It is always a challenge to categorize the Contact Center Solutions week in review items because of the broad interests of the community, and this week is a great case in point. From customer deployments to new capabilities to advice and insights it is often hard to know where to know where to begin.
This week there is actually a great starting point. As you can see from my Editor’s Choice item, community host Interactive Intelligence is hosting a free webinar on Jan. 28, “Key 2014 Contact Center Trends and Priorities: How You Can Be Ready.” Hearing from internationally respected industry experts is a terrific way to start the New Year.
There were several new capabilities announced this week that were noteworthy. These included:
There were also more than a few words of advice to be shared on a variety of subjects.
In other industry news, Clarabridge reported 45 percent growth in CEM subscription revenue for 2013 and secured $80 million in new funding from General Catalyst Partners, Summit Partners and Unica-founder Yuchun Lee. Investors also pumped $6 million into ResponseTek, a Vancouver-based provider of custom experience management software, to fund its growth and expand into the Middle East and Asia, according to a statement released by the company.
Aside from funding, there were customer wins, partnerships and a case to be made for cloud-based contact centers that made news. First, Merkle was selected by Twitter for Tailored Audiences Solution, a CRM capability that the social media company will pay handsome dividends. DocbookMD, a physician-run mobile health technology company based in Austin, Texas, entered into a partnership with MAP Communications, a national call center provider that supports thousands of medical groups and hospitals throughout the United States. A new cloud-based contact center that centralizes global inbound communications is giving ModusLink a competitive advantage. And, Motorola Solutions claims its Staff Communications and Management solution can help store associates work together for more effective operations and a better customer experience. Its communication services for retail enterprises include on-the-go employee support offerings, PTT, VoIP, workforce and task management, and manager dashboards.
As noted above, ITEXPO is only days away, and a great way to prepare for the series of contact center solutions sessions that will be part of the event is to get ready by making full use of the community home page. It is constantly being updated with links to great resources—eBooks, whitepapers, videos, demos, etc. Plus, for detailed information on specific areas of interest, our affiliated channels — Accounts Receivable Management, Business Process Automation, CaaS, Cloud-based Contact Centers and Insurance Technology — are places to visit frequently and bookmark.
I hope to see you in Miami. By all means stop and say hello.