Remote work has experienced a huge boom in the last few years, and people ditching traditional offices for the flexibility to work where they please is certainly a trend that isn’t slowing down.
In recent years with increasing competition, quality of experience (QoE)
has become more and more important to service providers.
Despite the best-laid plans, holiday gift season doesn’t always go as expected. No one knows this better than a retail contact centre agent. This is the moment for those associates to shine — saving the sale, the brand reputation and the chance to draw that customer back for future purchases.
If there’s one thing SMEs can’t afford to do, it’s waste hours in the day. As the old saying goes, time is money – and with limited people resource to rely on, employees at smaller organisations can’t be tied up on tasks that aren’t adding business value.
that are looking to improve collaboration and communication are increasingly turning
to the UC&C industry. According to Gartner, global spending on
UC&C in 2021. As
medium sized and global organisations accelerate their adoption of unified
communications and collaboration technology, the industry needs to adapt and
exceed the rising expectations of end-users.
With the rise in such a variety of communication devices, does the Contact Centre really have a future?
Test your unified communications pop culture knowledge, share your score with colleagues, and see if you could do with a visit to UC EXPO this May!
A major aim of many enterprises embarking on their digital transformation journey is to reduce costs via new solutions and processes. And the implementation of unified communications brings various opportunities for such a cost reduction.
What will the data centre look like in 2019 and beyond? That’s one of the most pressing questions facing data centres. The IT environment continues to evolve rapidly to support changing business requirements, making it difficult to conceptualise a data centre infrastructure that can meet tomorrow’s demands.
AI won’t replace human meetings but, by taking care of the routine and time-consuming, it will make them more productive, inspiring and inclusive, writes Peter Jackson, CEO of Bluescape.
Here are some of the best business collaboration ideas for both inside and outside of the office, skyrocketing business growth along the way!
More UK customers are buying online than any other country in the world. This means the rise of customers interacting with faceless companies that have little to no human interaction and the need to rely on Twitter for complaints. But for these organisations, customer service is actually more important than ever.
Local phone calls are still the most effective way for a business to speak with its customers, regardless of their age and despite the growing popularity of emerging communications technologies. That’s the headline finding of our new survey of US consumers, which reveals that nearly two-thirds (60%) prefer picking up the phone to receiving text messages when it comes to communicating with businesses.
Unify Square recently shared some of the biggest learnings from their
customers who were in the midst of piloting Microsoft Teams. One of the major
areas of focus centered on Microsoft Teams governance, compliance, and
Five Benefits of Desktop as a Service from VMWare. As cloud-based solutions become more accessible, many organisations are investigating the transition from physical desktops towards desktop as a service.
Bradlee Allen from Fuze discusses the importance of flexible working and not creating barriers for communication within organisations. With fewer people commuting to a traditional office every day of the week, how should you re-evaluate productivity?
When I was younger, I was taught to respect my elders and yet in 2018, we don’t appear to respect anyone. We’re expected to converse with machines and not get frustrated when the machine doesn’t understand our response. When enquiring personally at my bank, I’m told to go online and solve the problem, rather than the enquiry just being handled there and then.
For many of those in traditionally office-based roles, the notion of the workplace is changing, employees are no longer slaves to their desks and restricted by desktop landline phones. Digitalisation, including the increasing use of and reliance on smartphone and apps, plus ubiquitous connectivity, low-cost data services and the portability of traditionally cumbersome hardware, have helped pave the way for new, flexible means of working, and agile, mobile workforces.
When choosing communications and collaboration technology, a key factor is the user experience (UX). This includes a well-designed user interface (UI) to enable intuitive collaboration. The UI comprises all the visual elements used to interact with conferencing platforms - from screens to pages, buttons and icons.
If you sometimes wonder what your communications team actually does, apart from sharing corporate news, earnings announcements and dealing with the odd crisis you may want to think again. Often viewed as the dark horse of the business, internal communications, the wizards with words have the ability to transform your organisation and employee engagement for the better.
The diverse classroom settings of education are well schooled in enabling digital teams to build and share knowledge easily, and in catering for the widest range of need. What lessons do they hold for interactive technology in the corporate workplace?
Education providers need to deliver top-class teaching in modern facilities if they are to attract fee-paying students. Steve Montgomery reports on the refurbishment of the Clerici building on the Oxford Brookes site.
There’s more to calculating the total cost of ownership (TCO) for communications systems than you might think. Here’s what you need to know and how unified communications as a service (UCaaS) can drive your communications TCO down.
The rise of social, mobile, data and cloud technology has transformed
every aspect of our personal and business lives, making them increasingly
connected and digital. We live in what is known as the digital era. One area
that has seen deep transformation is the workplace. Indeed, gone are the days
when the workplace was a physical space employee occupied during regular office
hours. Today’s always connected instant access environment has blurred the
lines between the physical office and the place where work actually happens.
Elaine Murray interviews Zach Katsof, Director of UC and Microsoft Teams advocate at Arkadin, about tips and tricks for Microsoft Teams deployment in enterprises.
Microsoft Teams is the company’s fastest growing business app of all time. A messaging and online meetings solution, Teams simplifies connections and collaboration inside your organisation. BlueJeans brings modern, trusted, secure video calling to popular tools and services so people can meet from anywhere, from any device. By integrating their video conferencing platform with Teams, they’re helping tailor processes, increase teamwork and productivity.
