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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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10 Reasons You Need to Move Your Contact Center Operations to the Cloud
sponsored by Five9
WHITE PAPER: Uncover the 10 reasons why you should bring the cloud to your contact center.
Posted: 23 Sep 2014 | Published: 23 Sep 2014

Five9

Contact Center Workforce Optimization: Secrets to Unlock Agent Productivity & Performance
sponsored by Five9
WHITE PAPER: Uncover contact center workforce optimization (WFO) best practices that can help you enhance your customer experience.
Posted: 23 Sep 2014 | Published: 31 May 2014

Five9

Debunking Cloud Software’s Biggest Myths
sponsored by Five9
WHITE PAPER: Separate fact from fiction in regards to the cloud, and find out how cloud can help you get your contact center up and running at the drop of the hat after implementation.
Posted: 23 Sep 2014 | Published: 23 Sep 2014

Five9

Six Essential Capabilities Your Workforce Management Solution Ought to be Delivering
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Download this whitepaper to learn six key capabilities that can empower your agents by providing insight into their work schedules while streamlining interactions between managers and supervisors.
Posted: 17 Sep 2014 | Published: 31 Oct 2008

Genesys

How to Reduce Escalations and Call Handle Time in Your Contact Center
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Learn about the contact center platform capable of reducing escalations and call handle time.
Posted: 16 Sep 2014 | Published: 30 Apr 2013

IBM

3 Strategies to Improve the Customer Experience
sponsored by Genesys
EBOOK: Learn about the 3 approaches which can be combined to achieve the level of service your customers demand.
Posted: 12 Sep 2014 | Published: 12 Sep 2014

Genesys

Multi-Channel Customer Experience: The Next Battleground for Mid-Size Businesses
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This paper will discuss the changing nature of the customer experience; outline the need for and benefits of a multi-channel contact center; highlight the key drivers and challenges companies must consider as they embark on this approach; identify what to look for in a vendor partner; and offer best practices for success.
Posted: 11 Sep 2014 | Published: 11 Sep 2014

Genesys

Case Study: How a Leading U.K. Heating Contractor Increased Service and Reduced Costs
sponsored by Cisco
CASE STUDY: Robert Heath Heating needed a new approach to customer service. This case study analyses the solution Robert Heath Heating chose, and the results they saw because of it.
Posted: 03 Sep 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Cisco

Five Ways to Make Service Easy for Today's Customers
sponsored by Salesforce
WHITE PAPER: Customers now expect your company to solve their issues quickly and give them the capability to find solutions easily on their own. This informative resource gives 5 ways to make service easy for today's customers.
Posted: 28 Aug 2014 | Published: 28 Aug 2014

Salesforce

Five Advantages of Mobile for Customer Service
sponsored by Salesforce
WHITE PAPER: Customers expect a seamless experience, regardless of where reps are located – making mobile more essential than ever. This whitepaper considers 5 reasons why mobile should be part of your service strategy.
Posted: 28 Aug 2014 | Published: 28 Aug 2014

Salesforce

Transforming Customer Experience in the New Digital World
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Companies are expected to facilitate new social, mobile and web platforms in order to interact with customers – resulting in independent interaction points handled by disparate systems and disconnected employees. This white paper discusses a holistic approach to digital channels, and how to transform the end-to-end customer journey.
Posted: 14 Aug 2014 | Published: 14 Aug 2014

Genesys

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

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

Strategizing to Differentiate: 4 Steps to Virtualize your Contact Center
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 Center 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

Taking on Challenges with Award Winning Workload Management
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

Top 5 Steps to a World Class Contact Center
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

Meeting Demands, Exceeding Expectations: The Future of Workload Management
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Customers expect a great end-to-end experience. Wherever work is accomplished in the enterprise, 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

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

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
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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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