The Command That Makes the Visual Dialplan Builder a 100% Solution

Having a tool that can do 100% of the most common cases and 90% of all cases is really great. However, there’s always going to be that 10% of cases that give you trouble.

When you’re using a product that sets clear limits on functionality to the most common cases, that’s fine. But, if you’re using a full-featured call centre suite, that last 10% definitely needs to be in. In the Indosoft Visual Dialplan Builder, it’s simple to construct a dialplan to meet most needs. Continue reading The Command That Makes the Visual Dialplan Builder a 100% Solution

How to Scale Asterisk Over Multiple Servers

Scaling your Asterisk PBX can be complicated. It’s hard to get more than one Asterisk server acting as a single PBX. A call comes in, and you want it to go where it’s supposed to go. But it takes a ridiculous amount of effort to get your installation to do what you want.

Take a look at the typical setup, where you have two Asterisk servers, with a trunk between them: Continue reading How to Scale Asterisk Over Multiple Servers

It’s Less Stress to Test

You say failure is not an option. So let’s get prepared. Whether you’re deploying your call center in the Cloud or installing your ACD system locally, it’s important to make sure the whole system matches your needs. Testing is crucial. You don’t want to find out that a single Asterisk server was insufficient after logging in 300 agents. We can provide advice and rough guidelines. The sheer number of options available for the platform itself, as well as the number of use cases that Q-Suite allows, mean that it can be impossible to be sure that a specific configuration will be problem free without trying it. Continue reading It’s Less Stress to Test

Renting Versus Owning: Solving the Dilemma

Have you ever heard renting is like throwing your money away? What about the large sum of money you have to pay to own? In the case of a house, making a down payment, buying mortgage insurance, surveys, inspections, legal fees and interest payments can also feel like your money is disappearing into a hole. The benefit of renting is the flexibility, the low upfront cost, and having someone else responsible for updates and upgrades. The benefit of owning is being able to do whatever you want with the property, and a stable environment if you plan on having the same needs for a length of time.

The same arguments go on with software and hardware. You may decide to buy a perpetual license to your call center ACD system, or you may decide to go with the monthly licensing option. But what’s the right option for you? Continue reading Renting Versus Owning: Solving the Dilemma

Stop Giving Your Q/A Team Your Client’s Credit Card Numbers

Have you ever had someone ask for your credit card number over the phone? That question always makes me uncomfortable.  My personal policy is to never give it out if I’m the one who was called. If I have called in, and it makes sense in the context of the call, I give it out over the phone. Continue reading Stop Giving Your Q/A Team Your Client’s Credit Card Numbers

Integrating Your Contact Center

Where, oh where, is your agent phone rung?

Do you know where your agents are? What if the agent is a supervisor or key person who may handle some calls, but may also have to move around the building? Your business may be issuing tablets or laptops so that people can work as they move. You don’t want to force them to use their cellphone all the time, or use a headset on their iPad. Continue reading Integrating Your Contact Center

Are You Recycling Your Leads Correctly?

Have you ever gotten a call from a call center, then gotten another call from the same number 5 minutes later? Maybe you were screening your calls, or you saw the caller ID come in while you were on the other line. Anyway, super annoying. Chances are that you weren’t too happy. Did their call center software break? Did they have you in their list multiple times? Or are they straight up incompetent? It doesn’t matter. They upset you. Continue reading Are You Recycling Your Leads Correctly?

Can You Spot Problems In Your Call Center Software?

Every call center has issues from time to time.  You could have an issue with audio quality, calls sitting in queue without being answered, or calls not even reaching the queue in the first place. You may be the greatest diagnostic genius ever, but if you don’t have better system access, the data you need may be out of your reach. Continue reading Can You Spot Problems In Your Call Center Software?

Managing Your Agents Managing Your Leads

Some call center workflows require that a specific agent handles a particular lead. There can be many reasons why. The biggest reason is a scheduled callback: the client needs a call at another time so they can check with their wife, budget for the purchase, or any of a million other reasons. Sometimes leads are assigned from a pool, and agents are expected to work them to completion. Sometimes there’s a complicated process that kicks off from the start of the contact to completion. A mortgage application, installation of a service onsite, or similar circumstances can require a back and forth with an agent who can maintain the file until resolution. Continue reading Managing Your Agents Managing Your Leads