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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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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.
Posted: 23 Jul 2014 | Published: 23 Jul 2014

SearchCRM

Create a Business Continuity Plan for the Contact Center
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Companies today need to have a business continuity plan that covers more than minor application downtime -- they need to be ready for the very real possibility of natural or man-made disasters. How prepared is your contact center for disaster? Find out in this white paper.
Posted: 23 Jul 2014 | Published: 23 Jul 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

4 Steps to a Virtualized Contact Centre
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Good customer service has become strategically important for companies, yet at the same time, many customer service professionals need to do more with less. Creating a virtual Contact Centre environment allows companies to achieve both goals.
Posted: 07 Jul 2014 | Published: 03 Jul 2014

Genesys

Comparing the Total Cost of Ownership of TDM and SIP Contact Centres
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Are you paying too much to run your ACD/PBX based Contact Centre? Does your traditional hardware-based infrastructure stand in your way when trying to offer new services? Are you locked into a vendor with a proprietary platform? Get this white paper on Comparing the Total Cost of Ownership of TDM and SIP Contact Centre.
Posted: 03 Jul 2014 | Published: 30 Nov 2012

Genesys

Analyst Predictions 2014: Customer Support and the Engaged Enterprise
sponsored by Genesys
ANALYST REPORT: As customer experience is being elevated to a top-executive commitment, the customer engagement center/contact centre is uniquely positioned to be at the epicenter of the customer experience revolution. Get this research note on Gartner predictions for 2014 and beyond.
Posted: 02 Jul 2014 | Published: 15 Nov 2013

Genesys

Workload Management Tackles Customer Support Challenges
sponsored by Genesys
ANALYST REPORT: Based on Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis of the workload management market, Genesys won the 2013 Global Frost and Sullivan award for Technology Innovation in Workload Management.
Posted: 01 Jul 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Genesys

Transforming Customer Experience in the New Digital World
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This white paper will show you how taking a holistic approach to digital channels in the contact center and beyond and integrating them into your customer experience strategy allows you to transform the end-to-end customer journey and deliver consistent, seamless and personalized experiences across all channels, touchpoints and interactions.
Posted: 01 Jul 2014 | Published: 01 Jul 2014

Genesys

Deepening Customer Experience: Analyzing, Optimizing and Integrating CEM
sponsored by KANA
EGUIDE: "It's difficult to have a single view of the customer because of all the forms of communication," says Donna Fluss of DMG Consulting. As customer experience management (CEM) spans multiple departments and tools, optimizing CEM can be a complex and daunting task. Fortunately, this expert e-guide serves as a roadmap to CEM transformation.
Posted: 01 Jul 2014 | Published: 01 Jul 2014

KANA

Top 5 Steps to a World Class Contact Centre
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: In this expert resource you'll find five key steps to keep in mind when building a world-class contact centre in today's rapidly changing customer landscape.
Posted: 30 Jun 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Genesys

The Future of Work: Exceed Customer Expectations with Workload Management
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Customers expect a great end-to-end experience, whether work is accomplished in the enterprise or in the back office, it's all part of the Customer Service Value Chain. Is your enterprise meeting this expectation? What about in the future?
Posted: 30 Jun 2014 | Published: 26 Jun 2014

Genesys

The Knowledge Base of the Future: Five Cutting-Edge Ideas You Can Implement Now
sponsored by KANA
WHITE PAPER: Building a reliable, extensive knowledge base is essential for delivering relevant, efficient customer experiences. It helps employees access information faster and enables customers to serve themselves. View this white paper to uncover five cutting-edge ideas to help you build a next-gen knowledge base.
Posted: 26 Jun 2014 | Published: 26 Jun 2014

KANA

Omni-Channel Customer Service Demands the Intelligent Contact Center
sponsored by KANA
WHITE PAPER: In order to respond to changing customer expectations, contact centers must evolve to an omni-channel, context-aware platform. In this white paper, get an in-depth look at the demands placed on the modern contact center, and the strategies and tools you can leverage to optimize customer interactions
Posted: 26 Jun 2014 | Published: 26 Jun 2014

