Moving Contact Center infrastructure into Cloud

It is not an easy decision but we can feel the trend. The growth of IP (Internet Protocol) Network and the availability of Bandwidth at lower costs are pushing organizations to consider data centers for their infrastructure. There are compelling reasons to setting up a Contact Center in the Cloud.

Cloud in our context is a well recognized data center with excellent connectivity and decent infrastructure. Some of the immediate advantages of  Cloud for a contact center operation are, Continue reading Moving Contact Center infrastructure into Cloud

Setting up next generation contact centers with Asterisk

Before we get into aspects of setting up a contact center, it is important to clarify what I mean by “next generation”? I am referring to the infrastructure and technology associated with a contact center. What is so important about it? Technology evolution is a by-product of the demands placed by users to enhance productivity, offer flexibility and reduce the overall cost of acquisition and operation of contact centers. Continue reading Setting up next generation contact centers with Asterisk

Call center migration to Asterisk

Migration to Asterisk is an attractive proposition and resisting it is futile. Let us look at this more critically.  TDM is gradually giving way to IP and VoIP is here to stay. Everyone will eventually look for a platform to migrate to VoIP. Call centers are no exceptions. Managing the risk of such a migration is critical. It is also important to grasp short comings of VoIP and Asterisk  as they grow and manage it properly. In return, the rewards of such a migration can be disproportionately large. Asterisk makes it easy to move into IP telephony without giving up TDM. The richness of its PBX will amaze anyone. Cost savings are enormous.

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Q-Suite has in-built CDR to capture cradle to grave data for calls

There is a constant demand from our contact center software customers for greater granularity in the details of the call center reports. Reports are based on data collected and retained by the system and there are numerous reporting possibilities on Agent, Queue and ACD performance. Here are some of the generic contact center reports based on Indosoft call center software, Q-Suite. Continue reading Q-Suite has in-built CDR to capture cradle to grave data for calls

Basic network topology for Call Center setup

Efficient network setup can enhance the quality of your VoIP experience.  Even if you are averse to VoIP terminations for routing long distance traffic, within your call center, you can take advantage of VoIP. Here is a simple but efficient topology for Asterisk based call center setup.

Asterisk based contact center network layout
Asterisk based contact center network layout

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Considerations while setting up contact centers using Asterisk

Asterisk opens up a lot of options while setting up contact centers. Last ten years have heralded a revolution in the contact center technology platform. During this period VoIP technology has dramatically altered the landscape of of telecommunications.  Asterisk being an hybrid PBX with inbuilt support for VoIP and TDM, is the force behind the change in the contact center technology platform. Let us consider some of the options that are available for Asterisk based call centers. Continue reading Considerations while setting up contact centers using Asterisk

Cost of Setting up a 100 Seat Call Center on Asterisk Platform

I am generally tasked with the Web DEMO of Indosoft call center software Q-Suite for Asterisk. A Web DEMO is usually very interactive where the viewer has full control of my laptop and we can do almost everything (not run the predictive dialer, of course). All the Inbound IVR, Queue, Agent nail-up and an incredible amount of contact center functionality, all are with a few clicks of the button. At the end of the demo we will invariably enter the topic of cost of setting up a call center platform. Continue reading Cost of Setting up a 100 Seat Call Center on Asterisk Platform

Apache MySQL under Ubuntu 9.x

Indosoft deploys contact center solutions all over the world. We prefer that our clients purchase server hardware from vendors like DELL, directly. With so many things changing, it is always a challenge to get everything in order. Call center solutions have too many moving parts. We use Ubuntu, Asterisk and our call center software Q-Suite. We have a nifty installer which keeps track of all our SVN, database and OS deployment packages. It is still a challenge due to the sheer complexity of the world of call centers. Continue reading Apache MySQL under Ubuntu 9.x

This Script Builder Tool is a hit with Call Centers

Indosoft call center software Q-Suite is designed for enterprise contact centers using or migrating to Asterisk PBX.  It has an extremely powerful Script Builder for use with both Inbound and Outbound campaigns. For Inbound, the scripts can be associated to pop-up at Queue level and for outbound the scripts can be associated with Lists. One or more lists will form the lead base for outbound. The Script Builder is a WYSIWYG tool with powerful tools that allows contact center administrators to build a multi-page script  incorporating texts, variables, URLs and other neat features. Continue reading This Script Builder Tool is a hit with Call Centers

Impact of MySQL CDR on Call Center Software for Asterisk

Asterisk has revolutionized telecom, PBX and call centers. Asterisk is also widely used as a media gateway and voice recording server. It is a vast and daunting task to document all the vertical and horizontal applications of Asterisk. We at Indosoft have experienced the impact of Asterisk on contact centers as well as call center software development. The growth and maturity of  Asterisk is startling. As a consequence, we  do from time to time encounter difficulties in the implementation of the features essential in a contact center software as Asterisk introduces new and extremely useful functional enhancements. Continue reading Impact of MySQL CDR on Call Center Software for Asterisk