The Ultimate Guide To Cloud Contact Centres
What is the cloud?
The “cloud” has changed how we approach computing in our everyday lives. This system is aptly named because much like the fluffy mounds above us, it is very much a ubiquitous part of the day-to-day.
What is it? The cloud is a system that allows users to access and store data, software and computer technology using a WAN network. There are currently a few types of cloud computing; Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS); or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Included in this list is Communications-Platform-as-a-Service (CPaaS).
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What is a cloud contact centre?
A private cloud or enterprise cloud is server – based, meaning a larger company’s infrastructure can just move to it. Private cloud providers don’t offer any maintenance, data centre updates or management, everything is controlled by the company using it. It also comes with a higher level of security as data is stored behind a firewall and not shared with another organisation.
With a public setup, users would not be responsible for managing a public cloud service. Usually, the cloud provider handles data storage, maintenance and management. Security-wise, all data is kept separate from other users and the provider is responsible for securing it. An example of a public cloud is Amazon’s AWS, which is currently the largest.
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What are some benefits of a cloud contact centre?
On-premise (capex) rents are high and developing a physical contact centre means considering hardware purchasing and licensing costs. A cloud-based system (opex) usually only needs a strong internet connection and an IT budget.
Data storage depends on what you need from your centre. Larger enterprises require a more secure network line (VPN) and usually, go for a private cloud set up with a centralised data centre for a singular enterprise. Others might prefer a SaaS (software as a service) solution delivered via a public cloud which has its own data centre that is shared but siloed.
Integrating an existing CRM (customer relationship management) system with a cloud contact centre can positively change how call data is managed. However, a company’s CRM should support open API connectivity in order to reap the benefits.
Figure out which channels are the most important to brand communication. Sometimes social channels have more impact than voice. Configure the contact centre so that these channels are prioritised and enquiries sent to the right agents.
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Implementing a cloud contact centre
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Managing a workforce in the cloud
Cloud centres manage data from multiple channels and can be plugged into a dashboard with metrics able to both improve the customer experience and help agents and managers make sense of agent performance.
Since 79% of channel volumes are calls, metrics such as call quality scoring, call through rate and first contact resolution can help centre management determine how well their agents are performing.
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Cloud contact centre reporting
Reports in cloud-based centres can help teams measure real-time and past performance metrics against their specific performance goals. Reporting should also provide the ability to link both web-based and conversational performance.
There are multiple reports available within a contact centre environment, the cloud has storage and database solutions that make data available in perpetuity. Meaning that all forms of reporting (user actions, call history, recordings, billing) are available for specific customers, allowing agents to connect faster with more real-time information at hand.
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Call centre vs contact centre
Today’s call centre uses a phone-based system to connect customers with company representatives trained to both, offer answers to their queries and technical assistance if needed.
In terms of hardware and software, call centres often use interactive voice response systems (IVR). They are also restricted to on-premise hardware including; a local area network (LAN) desktop computers for agents, an automatic call distributor, a predictive dialer – which automatically connects to groups of numbers for outbound calls. Additionally, IVR, voice logging, voice recording and messaging systems.
Cloud-based contact centres use the internet highway to function and offer omnichannel support, meaning that they recognise and communicate with customers coming from both phone and other channels such as mobile, email, social media and SMS. Often contact centres are integrated with a company’s customer relationship management system (CRM), making it easier to track and analyse interactions so that all channels can be optimised for better service.
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Cloud contact centre security
Here's what contact centre security should consist of
Most important, cloud contact centre security systems are constantly updated to meet technological threats head-on.