28 Mars 2017

WEBINAR - Migrate to Skype for Business

Written by Martin Borowski, Posted in Webinars

03/29/2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)

Make Skype for Business your next PBX replacement! Join conferences with a single tap instead of a complicated string of numbers, especially useful when joining hands-free or from a mobile device. Share your screen or share files easily during meetings, or fluidly pass control to others - for meetings with up to 250 people! Federation gives you the ability to see when a supplier, partner or customer is available, so you can give them a quick call or instant message, right from your contacts.

Whether you need to instant message, see presence, hold a conference, or just chat on the phone - Skype for Business is the single tool for all of your unified communications needs.

ComputerTalk ice, the Intelligent Communications Exchange, provides a native, enterprise-class, Skype for Business contact center experience, regardless of your cloud transition stage: on-premises, hybrid or fully cloud. The powerful IVR and ACD functionalities in ice enable an easily managed, scalable experience, with full omnichannel capabilities. ComputerTalk is a leader in the global contact center industry, providing cloud hosting services and custom application development for 30 years, as a Microsoft Gold Partner in Communications and Application Development.

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28 Mars 2017

Making sense of the upheaval in the UC market

Written by Christopher Liko, Posted in Contact Center, Unified Communications

As recent events have shown, there is no question that the UC market is in the midst of a rapid transformation. The market’s landscape is changing, as big players exit stage right, and new names come to the forefront. Clearly, the biggest news in the industry is Avaya’s chapter 11 bankruptcy declaration. Don’t forget that only two months before that, Genesys acquired Interactive Intelligence. This same Interactive Intelligence had seen a $41 million decrease in economic earnings over the previous 5 years after moving to the cloud. (Forbes) Earlier in the same year, Aspect Software also filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, emerging quickly and repositioning itself in the market as part of the process. 

Despite this apparent turmoil for some of the longest-standing companies in the industry, the cloud contact center market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 22.9% by 2022.

So where is this growth coming from? We know that many of the largest players are struggling to maintain pace in the growing cloud sector of the market. 

27 Février 2017

Amazon Chime vs Microsoft Skype for Business

Written by Christopher Liko, Posted in Unified Communications

How does Amazon Chime stack up? Chime vs. Skype for Business comparison.


The Challenger

On February 13, Amazon released a new unified communications service named Chime. This product has been in the works since Amazon's purchase of Biba, a meeting solution provider, in late 2016. Chime is hosted on Amazon Web Services, and has been framed as an attempt to compete with Microsoft's Skype for Business. Is Amazon's product truly a competitor? Will we remember this product as the Skype-killer, or will Chime be met with resounding silence? Here is how the two products stack up on the most important 5 metrics:

22 Février 2017

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

Written by Martin Borowski, Posted in ComputerTalk, Events

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

13 Février 2017

LIVE WEBINAR: Embarking on the digital transformation journey: 5 trends driving change in the contact center.

Written by Nicole Robinson, Posted in ComputerTalk, Webinars

Embarking on the digital transformation journey: 5 trends driving change in the contact center.

Customers drive business. According to the 2016 Microsoft State of Global Customer Service Report, 56% of global consumers say they have higher expectations for customer service now than they had just one year ago. How do we use interactions to build sustainable relationships with customers in a digital world? The answer is no longer a simple one. The market is more fluid than ever before, so what decision should organizations be making? In this webinar, we discuss strategies to unify your communications ecosystem, enabling faster, more frequent and remarkably effective business process and customer interactions.

Join ComputerTalk March 15th - 1PM EST as we discuss trends driving change in the contact center.

You will come out of this webinar knowing:

  • The top 5 trends affecting the contact center industry
  • The role of the contact center in the digital transformation strategy
  • How to leverage the contact center to turn your vision into reality

This is an exclusive webinar with limited live seats based on a first-come, first-registered basis. All registrants will receive a link to an on-demand version after the webinar. At the end of the webinar there will be a Q&A session where we will address specific questions you might have.

Register now for a live seat!

 

06 Février 2017

Providers in turmoil: futureproofing your contact center

Written by Christopher Liko, Posted in Contact Center, Unified Communications

The technology world is evolving too fast for some companies to keep pace. Contact center solution providers are no exception in this. As companies file for bankruptcy or merge, it becomes apparent who will innovate and who will be left behind. Customers are left wondering if their contact center will be supported next year, next month, or even tomorrow.

A contact center investment is crucial to any business. The worst outcomes are that this key investment reaches end-of-life or end-of-support. Luckily for customers, there are alternatives: a select few solutions are capable of performing a fast, effortless upgrade to a futureproof contact center. With this in mind, let's look at what to avoid and what to look for in a solution provider:

  1. PBX Agnostic Solution: Some organizations cannot upgrade all components of a PBX solution at once, yet some contact center providers don't offer options to integrate with other PBXs. To prevent service interruptions, contact centers require full functionality during the upgrade process. It is crucial to work with a provider offering PBX agnostic compatibility with your current solution, to upgrade one piece at a time.

  2. Innovation: Does your contact center offer social media integration? Does the solution offer hybrid cloud/premises capabilities? What new technologies does your provider enable you to leverage? If the answer to any of these questions is no, the solution is not future-proof. These concepts are here to stay, and you need a provider that offers them now, not as roadmap items.

  3. Homegrown Solution: As companies purchase smaller providers and attempt to integrate multiple solutions, it has become clear that this approach simply doesn't work. Rather than a multi-functional product, it results in independent products masquerading as a unified solution. Find a provider with a homegrown solution to ensure that your products are seamlessly compatible.

  4. Preparation for the Future: Many contact centers cannot upgrade overnight, in 6 months or even in a year. If your supplier won't be around next year, neither will the upgrade. Look for a provider that can see an upgrade through to fruition- at your pace, not theirs.


One final question remains: how does one find a contact center provider with these capabilities? You've come to the right place! ComputerTalk does it all and more- our solutions are endlessly configurable to suit your needs. Contact us today and see how we can help you futureproof your contact center.