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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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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

Cloud, On-Premises or Hybrid? Top Five Considerations in Choosing Your Contact Center Solution
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Organizations looking to differentiate and modernize their contact centers have three major architectural options to consider: on-premises, cloud, or a hybrid solution. We will take you through the top five considerations and leave you with a consideration checklist so you can choose the right deployment model for your contact center.
Posted: 26 Jun 2014 | Published: 26 Jun 2014

Genesys

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

Close the Omni-channel Customer Experience Gap
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: If your customers cannot move smoothly across all channels, their experiences will suffer. Access this guide to learn how you can close the omni-channel customer experience gap and bring online visibility to your contact center.
Posted: 20 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Aug 2013

IBM

Customer Experience: Essential Requirements for Company Profitability and Competitive Success
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Companies across all industries are feeling pressure to improve the customer experience while reducing costs at the same time. However, most are not prepared to cost-effectively provide great, real-time. multi-channel customer experiences, due to outdated technology and processes.
Posted: 14 Mar 2014 | Published: 14 Mar 2014

Genesys

4 Steps to a Virtualized Contact Center
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Customer experience is a key differentiator for businesses today, and as a result contact centers must manage to improve service quality while also doing more with less. Creating a virtual contact center allows companies to achieve both goals, by increasing efficiency while reducing total cost of ownership.
Posted: 14 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Jan 2013

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

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

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

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

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

Deploying a Contact Center in the Cloud - A Guide to Best Practices
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: To effectively engage with customers across a newly-broadened spectrum of channels, savvy organizations are looking to cloud-based contact centers. In this white paper, discover 10 best practices for deploying and managing cloud-based contact centers that will help you keep costs down, customers happy, and processes efficient.
Posted: 03 Jun 2014 | Published: 31 Jul 2012

Genesys

New Analytics Approach Needed for Contact Center Success
sponsored by Five9
EGUIDE: This exclusive e-guide features advice from experts on how to take your contact center from good to great with the right metrics for success. You'll also learn how to make better use of the large amounts of social data that are entering CRM systems with the right analytics approach.
Posted: 21 May 2014 | Published: 21 May 2014

Five9

Make the most of customer interactions in the contact center
sponsored by Calabrio, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, discover how to optimize your contact center processes with the help of new interaction channels such as social media, and make the most of interaction data to learn more about your customers and your company.
Posted: 07 Apr 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Calabrio, Inc.

Three Tips for Measuring Voice in the Sea of Big Data
sponsored by Calabrio, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This resource explores why the contact center has remained a highly untapped source of customer insight, explains how recent advances are giving organizations the power to analyze voice interactions, and counts down three essential success factors that you should consider.
Posted: 03 Apr 2014 | Published: 03 Apr 2014

Calabrio, Inc.

Advanced Technologies Key to Next-Gen Contact Centers
sponsored by LogMeIn, Inc.
EGUIDE: Access this helpful e-guide to learn how to improve customer experience by equipping contact center agents with the right tools and technologies. Discover why Forrester Research analyst Art Schoeller recommends an "outside-in approach" to acquiring new contact center technologies, and explore his key considerations for adopting new tools
Posted: 27 Mar 2014 | Published: 27 Mar 2014

LogMeIn, Inc.

Contact Centers Evolve with Advanced Technologies
sponsored by Desk.com (A Salesforce Company)
EGUIDE: Contact center modernization introduces several challenges, including legacy application integration and managing a growing amount of customer data from new channels. Consult this exclusive e-guide to learn how to overcome the hurdle of legacy application integration with new systems, and how to create a realistic modernization roadmap.
Posted: 24 Mar 2014 | Published: 24 Mar 2014

Desk.com (A Salesforce Company)

Hosted Contact Center and On-Premises Centers Demystified
sponsored by Genesys
EGUIDE: Choosing between an on-premises or a hosted contact center isn't easy, and unfortunately, this decision is further complicated by misconceptions about the differences between the two and what "hosted" and "on-premises" mean. This expert e-guide aims to clarify those definitions and set straight the misconceptions.
Posted: 24 Mar 2014 | Published: 24 Mar 2014

Genesys

Contact Center Metrics for Customer Experience Success
sponsored by Desk.com (A Salesforce Company)
EGUIDE: In this SearchCRM.com expert e-guide, get an inside look at common practices for measuring contact center and organizational performance, and learn how you can transform metrics into a world-class customer experience.
Posted: 24 Mar 2014 | Published: 24 Mar 2014

Desk.com (A Salesforce Company)
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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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