Cisco Systems has announced its intent to acquire Composite Software, which provides data virtualization to help IT departments interconnect data and systems; the purchase is scheduled to complete in early August. Cisco of course is known for its ability to interconnect just about anything with its networking technology; this acquisition will help it connect data better across networks. Over the last decade Composite had been refining the science of virtualizing data but had reached the peak of what it could do by itself, struggling to grow enough to meet the expectations of its investors, board of directors, employees, the market and visionary CEO Jim Green, who is well-known for his long commitment to improving data and technology architectures. According to press reports on the Internet, Cisco paid $180 million for Composite, which if true would be a good reward for people who have worked at Composite for some time and who were substantive shareholders.
Topics: Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Cisco, Cloud Computing, Composite Software, Data Management, Data Virtualization, Information Applications, Information Management, Information Optimization, Internet of Everything, IT Performance, Networking, Operational Performance, Strata+Hadoop, Data
Cisco is without doubt best known as a supplier of networking systems. Its products have been used by companies large and small to build local and wide area networks. It has played in the contact center space as a provider of network and call management systems that sit between public networks and contact center agents to manage the delivery of interactions to the right extensions and provide agents with softphones so they can manage inbound and outbound calls. These systems were designed to operate in a multi-supplier environment so companies could build contact centers that made use of existing ACD and PBX systems. Cisco’s go-to-market strategy has been primarily indirect, and it has therefore built up a vast ecosystems of partners that sell, deliver and support its systems.
Topics: Business Analytics, Business Collaboration, Call Center, Cisco, Cloud Computing, Collaboration, Contact Center, Contact Center Analytics, CRM, Customer & Contact Center, Customer Service, Logitech, Mobile Apps, Operational Performance, Sales Performance, Social, Social Media, Unified Communications, Workforce Force Optimization, Customer Experience, Analytics, Upstream Works
My recent benchmark into the unified customer service agent desktop shows how critical the agent desktop is to improving agent satisfaction, meeting key customer-related metrics and enhancing the customer experience. The typical agent desktop contains multiple systems that allow agents access to multiple communication channels, business applications, messages and performance dashboards. The result is that the desktop is cluttered with systems, frustrating agents, driving up average interaction handling times, and impacting the customer experience as agents search for the information to resolve interactions. The research shows a direct correlation between implementing a unified or smart agent desktop and agent satisfaction, with the direct result that more satisfied agents are twice as likely to meet key metrics such as customer satisfaction, net promoter and customer effort.
Topics: Call Center, Cisco, Cloud Computing, Collaboration, Contact Center, CRM, Customer & Contact Center, Customer Service, Operational Performance, Sales Performance, Upstream Works, Voice of the Customer, Workforce Force Optimization, Customer Experience, Analytics
Since it was founded in 1999, salesforce.com has been driving other vendors and end-user organizations to rethink how they supply and purchase software. The company has grown from being a supplier of CRM in the cloud to a vendor with diverse offerings that include a development platform, an app exchange, platforms that support marketing, sales and customer service, knowledge management, desktop technology, collaboration, website development, social media support and analytics. Along the way it has also become a powerful marketing machine – which sometimes gets in the way of understanding just what its products do and don’t do, and where they all fit. This obfuscation also extends to its extensive range of partners, where again it is sometimes hard to know who it deals with and how.
Topics: Business Collaboration, Call Center, Cisco, Cloud Computing, Contact Center, Contact Center Analytics, CRM, Customer Analytics, Customer & Contact Center, Customer Data Management, Customer Service, Interactive Intelligence, LiveOps, NewVoicemedia, Salesforce.com, Social CRM, Social Media, Speech Analytics, Text Analytics, Vocalcom, Voice of the Customer, Customer Experience, Analytics
I have spent the last two days at the U.K.’s largest contact center trade show, which this year moved to London Olympia from the NEC in Birmingham. While the overall number of visitors seemed to be down, some exhibitors told me there were more high-level attendees with serious intent to purchase.
Topics: and Verint, Business Mobility, Call Center, Cisco, Cloud Computing, Contact Center, Contact Center Analytics, CRM, cTalk Ltd, Customer Analytics, Customer & Contact Center, Customer Data Management, Customer Feedback Management, Customer Service, Desktop Analytics, Enghouse interactive, Enkata, Genesys, Interactive Intelligence, NewVoicemedia, Nexidia, Noble Systems, Operational Performance, Predictive Analytics, SAP, ShoreTel, Social CRM, Social Media, Speech Analytics, Text Analytics, Unified Communications, Voice of the Customer, Workforce Management, Workforce Performance, Customer Experience, Analytics, Digital Technology, Call Copy