Helen Lancaster from Arkadin interviews Paul Ewasuik from Zoom.ai in the run-up to their joint presence at this year’s Gartner Digital Workplace Summit.
It’s hard to believe that less than 50 per cent of CRM sale updates actually make their way into the CRM, but that’s what a recent article on SalesforceBen revealed about how automatic logging of activity into Salesforce can improve data quality.
Within the span of a decade, the smartphone, followed by smart communications, has become so pervasive in the modern social fabric that it has become common wisdom that the traditional workspace needs a digital overhaul. Trends driven by the cloud and social communities, which gave rise to working styles that are increasingly agile and flexible, have even led to the ideation of the bleisure concept
Good question! This is something I have been asked a lot in the past when companies are rolling out a new system or making an organisational change. “Surely, we just need to let our employees know that the change is coming, and provide training?”
Yesterday's inflexible IT infrastructure is providing diminishing returns. It’s relatively costly, and employees are challenged to communicate, collaborate and respond to customers as quickly as they need. As digital technology transforms the way services are delivered, the imperative now is to have the ability to join the dots between any number of communication platforms and information access points.
In a world of sensitive data and tightening regulations, discover what you should do as an organisation!
The saying “the customer is always right” is one that has been drilled into those who work in customer service for as long as we can remember. Initially coined in the early 1900’s by pioneering retailers including Harry Gordon Selfridge, Job Wanamaker and Marshall Field, it placed great emphasis on why businesses should always aim to improve the customer experience.
What does the remote office look like? You are in a comfortable place, whether it’s at home, a coffee shop or a work hub, with a cup of tea and your favorite music playing. These days, having a single office isn’t so common anymore.
Collaboration is key for driving business forwards. But, enabling collaboration across different generations of workers is a challenge nearly every business will face. From Baby Boomers, to Millennials and Gen Xers, the requirements they need in workplace and the way they interact with technology can be vastly different.
Demand for smarter and more intuitive ways of working are on the rise. We now want to connect with colleagues easily, regardless of time zone or location. As a result, many organisations are adopting Unified Communications (UC) and collaboration tools, which deliver the productivity boosting and collaboration enhancing benefits businesses want.
There’s an unguarded doorway into your organization that by-passes perimeter security and puts customers’ personal information and employee records in jeopardy. While your IT department focuses its energy on preventing direct hacking attacks or email phishing scams, hackers have found another way in –it’s invisible, yet in plain sight.
In today’s digital-first era, it’s not surprising that more and more people are disinclined to pick up the phone, especially when it seems that the majority of calls tend to come from telemarketers or scammers. Additionally, many companies are increasingly turning to chatbots, virtual assistants and social media to interact with their customers.
The advent of cloud computing was a huge inflection point in the history of technology. It has led to increasingly software driven businesses – gone are the days of bulky hardware, brick style mobile phones and saving data onto floppy disks
As the workplace continues to evolve, we see new technologies and services entering the business environment all the time. The office of the future is being shaped by factors like flexible working hours, shared information, and cloud technology. How can businesses that depend on voice, messaging, presence, and collaboration better utilise technology to support employee productivity, irrespective of location and device?
The inexorable advance of technological progress. Think smartphones, easily portable laptops and tablets which let you work anywhere. Working on projects in real time with colleagues connecting remotely from the other end of the planet. Surely with such advances and conveniences we must be entering one of the most productive eras in history?
The cloud has transformed the way businesses operate, allowing flexible working hours and improving collaboration between employees. It has boosted productivity and communication, giving employees the opportunity to participate more, organise their teams and delegate tasks to individuals in a more efficient manner.
The vSolution MATRIX solution from WolfVision represents a significant step forward in learning space design, enabling intuitive control, distribution, and sharing of video and audio between multiple workstation monitors using multiple Cynap, and Cynap Core units connected using network infrastructure.
In this blog, we run through the steps that businesses need to take to put them on the path of true communication transformation, enabling them to create far more engaging customer and business experiences.
There was a time when IT systems were formed of discrete islands, invariably unconnected, and therefore only partially productive. Tools were chosen to help staff do their jobs. However, their selection didn’t necessarily take into consideration whether they would help to get the job done in a way that matched consumers’ actual service preferences.
Q&A with Michael Affronti VP Product - Fuze, Michael shared his insight as to how AI can lead to smarter collaboration and how Fuze can help you to embrace collaboration better in your organisation using reliable, scalable digital technology.
The introduction of GDPR legislation marks a crackdown in terms of where data is stored in the cloud, with stricter fines for businesses in breach of those regulations. However, a recent report by security firm Blue Coat found that 98% of cloud-based applications do not comply with GDPR legislation. It’s a combination of human error and lack of visibility or control over applications, and shadow IT or shadow data that is the largest risk factor for security breaches and non-compliance.
Who would have thought that in 2018, with all the technological evolution's we have already lived through in the past 10-15 years, from Cloud Computing, Smartphones, Social Media, Drones, Big Data, Virtual Reality (VR), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet Of Things (IOT) that customer experience could still be slow, put work on the customers shoulders and often let customers down.