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ALSO CALLED: CIC, eContact Centers, Customer Interaction Centers, Enterprise Contact Centers, Web-enabled Call Centers
DEFINITION: Directions: Click on each term to read our complete definition.We invite you to print out this page for your convenience. A contact center is a central point in an enterprise from which all customercontacts are managed. The contact center typically includes one or more onlinecall centers but may also include other types of customer contact as well,including e-mail newsletters, postal mail catalogs,  … 
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Solving Today's Top Customer Service Demands Across Channels
sponsored by Dimension Data
VIDEO: Dynamic changes are making customer service more complex than ever before. In this video, explore how an integrated, omni-channel contact center can solve today's top customer service demands and technology challenges.
Posted: 03 May 2016 | Premiered: 08 Dec 2015

Dimension Data

Customer Experience in the Digital Age
sponsored by Dimension Data
VIDEO: In program "Raising the Bar," newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky explores the importance of customer service as a brand differentiator, and how an integrated, omni-channel approach to customer interactions yields the most benefit. Gain ideas on how you can keep up with customer demands across all channels.
Posted: 03 May 2016 | Premiered: 07 Dec 2015

Dimension Data

Case Study: Empowering Customers with an Omni-Channel Contact Center
sponsored by Dimension Data
VIDEO: Explore how Reliance Securities leveraged integrated, omni-channel contact center tools that help them become more agile, responsive, and make better use of their agents' skills. Discover how this transition let them use the same number of agents to engage with more customers – without compromising customer satisfaction.
Posted: 03 May 2016 | Premiered: 15 Dec 2015

Dimension Data

Global Contact Center Benchmarking Report 2016
sponsored by Dimension Data
WHITE PAPER: Explore this global benchmarking report to uncover trends and statistics for contact centers in 2016, as well as tips on delivering a better customer experience.
Posted: 29 Apr 2016 | Published: 29 Apr 2016

Dimension Data

Case Study Video: Red Funnel
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
WEBCAST: In this brief video, learn how Red Funnel adapted to customer desires to communicate with them across social, SMS, and more. Discover the technology they leveraged to get the job done, and the benefits they experienced as a result, including: increased staff productivity, a 16% decrease in customer complaints, and more.
Posted: 13 Apr 2016 | Premiered: Apr 7, 2016

Mitel Networks Limited

Guide to Selecting a Phone System Call Center
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
WHITE PAPER: This step-by-step guide can help you select a phone system for your call center. Follow 6 steps to enable enhanced customer satisfaction, improved agent retention, and increased agent productivity.
Posted: 12 Apr 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Mitel Networks Limited

The Drivers Behind Contact Center Technology Upgrades
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
EGUIDE: This expert guide discusses how the cloud and Simple Internet Protocol (SIP) are driving contact center technology upgrades and transformations. In addition, learn why siloed and legacy systems stall good customer service, and where CRM apps should fit into an overall contact center strategy.
Posted: 07 Apr 2016 | Published: 05 Apr 2016

Mitel Networks Limited

Contact Center Refresh Better Handles High Call Volume
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
CASE STUDY: This case study outlines how a transport logistics company updated their contact center to handle up to 40,000 calls per hour and streamline customer service.
Posted: 07 Apr 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Mitel Networks Limited

5 Contact Center Trends You Need to Know
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
WHITE PAPER: This white paper reveals contact center trends to help you stay competitive in your industry and enable quality customer experiences. Uncover the top 5 ways the contact center is changing.
Posted: 06 Apr 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Mitel Networks Limited

Unified Communications: What Comes Next?
sponsored by Avaya
WHITE PAPER: This white paper looks at how the evolution of UC&C technology has created a need for a well-designed architectural plan and business processes in order to enable employee and team engagement and enhance customer loyalty. Read on to discover how the right tools can enable your enterprise to move beyond the platforms.
Posted: 28 Mar 2016 | Published: 31 Mar 2015

Avaya

10 Tech Tools to Improve The Customer Experience
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
WHITE PAPER: This white paper examines tech tools your contact center can use in order to boost productivity, ensure resiliency, and improve efficiency. Uncover 10 features to add to your contact center strategies.
Posted: 25 Mar 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Mitel Networks Limited

The Key is Accessibility: Five Ways to Improve Customer Service
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
WHITE PAPER: Read this white paper to boost your customer service levels by leveraging the mobility of your agents, as well as your customers. Access this paper to discover 5 ways to improve your customer service availability.
Posted: 14 Mar 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Mitel Networks Limited

5 Ways to Improve Business Continuity
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
WHITE PAPER: This guide provides 5 ways you can improve business continuity by relocating or distributing your workforce. Learn about improving availability with mobile devices, creating a disaster recovery site, and more.
Posted: 11 Mar 2016 | Published: 30 Dec 2014

