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Posts By: Lori Bocklund

How Does AI Work?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is breaking the hype meter in the contact center industry. While it’s only in the early adopter stages, it appears to be grabbing the attention of contact center technology sellers and buyers. With all the confusion such enthusiasm creates, it seemed a little primer is in order. AI processes and interprets large… Read More »

Technology Helps with Understaffing

Our annual challenges and priorities survey, as well as our project experience, show that high attrition, absence and adherence issues, and the uphill battle to gain budget approval for additional staff remain pain points for many centers. While technology is not a “white knight” riding in to solve the staffing problems, it can be used… Read More »

How to Streamline the Vendor Selection Process

Request for Proposal. RFP. Contact center and IT leaders, along with their procurement departments, turn to this tried and true approach when seeking a fair, competitive analysis of a variety of options. In some circumstances, a formal RFP may still be a good option, if not required. But the evaluation process needs to evolve with… Read More »

Be Smart When Evaluating Low Cost Solutions

Low cost contact center technology solutions abound in today’s market. Centers can quickly implement cloud-based applications at a low price point (well under $100 per agent per month!). These options may seem like a slam dunk for companies with limited IT resources, aging or ineffective systems, and limited budgets. And they can easily tempt others… Read More »

Hiring, Coaching and Development, and Retention Strategies to Optimize Agent Performance

Strategic Contact has facilitated an annual survey on Credit Union Contact Center best practices for the last two years. (If you don’t have the latest results, click here!) This year, we are doing some “bite-sized” surveys to enable us to dive deeper into specific issues of interest to CU contact center leaders. Our first topic… Read More »

The Dos and Don’ts of Project Execution and Functionality

Contact center management labors under constant pressure to do more with less… FASTER! The latter often results in hurried technology implementations that fall short of the benefits the center hoped to realize. The following tables summarize the dos and don’ts of project execution and functionality deliver positive results. Project Execution Don’t: Do: Business Impact Launch… Read More »

2018 Challenges and Priorities Survey Results Are IN

In late 2017, we conducted our third annual challenges and priorities survey. Each year we tweak the list based on what we see happening in the market and what we learn from the previous year. We retain substantial consistency so we can identify changes and trends. Participants could select three of each, with no ranking…. Read More »

Hot Topic: Authentication and Fraud Prevention

Optimizing authentication and preventing fraud are hot topics in the industry. I had the pleasure of facilitating a panel on the topic at the ICMI CC Demo in September. Here are key learnings from that session as well as project work we have been doing to tackle this ubiquitous challenge. I’m going to start with… Read More »

Make Sure Technology Sourcing Fits Your Environment

If you’ve spent any time around contact center conferences and trade shows, you can’t help but notice that the cloud is all the rage. Cloud-based technology appeals to contact centers that lack sufficient resources to manage their specialized technology. Centers also gain the freedom to turn capabilities and capacity on and off, while continuously benefiting… Read More »

Contact Center Compliance and Security

“Bad guys” seem to be lurking around every corner these days. They steal customer information and break into networks and systems. The recent massive data breach at Equifax has spurred action by a host of companies to plug leaks in security. At the same time, contact centers face a growing array of compliance requirements, rules,… Read More »