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ALSO CALLED: CIC, eContact Centers, Customer Interaction Centers, Enterprise Contact Centers, Web-enabled Call Centers
DEFINITION: A cost center is part of an organization that does not produce direct profit and adds to thecost of running a company. Examples of cost centers include research and development departments,marketing departments, help desks and customer service/contact centers.Although not always demonstrably profitable, a cost center typically adds to revenue indirectlyor fulfills some other corporate mandate. Money  … 
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Speech Analytics: The Simple Definition
sponsored by Calabrio, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: What is "Speech Analytics," exactly, and why is it important? Find out how the latest wave of Speech Analytics offerings are used in call center communication today and what the benefits are.
Posted: 20 Jun 2011 | Published: 20 Jun 2011

Calabrio, Inc.

Enhancing customer experience: first, do no harm
sponsored by Avaya
WHITE PAPER: By reading this short white paper you will gain the knowledge you need to implement a successful customer service system. You will learn best practices for enhancing your customers experience and why cross pollinating your organization can be very helpful.
Posted: 15 Jun 2011 | Published: 15 Jun 2011

Avaya

Premise vs. Hosted Contact Center: Total Cost of Ownership Analysis
sponsored by inContact
WHITE PAPER: Today, the majority of North American contact centers today are supported by premise-based contact center and telephony systems. But there's another money-saving option for contact centers: third-party owned and operated hosted services. Before you decide which model to use, there's another factor you should consider: Total cost of ownership (TCO).
Posted: 06 May 2011 | Published: 06 May 2011

inContact

SAP Business Communications Management Rapid-Deployment Solution
sponsored by SAP America, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: See how SAP has combined SAP Business Communications Management with implementation services to help you quickly and predictably improve customer service and reduce operational costs in inbound contact centers. The all-IP contact-center solution works with SAP CRM to further increase customer service benefits.
Posted: 24 Mar 2011 | Published: 24 Mar 2011

SAP America, Inc.

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Overview
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This paper explains how Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications are complete, prebuilt BI solutions that deliver intuitive, role-based intelligence for everyone in an organization - from front line employees to senior management - that enable better decisions, actions, and business processes.
Posted: 22 Jan 2011 | Published: 22 Jan 2011

Oracle Corporation

Contact Center Security: Moving to the True Cloud
sponsored by LiveOps
WHITE PAPER: Today, Cloud is one of the most talked about trends in the IT industry. It’s a paradigm many believe will have a widespread business impact. However, while the term “Cloud”is relatively new, one of the core components, distributed computing, is well-established.
Posted: 09 Dec 2010 | Published: 09 Dec 2010

LiveOps

8 Traits of IT-Friendly Contact Center and Web Customer Service Software
sponsored by eGain Communications Corp.
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, we discuss eight IT-friendly software traits that minimize risk, maximize ROI, and encourage innovation. Although the focus of this paper is on contact center and web customer service software, the discussion is broad enough to be a valuable guide for any technology investment.
Posted: 07 May 2010 | Published: 06 May 2010

eGain Communications Corp.

5 Web Self-Service Pitfalls: What Every Contact Center Manager Must Know
sponsored by eGain Communications Corp.
WHITE PAPER: This paper discusses and analyzes 5 myths frequently encountered in the context of self-service strategies and implementations, and offers proven industry best practices to counter them. This paper will be a valuable resource for you as you develop, implement, and refine your customer self-service strategy.
Posted: 17 Feb 2010 | Published: 17 Feb 2010

eGain Communications Corp.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Contact Centers and Help Desks
sponsored by eGain Communications Corp.
WHITE PAPER: In this paper, we discuss seven traits of successful contact centers and help desks, backed by stories and tips from our customers - some of the world’s most innovative customer service and support organizations. Read on to learn more about the seven habits that could set your contact center or help desk on the path to success and growth.
Posted: 17 Feb 2010 | Published: 17 Feb 2010

eGain Communications Corp.

New Contact Center Megatrends and How to Ride them: The Contact Center Executive’s Guide to Career Success in Turbulent Times
sponsored by eGain Communications Corp.
WHITE PAPER: Megatrends are not fads; they won’t go away after a while. The trick is to embrace change and stay ahead of these trends instead of getting swept away. This paper discusses what the seven megatrends of transforming contact centers today. Read on to learn more about these trends and learn some proven ways of how to benefit from them.
Posted: 17 Feb 2010 | Published: 17 Feb 2010

eGain Communications Corp.

Finally, a Simple Way to Deploy a Customer Contact Center
sponsored by Contactual (Now 8x8, Inc.)
WHITE PAPER: The goal of customer interaction is to provide consistent and efficient service across all areas of customer contact channels. In this paper we examine two alternatives: building a contact center in-house versus using an online service such as Contactual OnDemand Contact Center to interact efficiently with customers.
Posted: 11 Feb 2010 | Published: 11 Feb 2010

Contactual (Now 8x8, Inc.)

