to visit the comments section of this blog and clear it out. It seems I need to do it more often. I expect the proliferation of spam to the blog...that's easy to spot. Lots of companies selling mobile phones, SIM cards and accessories will spam.

Call Center Confusion For Medicare

July 19, 2006

CRM, salesforce automation, knowledge management and quality management all exist for a very good reason: to avoid creating nightmare scenarios like the one the U.S. government and the call centers it has contracted have made over the Medicare Plan D.

This article reveals that calls to different call centers about the Medicare Plan will garner radically different and conflicting responses, and not a single call center tested has been able to offer correct answers much more than half of the time.

No wonder today's seniors are confused over the Medicare Plan. It's hard not to become confused when you aren't starting with the correct information to begin with.

AOL To Go Free?

July 17, 2006

AOL To Go Free?

July 17, 2006

Verint Acquires Mercom

July 14, 2006

Stone Age Faxing

July 12, 2006

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