25 May 2017

LIVE WEBINAR: The Contact Center of the Future: Customer Engagement with Facebook

Written by Christopher Liko, Posted in Webinars

JUNE 14, 2017 - 1PM EST - 60 MINUTES

Once upon a time, a contact center was a call center. Customer service was provided exclusively over the phone and was considered the ideal way to communicate with customers. At some point, the call center became a contact center. Since then, the definition of a call center has expanded to include email, instant messaging, SMS, and, most recently, social media.

Many businesses understand the value of providing customer service through social media channels. However, these same businesses often lack the expertise to effectively leverage social media tools. These tools are isolated from the contact center, lacking a unified vision between marketing and customer service activities. In order to maximize the effectiveness of social media, it needs to be integrated into the omnichannel customer experience provided via the contact center.

We all know that Facebook is the largest social media platform in the world, hosting nearly 2 billion active users, which represents one quarter of the world’s population. Facebook interactions occur by the millions, and many of these interactions slip through the cracks. What if your contact center could monitor thousands of posts, comments and replies? What if your agents could be notified instantly of posts regarding specific keywords or pages? What if you could enable personal conversations with your customers on Facebook without ever leaving the contact center? In this webinar, we are going to discuss the possibilities of using Facebook in the contact center.

22 February 2017

Enterprise Connect 2017, March 27-30, Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center.

Written by Martin Borowski, Posted in Events, ComputerTalk

Join Us!

Enterprise Connect provides the comprehensive analysis and in-depth sessions you need, covering Unified Communications, Mobility, SIP Trunking, Cloud, Video, Collaboration, WebRTC and more.

 

 

We would like to meet you there: Setup a meeting with us here.

Date: March 27-30, 2017
Location: Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

Learn More: http://www.enterpriseconnect.com

08 December 2014

Skype Video – now a supported modality in ice Contact Center for Lync

Written by Martin Borowski, Vivian Pow, Posted in Contact Center, Skype, Unified Communications, ComputerTalk, Microsoft

Microsoft just released a new version of Skype, which delivers Skype and [LYNC] videos. ice is [LYNC] native, so new features that Microsoft add to [LYNC] and Skype would work with ice, with little to no customization or tweaking required.

We have just verified that Skype video calls is another modality that ice can handle! Benefits are that we can support video calls into ice from skype users as well as Lync users. This means that video support is much less esoteric than it was before, since now any Skype user (assuming they roll the change out to the rest of the clients) is going to be able to call into ice with video.

For a demo, sign up at www.computer-talk.com/demo-request

03 December 2014

Introducing the iceJournal tool in the newest version of ice!

Written by Vivian Pow, Posted in Contact Center, ComputerTalk

Having an integrated view of your contact center metrics could mean large cost and time savings for your contact center. One that is responsively designed for mobile devices provides an even greater value-add, ensuring that your team leads and supervisors have access to valuable information while on the go, via a secure internet connection.

iceJournal is ComputerTalk's answer to the market demand for an integrated interaction viewer.  iceJournal will be a part of the latest release of ice (Intelligent Communications Exchange) contact center.

iceJournal is a browser-based tool that provides the ability to search for interactions by queue, user, contact type, date range and other criteria. Contact details are shown when a particular record is selected.

Using iceJournal, you can:

  • Search for recorded and in-progress contacts.
  • Display details on selected contact. A contact can be voice (Skype, Lync, phone), email, IM, video, or Tweet.
  • Listen to recordings, read emails, and read transcripts of instant messages. Interactions from the same person are listed together.
  • A team lead, supervisor or administrator can evaluate the handling user’s performance on the selected contact.

Some screenshots:

Desktop view: search results

ice8 journal

Tablet view - Viewing an evaluation

ice8 journal

Smartphone view - Details view of an interaction

ice8 journal

08 May 2013

Showcasing Microsoft Lync 2013 on Office 365 cloud

Written by Martin Borowski, Posted in Lync, Unified Communications, Microsoft

At the recent Lync release Derek Burney (Corporate VP, Microsoft Lync & Microsoft Office Data) took the center stage showcasing Microsoft Lync 2013 fully running on Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365. This integration will be implemented across the service within the next 18 months.

Here are the highlights of the items demonstrated at the release event:





  • The ease with which a new user can be added to an Office 365 account with whatever Office application license.

  • Using Lync on array of mobile clients. Starting obviously with a Windows phone to Android and iPhones. He expressed that the client retains its “Lync-ness” while still adapting to the design of each mobile operating system. Creating ease of use and comfort.

  • Discussion of Lync Web app for browsers. Allowing any user join a meeting from a PC or Mac browser

  • WebRTC – the Web Real Time Communication and the premise to support this exciting initiative in the near future once standard is ratified

  • Focus on moving Microsoft Lync into the conference room. Using two large touch-screen displays, Burney demonstrated how with single-touch to join a meeting and then designate one screen to video and the other to electronic virtual whiteboard. This allowed for note taking of the meeting eliminating the need to take pictures of the old-fashioned whiteboard.

While the demo wasn’t groundbreaking, the overall delivery signified the fulfillment of the vision Microsoft had for Lync. They have delivered a UC system that can provide voice as well as IM/Presence, video, desktop sharing and overall all elements of modern communications system. It can run on all the major platforms whether desktop or mobile and now is moving into conference rooms. The success and popularity of Microsoft Lync keeps on growing and enhancing.

Contact us if you need help implementing Microsoft Lync and Office 365 with your contact center.

22 April 2013

Can UC improve your business?

Written by Martin Borowski, Posted in Unified Communications

Are you BYOD ready?

How can Unified Communications (UC) actually improve a business?  Chris Griffith shares specifics on how UC helped Expert Service Providers LLC, where Griffith was a managing member and chief operating officer.  With efficient communication as a primary goal, UC's streamlining of emails, faxes, or video conferencing reaped dividends for ESP - keeping employees and customers connected, improving response times, overall professional conduct, and security.

In the modern marketplace, as more and more employees adapt the Bring your Own Device (BYOD) culture, there are myriad communication options including instant messaging, video phone, VoIP, email, and many more.  UC eliminated delayed transmissions for ESP by, well, unifying communications; allowing real-time contact regardless of the platform - an issue that could cause serious delays in the past.  And UC coordinates critical communications, which syncs PDAs, fax, and video conferencing, with clients and staff when on the road.