The Five Productivity Benefits of a Secure Network
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: A secure network foundation from Cisco enables you to easily and cost-effectively add new users and applications as needed.
Posted: 10 Oct 2008 | Published: 10 Oct 2008

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Taking a SIP: What Executives Should Know about IP Transformation in the Contact Center
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This white paper is intended for executives who are seeking to understand why SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) is a must-have technology for the contact center today, and how SIP-enabled IP solutions can help align you with your goals.
Posted: 04 Sep 2008 | Published: 04 Sep 2008

Genesys

Three Best Practices for Today's Profitable Contact Centers: Three Best Practices for Contributing to the Bottom Line
sponsored by Avaya Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper provides the three best practices for today's profitable contact centers.
Posted: 20 Jun 2008 | Published: 01 Feb 2005

Avaya Inc.

The Intelligent Customer Front Door: Go Beyond the Limitations of Traditional Interactive Voice Response (IVR) to Deliver Superior Customer Service
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses how companies can transform customer service by applying intelligent business rules for optimal efficiency and a competitive advantage.
Posted: 03 Jun 2008 | Published: 01 Apr 2008

Genesys

Implementing a Telecommuting Program
sponsored by Avaya Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This paper discusses several issues related to implementing a telecommuting home worker program for contact center agents. Certainly, the particular requirements of each company will dictate the extent to which these and other concepts are implemented.
Posted: 02 Jun 2008 | Published: 01 Jan 2008

Avaya Inc.

Best Practices for Home Agents
sponsored by Avaya Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Employing home agents allows you to expand and improve your call center team. And they can be a form of insurance to keep your business running if disaster strikes. This white paper contains best practices for developing a Home Agents program.
Posted: 02 Jun 2008 | Published: 01 Feb 2008

Avaya Inc.

Consolidation 2.0: Consolidation Trends in Contact Center Technologies and Operations
sponsored by CosmoCom, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explains the benefits of Consolidation 2.0 and shows how it best meets the demands of today's global business environment.
Posted: 27 May 2008 | Published: 01 Jan 2008

CosmoCom, Inc.

Oracle PeopleSoft CRM Integration into the Contact Center
sponsored by AMC Technology
WHITE PAPER: This technical integration brief explains how the PeopleSoft CRM application can be integrated into a contact center, including both general technical details of call center integration, as well as how to use vendor certified software from AMC.
Posted: 09 May 2008 | Published: 01 May 2008

AMC Technology

Contact Center Costs: The Case for Telecommuting Agents
sponsored by Avaya Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper addresses high labor costs that are inevitable with contact centers and how a telecommuting or home agent program can greatly reduce your labor cost while increasing productivity of your contact center.
Posted: 16 Apr 2008 | Published: 01 Apr 2008

Avaya Inc.

Top 10 Tips on Getting Started with Speech Analytics
sponsored by Verint Systems
WHITE PAPER: By enabling enterprises to mine large volumes of recorded customer/agent voice interactions, speech analytics is redefining quality in a way that can promote greater customer satisfaction, loyalty, and value.
Posted: 03 Apr 2008 | Published: 01 Dec 2007

Verint Systems

Addressing Common Contact Center and Enterprise Business Issues with Speech Analytics
sponsored by Verint Systems
WHITE PAPER: As a solution to contact center issues, this paper suggests Speech analytics, which gives organizations the ability tap into existing recorded customer interactions to gain actionable intelligence for improving business performance.
Posted: 03 Apr 2008 | Published: 01 Apr 2008

Verint Systems

The Intelligent Customer Front Door: Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Increased Customer Satisfaction
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Download the new business paper, The intelligent Customer Front Door: Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Increased Customer Satisfaction and discover how your contact center can actually anticipate customers' needs and allow them to control the interaction.
Posted: 24 Mar 2008 | Published: 01 Mar 2008

Genesys

Automating Your Call Center Feedback
sponsored by Mindshare Technologies
WHITE PAPER: The most successful contact centers are turning to leading-edge automated feedback solutions and developing processes to incorporate feedback into daily operations.
Posted: 05 Mar 2008 | Published: 04 Mar 2008

Mindshare Technologies

CRM without Compromise: A Strategy for Profitable Growth
sponsored by SAP America, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Consider how SAP can help you improve customer relationship management. Build a synergistic ecosystem with employees, customers, and partners to deliver customer value – where customer demand drives the supply chain and customer insight inspires innovation. Quickly respond to sustain competitive advantage and profitability.
Posted: 07 Nov 2007 | Published: 01 Apr 2007

SAP America, Inc.
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CONTACT CENTERS DEFINITION (continued): …  spent on research and development, for example, mayyield innovations that will be profitable in the future. Investments in public relations andcustomer service may result in more customers and increased customer loyalty.Because the cost center has a negative impact on profit (at least on the surface) it is a likelytarget for rollbacks and layoffs when budgets are cut. Operational decisions in a contact center,for example, are typically driven by cost considerations. Financial investments in new equipment,technology and staff are often difficult to justify to management because indirect profitability … 

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