KANA

Initiatives for Improved Customer Experience
sponsored by IBM
EGUIDE: Uncover the 10 steps to improving the customer experience, and find out how customer experience, engagement and loyalty can help you "measure" how happy your customers are.
Posted: 26 Jun 2014 | Published: 26 Jun 2014

IBM

Build Customer Loyalty Through Smart Customer Service
sponsored by KANA
WHITE PAPER: Today, you need to provide differentiating customer experiences to remain competitive. View this white paper to learn how to provide "smarter" customer service by using all relevant information -- previous contacts, order history, problems, preferred channel of contact -- to create personalized experiences.
Posted: 25 Jun 2014 | Published: 25 Jun 2014

KANA

Best Practices for Knowledge Management
sponsored by KANA
WHITE PAPER: Implementing a knowledge management program in the contact center can improve the efficiency and quality of your services, optimize customer experience, reduce agent training costs, and increase job satisfaction. In this white paper, explore best practices for successful knowledge management implementation in the contact center.
Posted: 24 Jun 2014 | Published: 24 Jun 2014

KANA

5 Key Questions You Should Ask When Considering a Cloud-Based Contact Center
sponsored by KANA
WHITE PAPER: Many organizations are turning to cloud-based contact centers for their CRM efforts, but before you jump on the cloud bandwagon, it's important to get a feel for the environment, use cases, and drivers. In this white paper, discover five essential questions you should ask before investing in a cloud-based contact center technology
Posted: 19 Jun 2014 | Published: 19 Jun 2014

KANA

Performance Improvement In The Contact Centre
sponsored by Cisco
WHITE PAPER: Find out how you can improve customer satisfaction, become more competitive and reduce the cost of acquiring and retaining loyal customers by investing more money in contact center technologies.
Posted: 17 Jun 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Cisco

How-To Guide: Top Ways to Optimize Your Contact Center Investment
sponsored by Cisco
WHITE PAPER: Find out what you need to know to ensure your contact center runs to the best of its ability.
Posted: 16 Jun 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Cisco

6 Secrets to Offering Exceptional Customer Service
sponsored by Salesforce
WHITE PAPER: There is always room for improvement in serving your customers.  In a poll, only 7% of customer experiences exceeded their expectations.  In this eBook, we'll show how your customers, employees and brand can come together to earn a "customer for life." Download now.
Posted: 12 Jun 2014 | Published: 12 Jun 2014

Salesforce

Self-Service Performance Analytics Creates Greater Customer Engagement
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This white paper illustrates how to leverage analytics and business intelligence (BI) to gauge channel success and the performance of self-service options in the contact center. Discover how BI analytics embedded into IVR enables you to improve customer experiences, eliminate frustrations, and optimize your interaction processes.
Posted: 05 Jun 2014 | Published: 05 Jun 2014

Genesys

Preserve Customer Experience Consistency and Loyalty in a Multi-Sourced Contact Center
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Many organizations are taking a multi-sourcing approach to contact center services, but it doesn't come without its risks -- what should you look out for? Find out in this white paper, and learn how you can avoid the perils of lackluster service and disappointing cost savings with a common hosted contact center platform.
Posted: 05 Jun 2014 | Published: 05 Jun 2014

Genesys

How Cloud-Based Contact Centers Improve Customer Experience
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: In a recent survey, 60% of respondents said executives want to differentiate their organization based on customer experience management (CEM). In this technology adoption profile, explore current CEM trends -- including goals, strategies, and challenges -- as well as how to improve customer experience with the right contact center technologies
Posted: 04 Jun 2014 | Published: 31 Mar 2013

Genesys

Automating Customer Contact Centers to Gain Agility and Analytic Insights
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This informative white paper explores the components, advantages, and use cases for a virtual contact center. It also includes a checklist of 9 must-have virtual contact center features, so you know what to look for when evaluating a technology.
Posted: 04 Jun 2014 | Published: 04 Jun 2014

Genesys

Multichannel Contact Centers: Metrics and Realities
sponsored by Five9
EGUIDE: This expert e-guide discusses the new multichannel realities of the contact center and explores how technologies have started to reflect these changes, as well as tips for benchmarking these new metrics. While there is no agreed-upon industry standard for call center metrics, you can review 11 of the most important ones inside.
Posted: 03 Jun 2014 | Published: 03 Jun 2014

Five9
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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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