In the past, we've written about the device inventory techniques. I've spoken about device configuration management. Here's a video of my talk on the subject. Eric Lavoie, another member of our senior staff, spoke to me recently about needing to make a small change on 81 voice gateways. He was shocked by my casual estimate of the amount of time required to write the code to collect, validate, and correct the configuration. He went back to his desk, convinced there was an easier way to make the change, and he found one!
Companies Announce Strategic Partnership and Technology Integration
UnifiedFX a recognized leader in Cisco Telephony Endpoint Management software solutions and Stack8, a leading Cisco Unified Communications (UC) and services and solutions provider, announced today a technology partnership that will enable customers to manage their Cisco Collaboration suites from a single platform.
Customers nowadays tend to be less and less patient when calling in to get answers to their questions or problems. This leads to higher abandon rates during peak hours or times where fewer agents are online. Offering alternatives to waiting on hold for the next available agent will not only improve customer satisfaction but also lead to better SLAs and a better customer interaction for the agent. Let's face it, who doesn't dread taking the call that's been waiting in a queue listening to the same music looping for 30 minutes.
One such alternative is to offer an option for a callback. With this option, a caller can enter the number at which they want to be called and leave a short message which would take their place in the queue, allowing them to hang up and go about their business. Once an agent is available, they'll hear the message left by the customer and the system will call back the number left by the customer.
To gain the best benefits, it is also best offered immediately when entering the queue when specific criteria are met, such as the Estimated Wait Time (EWT) above a certain threshold or a mix of queue position and number of agents present.
In UCCX, the base concept for callback (or voicemail in queue as Cisco calls it) is to have the leading call center application takes the callback information (phone number and the customer's recording) and place a new call to a second call center application which does the actual queueing while the customer is away. It is important to pass along between these two scripts, via session data, any customer information that may have already been collected. For example, if the caller had previously entered an account number and the script had fetched any relevant data in the CRM. This will ensure the agent has the full picture once receiving the callback request and avoid having to ask the customer for details they've already provided.
Another point to take into consideration is the position in the queue. From the point of view of the system, the call placed between the applications is a new one so that the callback would be placed at the back of the queue. This may be desired, as it would give priority to callers remaining on the phone. In some cases, however, you may want to preserve the caller's original position. This depends on how the queues are set. If the callback requests are sent to the same queue as the caller was in, a simple formula can be used to process the call in the correct order. Once the callback's position in the queue reaches the delta between the caller's position when they opted for callback and that callback's starting position, the priority can be bumped up so that it gets handled by the next agent.
I want you to take a minute and think about how much of your day is actually consumed by meetings. Think about how many of those are in person vs. on the phone. How many of the participants are remote or traveling? How many actually involve a conferencing solution for content share or video? Did the meeting start on time? As obnoxious an exercise as this might appear, it’s not in vain and done to simply illustrate just how much of our time is consumed in meetings. While some meetings are better than others - simply put meetings are where we get things done, collaborate with our team, interface with our customers; you get the point.
While Cisco has a mature product portfolio of Unified Communications services and solutions that have been at the forefront of technology for years, they are not a company to rest on their laurels. One of the most exciting things about being a technology partner of Cisco is to see how they are always striving to see how they can best serve their growing customer base. Today, I’m going to introduce you to one of these new and exciting solutions the Cisco Webex Cloud Calling platform. Cisco Webex Calling is a fully hosted UC solution that is globally available, cloud-based alternative to your traditional on-premises PBX.
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