Richard Snow's Analyst Perspectives

VPI Extends into Multi-channel Analytics

Posted by Richard Snow on Sep 26, 2012 9:37:35 AM

Voice Print International recently announced it has selected Hewlett-Packard’s Autonomy to deliver speech and multi-channel analytics. This news means VPI joins a small group of vendors that can provide a view of customer interactions across multiple communication channels, which is of growing importance to companies. My research into the contact center in the cloud shows that companies now support an average of four to five channels of interaction with customers. Without a multi-channel view they are in danger of upsetting customers but not knowing what customers have tried before. The core challenge is that many interactions are either in the form of call recordings or text (email messages, forms, letters, chat and web scripts, and social media). Companies that cannot process all of these forms of data are left with an incomplete view.

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Topics: Business Analytics, Call Center, Cloud Computing, Contact Center, Contact Center Analytics, CRM, Customer Analytics, Customer Performance Management (CPM), Customer Service, Desktop Analytics, Management, Speech Analytics, Text Analytics, Voice of the Customer, VPI, Customer Experience, Analytics

VPI Optimize Agents for Quality Customer Interactions

Posted by Richard Snow on Jul 26, 2012 12:10:14 PM

VPI, a well established vendor in the workforce optimization (WFO) space, was recently rated as a Hot vendor in the Ventana Research Agent Performance Management 2012 Value Index, which extends the traditional definition of WFO to include multichannel interaction capture, agent-related analytics, and agent compensation management. VPI’s Hot rating is a tribute to the functionality and architecture of its suite, even though it doesn’t include a WFM product (instead, workforce management is supported through integration with a number of the specialist WFM products) or compensation management.

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Topics: Business Analytics, Call Center, Cloud Computing, Contact Center, Contact Center Analytics, CRM, Customer Analytics, Customer Performance Management (CPM), Customer Service, Desktop Analytics, Knowlagent, Nexxphase, Pipkins, Speech Analytics, Text Analytics, Voice of the Customer, VPI, Workforce Force Optimization, Customer Experience, Analytics

Agents Performance Management is Hot for Successful Customer Interactions

Posted by Richard Snow on Jul 16, 2012 12:23:44 PM

Our benchmark research into agent performance management shows that the majority of companies are not very mature in their use of people, processes, information and technology in handling customer interactions. Companies are most mature is their use of information, but even in this area they are hampered by their failure to use the latest technologies available to support their efforts.

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Topics: Business Analytics, Business Performance Management (BPM), Call Center, Cloud Computing, coaching, Contact Center, Contact Center Analytics, Customer Analytics, Customer Performance Management (CPM), Desktop Analytics, Enkata, Envision, Genesys, KnopahSoft, LiveOps, NICE Systems, OnviSource, Operational Performance Management (OPM), Predictive Analytics, Sales Performance Management (SPM), Social Media, Speech Analytics, Text Analytics, Training, Verint, Voice of the Customer, VPI, Workforce Force Optimization, Workforce Performance Management (WPM), Analytics, Call Copy, Compensation

VPI Makes Contact Center Operations Suite and Simple

Posted by Richard Snow on Mar 9, 2011 9:07:41 PM

Running a contact center has never been easy, and today it is harder than ever. Customers have become more demanding of good service and less tolerant of errors and are inclined to communicate over multiple channels of communications. Companies not only have to get all the technology together to handle all these forms of interactions but must also ensure that their contact center agents are working as efficiently and effectively as possible. My latest research into the technologies companies use in trying to achieve these objectives shows that three goals dominate most companies’ planning: improving the information they have available to monitor and assess their overall operation, agents’ performance and the outcome of interactions; focusing training and coaching to better target the needs of individual agents; and improving their interaction-handling processes.

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Topics: Call Center, Cloud Computing, Contact Center, Contact Center Analytics, CRM, Customer Performance Management (CPM), Operational Performance Management (OPM), VPI, Customer Experience