Broken Knight: Consequences of Rushing into Production

Tuesday June 23rd was a huge day for people like me in the video game world. Batman: Arkham Knight was releasing and all of the reviews had been stellar. Reviews were glowing about how flawlessly the game ran and performed on the PS4, which made me incredibly happy as the PS4 is my platform of choice. However, the PC port of the game was a complete disaster. The game was so broken on PC that the publisher has stopped selling the PC version until it is fixed. That is quite a blow to all the PC players out there and puts a really ugly stamp on the game itself. The game itself had been delayed twice, and it appears that even with these delays, the PC version was still rushed into production. Continue reading Broken Knight: Consequences of Rushing into Production

Common Sense and the Contact Center ACD

Here are a quick hitters about common sense and the contact center ACD:

  • If you feel like you must use a virtual server, please don’t configure the virtual device to have more resources than the actual physical server. Just because it’s virtual doesn’t magically transform your 8GB physical server into three 32GB virtual devices.
  • Network latency is going to happen if you decide that routing calls from Manilla to Los Angeles to London to Manilla is a good idea. Just because it is VoIP does not mean that data all of sudden gets transmitted instantly, just like normal old internet traffic does not get transmitted instantly.
  • If your hosted platform gives you minimum and recommended specifications for your servers and you opt for the minimum, do not be surprised when certain services are not performing in a desired fashion. If you decide that an Asterisk server only needs the minimum requirements, which will handle X amount of calls, do not be shocked when X+1 calls will cause problems.
I would like to think that these are quite obvious, however, they appear not to be. We talked last week about how to avoid extinction for your contact center. Having common sense can go a long way in making sure that doesn’t happen.

Jurassic World opens this weekend! Avoiding Extinction in your Contact Center

It’s been a long long time since I’ve been this excited for a movie. I have fond memories of hitting the local theater back in 1993 and being awestruck for the entire experience. Even today, the top notch special effects in Jurassic Park hold up against recent films. That is quite a feat. However, dinosaurs had their time and extinction was their fate. How can you avoid this for your contact center? Continue reading Jurassic World opens this weekend! Avoiding Extinction in your Contact Center

Open or Closed Relationship: Which One is Right for You?

Open source software has come a long way in the last few decades. What was once just a mash of code lying around that lacked features and actual usefulness and usability, can now be full-fledged solutions for individuals and companies alike. Is an open source based software solution right for you or your contact center though? Let’s compare a few points of interest. Continue reading Open or Closed Relationship: Which One is Right for You?

Avengers Assemble! Gathering the Pieces You Need for Your Contact Center ACD

It’s a big weekend for movie fans. The first weekend in May unofficially begins the summer season for Hollywood blockbusters, and there’s never been an absolute lock for a tentpole like Avengers: Age of Ultron. After the first Avengers film completely shattered the record for the opening weekend take with a lofty $207M, the sequel is expected to surpass that. Quite incredible. Just as the Marvel universe needed to gather Earth’s mightiest heroes, you too will need to wrangle up the proper components for your contact center ACD. Let’s have a look. Continue reading Avengers Assemble! Gathering the Pieces You Need for Your Contact Center ACD

Game of Thrones Episodes Leak! How to Prevent a Similar Event in your Contact Center

On the weekend the first four episodes of Game of Thrones Season 5 had been leaked on the web. It appears that the leaks were made by a person or group on HBO’s list of approved recipients. HBO is assessing the leak and will deal with it as they see fit. The task of avoiding spoilers for the four episodes is going to be fairly tough, I think, but if you’re a watcher of the series, I sincerely hope we can all stay spoiler-free. Continue reading Game of Thrones Episodes Leak! How to Prevent a Similar Event in your Contact Center

Apple Watch or Samsung Gear? Get More Mobile!

Smart watches and wearable technology aren’t entirely new, however I’m sure that there are millions of people eagerly awaiting the release date of the Apple Watch. The Samsung Gear has been in the wild for a bit already, but there’s always going to be that dividing line of Apple/non-Apple users, so now both sides will have options. How can we relate this to a call center? Continue reading Apple Watch or Samsung Gear? Get More Mobile!

Customize Your Experience!

We’ve talked a few times in older posts about how agents can effectively use scripts and how scripts can be created with ease in the Q-Suite. Aside from the scripts being used by agents in day to day operations and how to actually construct the scripts themselves, we haven’t necessarily talked about how an administrator can manage these scripts. Let’s do that now. Continue reading Customize Your Experience!

Voicemail in the Call Center ACD

We are going to talk a bit about voicemail in this post. Whether you like or dislike voicemail as a whole, I think we can agree that it is a fairly important medium for communication. Personally, I am not a huge fan of leaving and/or checking voicemail, but I may very well be in the minority. Let us go over some of the ways to configure and use voicemail in the Q-Suite. Continue reading Voicemail in the Call Center ACD

Recycle Times in the Call Center ACD

Outbound dialing is still an integral part of the contact center acd landscape. Leads can be generated in a multitude of ways, such as purchasing a list or a website inquiry, and depending on the weighted priority, they may be called in different fashions. It’s abundantly clear, that when outbound dialing, your agents will not connect to every number they dial. When this case happens, the agents disposition the call in a relevant manner, and carry on with the next call. We need to make sure that these non-connected get called back in a timely fashion. This is where we use recycle times. Continue reading Recycle Times in the Call Center ACD