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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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Contact Centers Reports
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What Happens When a Contact Center's Communication Systems Fail 72 Hours Before Black Friday?
sponsored by Integrated Research
CASE STUDY: 72 hours before Black Friday, one organization's critical communication systems began to fail and business continuity systems crashed. Access this case study to find out what happened; why the outages occurred in the first place; and how to prevent a similar catastrophe within your organization.
Posted: 27 May 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Integrated Research

Multi-Channel Customer Experience: The Next Battleground for Mid-Size Businesses
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This resource provides the information that mid-size organizations need as they consider making the jump to a multi-channel contact center, including key drivers and challenges; what to look for in a vendor partner; proven tips for success; and more.
Posted: 22 May 2015 | Published: 22 May 2015

Genesys

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

Five Ways to Optimize Your Customer's Journey through the Contact Center
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, discover the five steps you can take to make sure your customer's journey through your contact center is enjoyable from beginning to end.
Posted: 20 May 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Genesys

Differentiate Your Business with a Cloud Contact Center
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper now for a complete buyer's guide to using cloud solutions to differentiate your contact center from your competitors.
Posted: 07 May 2015 | Published: 26 Sep 2014

Cisco Systems, Inc.

All-In-One Contact Centers For Today's Customer Experience Initiatives
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This white paper examines the critical qualities today's organizations should look for in a contact center solution, including the tools and capabilities it should provide.
Posted: 06 May 2015 | Published: 06 May 2015

Genesys

Case study: How the Cloud Improved One Organization's Contact Center
sponsored by 8x8, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In this case study, discover how a travel agency transitioned to a cloud-based contact center model and what benefits they enjoyed.
Posted: 22 Apr 2015 | Published: 28 Feb 2014

8x8, Inc.

Is Your Mid-Sized Contact Center Ready for the Cloud?
sponsored by 8x8, Inc.
WEBCAST: This webcast explores the business benefits of deploying a mid-sized contact center in the cloud, including improvements in company profit and revenue and long-term customer satisfaction.
Posted: 21 Apr 2015 | Premiered: Dec 22, 2014

8x8, Inc.

Case Study: How a Global HR Firm Met Its Contact Center Needs
sponsored by 8x8, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In this case study, discover how implementing virtual contact centers solved a global firm's contact center issues.
Posted: 20 Apr 2015 | Published: 30 Nov 2013

8x8, Inc.

Virtual Contact Centers: Your Contact Center in the Cloud
sponsored by 8x8, Inc.
VIDEO: Virtual contact centers are emerging to make contact center efficiency easier. This brief video explains how.
Posted: 20 Apr 2015 | Premiered: 20 Sep 2014

8x8, Inc.

The Simple Reason You May Be Losing Repeat Business to Your Competitors
sponsored by 8x8, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In service industries where customers care about exactly whom they work with, you could be losing customers if they can't immediately reach the last employee who helped them. Access this resource to learn how your business can ensure that when a customer is ready to buy, they're able to reach the correct person at that critical moment of decision.
Posted: 17 Apr 2015 | Published: 09 Oct 2014

8x8, Inc.

Cloud-Based Contact Center Technology: 8 Critical Questions to Ask
sponsored by 8x8, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This guide explores 8 critical criteria for choosing a cloud-based contact center solution. Read on to learn vital questions to ask providers in order to avoid common pitfalls.
Posted: 16 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

8x8, Inc.

The Benefits of Modernizing Your Contact Center
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This white paper is a must-read for CIOs looking to justify the investment needed to modernize their contact center technology platform, discussing the business drivers, technology benefits, cost benefits, and more.
Posted: 03 Apr 2015 | Published: 05 Nov 2014

Genesys

5 Critical Requirements for a Future-Ready Contact Center
sponsored by Genesys
EBOOK: This resource lists 5 critical requirements for building a future-ready contact center and delivering an effortless customer experience.
Posted: 31 Mar 2015 | Published: 30 Dec 2014

Genesys

Cloud Unified Communications Need Contact Center Capabilities
sponsored by ThinkingPhones
WHITE PAPER: Read this white paper now to discover how a contact center can obtain the unified communications services it needs.
Posted: 17 Mar 2015 | Published: 01 Jan 2015

ThinkingPhones

Wow Your Customers With Great Customer Experience in the Cloud
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: In this informative white paper learn how you can deliver a "wow factor" to your high value customers to boost customer loyalty and increase sales and revenue. Access now to get 4 tips on how you can deliver the seamless outstanding service your customers crave.
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Genesys

Frost & Sullivan—When CRM Meets the Contact Center
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Access this informative white paper to learn more about the benefits of integrating your CRM 360 degree customer records with your contact center to boost customer satisfaction and loyalty.
Posted: 09 Mar 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Genesys

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

3 Benefits of Focusing on Customer Experience
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses: Benefits of focusing on customer experience and customer journey, how you can overcome roadblocks to delivering great CX, and keys to success.
Posted: 27 Oct 2014 | Published: 27 Oct 2014

Genesys

The Makings of a Modern Contact Center
sponsored by SearchCRM
EBOOK: Choosing between a hosted or on-premises model -- or a blend of the two -- is the first step to modernizing customer relationship management systems today. Inside, explore the key differences between a hosted and an on-premises contact center.
Posted: 23 Jul 2014 | Published: 23 Jul 2014

SearchCRM

3 Keys to a 5-Star Mobile User Experience
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
RESOURCE: Access this brief resource to find fast facts about the mobile user experience, and find out why the user experience should be at the top of every enterprise's list. View now to discover how your mobile experience may be handicapping your business and damaging your brand presence.
Posted: 15 Dec 2014 | Published: 15 Dec 2014

Hewlett-Packard Company

3 Critical Funnel Points to Maximize Lead Conversions
sponsored by Harte Hanks
RESOURCE: Access this brief resource to discover the 3 critical funnel points your contact center can focus on to maximize your ROI. Find out opportunities to improve data quality and lead qualification, and how to fix them.
Posted: 04 Dec 2014 | Published: 04 Dec 2014

Harte Hanks

3 Funnel Points for Successful Lead Management
sponsored by Harte Hanks
WHITE PAPER: Access this whitepaper to discover the 3 main funnel points for a successful sales strategy. Read on to find out how to calculate your campaign for success, and how to measure your call center metrics appropriately.
Posted: 01 Dec 2014 | Published: 01 Dec 2014

Harte Hanks

Best Practices for Improving Back Office Workforce Efficiency
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: 70% of customers report that they have ended a relationship due to poor customer service, a statistic that demands companies be at the top of their capabilities. View this in-depth whitepaper to discover an extensive 7 step guide to streamlining workforce efficiency, ultimately keeping customers happy.
Posted: 13 Aug 2014 | Published: 13 Aug 2014

Genesys

Leverage Data to Enhance Customer Experiences
sponsored by Invenio Marketing
EGUIDE: This e-guide highlights how Disney, Cincinnati Bell, and other organizations can benefit from digital data and analytics to help improve customer experiences. Don't let valuable data slip through your fingers -- read now to learn how to take advantage of available customer information that results in maximum benefits for you and your customers.
Posted: 18 Jul 2014 | Published: 18 Jul 2014

Invenio Marketing
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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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