05 January 2018

Contiguous communication: transcription

Written by Christopher Liko

CONTIGUOUS: SHARING A COMMON BORDER; NEXT OR TOGETHER IN SEQUENCE.

Contiguous communication is the fabric that holds together the contact center of the future. It provides the contact center with the ability to unify the customer experience across any device, media format and channel. Contiguous communication enables agents and customers alike to view and analyze contact transcripts.

In this biweekly blog series, we will present the capabilities and features made possible by contiguous communication. This week, we will discuss how contiguous communication impacts transcription. To view our previous blog post, click here http://www.computer-talk.com/en/blog/item/contiguous-communication-real-time-channel-switching.


For customers, receiving contact transcripts is becoming more common. With the increase in the use of webchat, customers are more frequently requesting the receipt of a chat transcript in their email inbox. What if customers could request a transcript from any contact type, in any media format, and receive it automatically? Contiguous communication allows for the automatic creation of contact transcripts, regardless of the contact type, such as voice, IM or SMS. Not only can the transcript be automatically created, but the customer can choose to receive a voice call transcript in a text format, or a webchat transcript as an automatically dictated voice message.

To contact center agents, contact transcripts are a crucial tool for evaluating and optimizing contact center performance. For agents, contiguous communication allows for the creation of transcripts in the same ways as customers: instantly, from any contact type and in any media format. What is more important for agents, though, is the ability to review transcripts in secondary interactions with customers. Contiguous communication provides agents with additional transcription features to better support customers.

Agents can get transcripts in whatever media format is necessary. This means that they can read a transcript while speaking to a customer on the phone, or listen to a transcript while speaking with a customer by IM. Furthermore, contiguous communication enables detailed transcript analysis. An agent can search through a transcript for keywords, or determine what was said at a specific timestamp of the contact. If a customer references something that was said in a previous conversation with the organization, the agent can find those keywords in a matter of seconds.

This is just one of the many ways contiguous communication helps bring your contact center into the 21st century. Stay tuned for the next blog in the series! If you can’t wait to find out more, reach out to us here [http://www.computer-talk.com/en/contact-us].

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

28 October 2013

Recap on Partner Connect 2013, October 3, 2013.

Written by Vivian Pow, Posted in ComputerTalk, Microsoft

The Partner Connect day was a successful event, filled with interesting breakout sessions! We had the opportunity to meet and speak with many Microsoft partners in between those sessions, at our bronze booth.  During those chats, we provided partners insight into our ice software-only, social media contact center solution for Microsoft Lync and explained the beauty of our solution, which can be deployed in the cloud (hosted form) or coincide with Office 365. If you would like a recap of how our native (UCMA - API based) solution can help you win customer deals, contact us by filling in the message form!

Partner Connect 2013: http://www.microsoft.com/belux/partner/partnerconnect/Home.aspx

07 May 2013

ComputerTalk’s hosted ice Lync cloud

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

ice Lync Clouds

ComputerTalk’s hosted ice Lync cloud can connect with your cloud for added communication features.

Adding communication capabilities to your contact center and day-to-day business processes can help drive business results and help you exceed customer expectations.  If you are looking for a full end-to-end unified communications solution for your office and contact center, combine Office 365 with ice in the ComputerTalk cloud.

You can also come to us for help in meeting technology goals.

If you are looking to replace your PBX with an IP-PBX, we can provide telephony expertise, so you can become SIP voice-enabled at the speed you choose. Once the transition is complete, you can take advantage of the benefits of SIP telephony in your office and in your contact center.

If your cloud is missing certain contact center or communication pieces, you can connect to ours for all the products listed in the ComputerTalk cloud (i.e. PCI compliant contact center, Lync IP PBX, ice, applications that make your processes more communications conscious.)

We can also work with you to provide your customers a joint offering.

Questions?  Send it to us using the Message Us section.

29 April 2013

Lync - Skype connectivity for presence, IM and voice

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

Skype Hits 2 Billion Minutes Per Day

Skype is the communications hub that brings people together. With over two billion minutes used, it is a true testament to the effectiveness and its ease of use. Whether making a voice or video call, sending an instant message, connecting with business partners, stakeholders and customers has never been easier.

Do you have a contact center that supports connecting with your clients at such superior level? Contact us for direction on how to get there.

Lync - Skype connectivity for presence, IM and voice will be available to all Lync users. This move will begin to enable what we call B2X. B2X places the focus of business communication on enabling human interactions. B2X puts people first and looks at communications in a unified way, not as disparate technology silos focused on one task or protocol. Computer Talk is your gateway to unified communications.


26 March 2013

Enterprise Unified Communications deployments are increasing

Written by Martin Borowski, Posted in Unified Communications

Microsoft moves up to second place with 38% of voice deployments.

Recent surveys compiled by Michael Finneran, independent consultant and industry analyst, and Steve Taylor of Webtorials, show increasing numbers of enterprises are deploying unified communications (UC).   The full report is yet to be released, but they’ve shared some interesting findings.

According to an InformationWeek survey, 36% of enterprises have deployed UC, and 31% are planning to do so within the next 24 months.  A Webtorials survey found 21% reporting "full deployments", 53% reporting "partial deployments", and 16% were starting or would soon be starting their planning.