Contact Center Solutions Featured Article

Outdated Working Practices Creating Losses in UK Contact Centers

June 13, 2008

The contact center industry in the U.K. could be losing $200 million a year due to the use of antiquated working practices. This estimate is according to virtualization software provider, CosmoCom (News - Alert).

That equates to the annual gross domestic product (GDP) of the Central African Republic, and is more that the GDP of many Caribbean economies, such as Grenada and St. Lucia.

CosmoCom has estimated that of the 960,000 U.K .agents in the roughly 6,000 contact centers, only eight percent work in ‘hosted’ environments, or contact centers that have run over an operator’s network and provide all the necessary hardware and software.

Relying on its own return on investment (ROI) calculator, CosmoCom estimates that the set up costs, per seat overheads and IT support and equipment costs using hosted ‘on demand’ contact center environments dramatically reduce the operation expenses of an on-premise site. These savings can run as much as hundreds of millions pounds.

"Hosted contact centre environments provide savings and operation efficiency improvements in a number of areas," said Mike Adolphy, UK managing director of CosmoCom, in a statement.

"With IT managers stretched, having contact centre technology hosted reliably and securely by experts provides piece of mind, improves customer service and frees up the IT manager to focus on other mission critical operations. It is truly mind-boggling the amount of savings that the UK contact centre industry is missing out on by continuing with cumbersome on-premise systems."

CosmoCom’s estimates are based purely on IT and staff. Adolphy noted that at a time of rising fuel prices, reducing real estate and power requirements could also provide extra savings on the bottom line.

Mona Sultan, Datamonitor, an industry analyst group, highlighted that contact center managers would increasingly need to look at hosted communications environments to further improve customer service and reduce overheads.

"The contact centre is often seen as a cost centre, when in fact consolidating technology onto one platform that can enable staff to operate from any location while operating as if in one single site could help firms make significant cost savings," Sultan said.

Hosted environments can present significant cost savings to the contact center and its supporting organization, but not all centers can support a hosted environment that will deliver cost savings. 
It is important that the contact center identify its current needs, operations and solutions before making a move to either hosted or on-premise solutions that are designed to enhance operations.
 
Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMC (News - Alert) and has also written for Market Drive News. To see more of her articles, please visit Susan J. Campbell’s columnist page.
 

Article comments powered by Disqus

Related Contact Center Solutions Articles

Contact Center Solutions Week in Review: Interactive Intelligence, Aspect Software and Nice Systems

What an unusual week in the Contact Center Solutions Community. I never thought I would use the word "war" in an article for the community, but interestingly in different context I ended up using it not once but twice. [ Read More ]
11/22/2014

Aspect Software Declares War in Workforce Optimization Market

We may be closing in on the holiday season and a time of "good cheer," but reality is that competition in business is a 24/7/365 affair. And, depending on whether you are a competitor or possible customer, it looks like this holiday season thanks to a new initiative by customer experience solutions provider Aspect Software you are either looking at a possible lump of coal in you X-mas stocking or a valuable present. The reason is Aspect has dropped the gloves in the hotly contested Workforce Opt… [ Read More ]
11/21/2014

Ozonetel Integrates CloudAgent with Zoho CRM

A big part of improving the customer experience, regardless of whether you are an enterprise or a service provider, is breaking down the silos of customer information that exist inside an organization. Having a full view of the customer is important to customer lifecycle management and hence the overall customer experience. And, one of the big places to look for enhancing visibility into all things customer related is obviously tight integration with various capabilities with customer relationsh… [ Read More ]
11/21/2014

LiveVox Data Center to Bring Cloud Contact Center Capabilities to Canada

As financial results from various contact center and unified communications (UC) solutions providers continue to flow in for this quarter two things are becoming increasingly clear. First, is that those seeking to upgrade their customer experience capabilities are accelerating the adoption of the cloud and hybrid solutions as their preferred path. Second, is that North America continues to be the hotbed of this with not just the large U.S. market as a target of opportunity, but also the vibrant … [ Read More ]
11/21/2014
Subscribe here for your FREE Contact
Center Solutions
enewslettter.

Events

Weekly Live Demo
Contact Center Solutions

Register Today!


Weekly Live Demo
CaaS Small Center

Register Today!