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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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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.)

Case Study: TORO National Support Network
sponsored by NEC Corporation
CASE STUDY: Read this case study to learn how NEC solutions helped TORO improve contact-center service quality scores, improve staff productivity, improve business operations and enhance system flexibility.
Posted: 24 Aug 2009 | Published: 05 Aug 2009

NEC Corporation

Contact Centers for Dummies
sponsored by Avaya Inc.
BOOK: This guide provides a high-level approach to the different methodologies with lots of information not only on running contact centers, but also on implementing technology in contact centers in a profitable way.
Posted: 21 Nov 2008 | Published: 21 Nov 2008

Avaya 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

Contact Center Consolidation
sponsored by CosmoCom, Inc.
BOOK: Improving access to contact center resources is more challenging when agents are distributed across multiple locations. View this webcast for insight into Contact Center Consolidation.
Posted: 31 Jul 2008 | Published: 01 Mar 2008

CosmoCom, Inc.

Bringing Personalized Financial Services to Farmers
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
VIDEOCAST: In this case study read how MidAtlantic Farm Credit, a financing company for agribusiness and rural homeowners, utilized Cisco Unified CallConnector for Microsoft Dynamics CRM to provide a 360-degree view of customer information to every employee.
Posted: 26 Jun 2008 | Premiered: Jun 26, 2008

Cisco Systems, Inc.

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.

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

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

VW Credit, Inc.
sponsored by Aspect
CASE STUDY: Implementing Aspect eWorkforce Management and its Perform enhancement enabled VCI to optimize its agent performance by allowing better forecasting and more accurate planning, as well as more effective scheduling.
Posted: 28 Mar 2008 | Published: 01 Sep 2007

Aspect

Hilton Reservations Worldwide
sponsored by Aspect
CASE STUDY: Since implementing the workforce management capabilities, HRW has seen data accuracy go from within ten percent of actual to within three percent of actual due to Aspect eWorkforce Management.
Posted: 28 Mar 2008 | Published: 01 Sep 2007

Aspect

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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