Mitel Networks Limited

How to Integrate Disjointed Contact Center Systems
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
VIDEO: This brief video takes a closer look how you can deploy and configure an integrated contact center platform. Learn how the functions of a modern contact center work together.
Posted: 07 Mar 2016 | Premiered: 07 Mar 2016

Mitel Networks Limited

As Multichannel Intensifies, Call Centers Get a Wake Up Call
sponsored by Zendesk
EGUIDE: The multi-channel mandate is forcing contact centers to make dramatic changes. From tools to knowledge, get expert advice to ensure your agents are fully prepared for any customer request, with tools such as customer listening posts, so that they can provide satisfying customer service.
Posted: 02 Mar 2016 | Published: 26 Feb 2016

Zendesk

Is Social The New Customer Call Center?
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
WEBCAST: Companies need to adapt their customer service for social consumers, but social service is more than just resolving issues – it drives brand reputation. In this webinar, discover how your organization can work with Twitter to create, improve, and transform customer service solutions for your brand.
Posted: 29 Feb 2016 | Premiered: Feb 29, 2016

Oracle Corporation

How Does Social Customer Service Affect Contact Centers?
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
EGUIDE: In this e-guide, our CRM experts discuss how social media is transforming the way contact centers work. Learn strategies and best practices for implementing a social media customer service plan in your contact center.
Posted: 22 Feb 2016 | Published: 11 Feb 2016

Oracle Corporation

Contact Center Infrastructure and Software: Vendor Assessment
sponsored by Genesys
RESEARCH CONTENT: This vendor assessment examines the key players in the worldwide contact center infrastructure and software (CCIS) market, analyzing their current capabilities as well as longer-term strategies going forward. Access now for help in identifying vendors that suit the needs of your CCIS deployment projects.
Posted: 15 Feb 2016 | Published: 31 Jul 2015

Genesys

5 Critical Requirements For a Future Ready Contact Center
sponsored by Genesys
EBOOK: Is your contact center future-ready? In this e-book you will learn how to deliver an effortless customer experience across multiple channels.
Posted: 11 Feb 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Genesys

10 Steps to a More Social Contact Center
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
EGUIDE: This expert e-guide reveals the actions you can take to manage social media contact more efficiently. Inside, Donna Fluss, founder of DMG Consulting, explains the benefits and limitations of workforce management systems for social media. Bonus: Discover the 10 steps to create a successful call center social media strategy.
Posted: 03 Feb 2016 | Published: 29 Jan 2016

Oracle Corporation

Case Study: Real-time Call Center Monitoring
sponsored by Impetus Technologies, Inc.
CASE STUDY: Discover how a leading telecommunications company improved contact center performance with problem resolution metrics to increase customer satisfaction and customer retention rates.
Posted: 01 Feb 2016 | Published: 28 Feb 2015

Impetus Technologies, Inc.

Nail Personalization with 6 Key Customer Service Capabilities
sponsored by Microsoft
WHITE PAPER: This data sheet describes ways to empower agents with a single, unified experience to provide amazing customer service with cross-channel context. Uncover strategies for earning customer loyalty and staying agile.
Posted: 31 Dec 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Microsoft

Convergys Transforms Customer Experience with Service Cloud
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
VIDEO: Discover how you can provide customers with a differentiated experience through a multi-channel approach, improve agent productivity, and measure and optimize multi-channel delivery by leveraging analytics.
Posted: 14 Sep 2015 | Premiered: 02 Jun 2015

Oracle Corporation

Smarter Contact Centers Using In-Memory Data Grids
sponsored by Red Hat
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to explore the challenges faced by the CSP contact center staff in responding to subscribers' calls and how in-memory data grids can help streamline and speed up the process.
Posted: 21 May 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Red Hat

Speech-to-Text Analytics Reveals New Insights Into Consumer Behavior
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper describes how Telerx, a global contact center outsourcing provider, embrace the methods that modern consumers are utilizing to share their opinions and turned raw data into valuable insight for their clients.
Posted: 20 Feb 2015 | Published: 31 Jan 2013

IBM
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CONTACT CENTERS DEFINITION (continued): …  Web site inquiries andchats, and the collection of information from customers during in-store purchasing.A contact center is generally part of an enterprise's overall customer relationshipmanagement (CRM). automated speech recognition (ASR) - a technology that allows users of informationsystems to speak entries rather than punching numbers on a keypad. ASR isused primarily to provide information and to forward telephone calls. AutomaticCall Distributor (ACD) - a telephone facility that manages incoming callsand handles them based on the number called and an associated database ofhandling … 

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