Cisco has introduced a variety of new additions to its Webex Contact Center portfolio, released in February 2020. These include Webex Experience Management, Webex Contact Center Enterprise, and Google Contact Center Artificial Intelligence (CCAI).
Webex Experience Management fuses Webex with Cisco acquisition CloudCherry. New capabilities focusing on improving customer service include:
Webex Contact Center Enterprise offers a scalable solution, supporting 2,000 to 24,000 concurrent agents per tenant. The solution is cloud-based, with add-on options and APIs, and has an administrative portal for management by Contact Center staff.
Cisco is also utilizing AI-enabled features that utilize Cisco’s acquisitions Voicea and MindMeld, alongside partnering with Google CCAI’s Dialogflow. In particular, Google CCAI offers a conversational IVR, bot customer virtual assistant, and Cisco Answers. Google CCAI solutions are to be released mid to late 2020.
Source: Software Reviews, Cisco Unified Contact Center Enterprise Product Scorecard, Accessed February 7, 2020.
It was only a matter of time until CloudCherry’s capabilities would be fused with Cisco’s Webex Contact Center Portfolio. This new addition, coupled with Cisco’s partnership with Google, ensures Cisco remains a key player in the contact center as a service marketspace.
However, Cisco joins the vast range of vendors in this space offering a subscription model for its contact-center-as-a-service solution. It is not yet clear how this will fare against Amazon Connect’s pay-per-use model, which is growing in popularity. As most vendors in the contact-center-as-a-service market have largely matured what capabilities are table stakes (which Cisco’s Webex Contact Center portfolio now meets), 2020 will largely unfold as a battle between these two payment models.
The complication to this battle, of course, is how quickly Microsoft can roll out its contact center model for Teams. For if a contact center solution for Teams meets standard capabilities over the next two years (the initial offering rolling out in mid-2020), Office 365 users will be hard-pressed to explain why they would choose other suites or solutions.
Five9’s CX Summit for 2021 hosted events and interactive sessions that explored best practices for using Five9 as well as an outline of Five9’s roadmap for the coming year. Of special focus was Five9’s projected investments in voice technologies for the contact center.
John Aniano, Senior Vice President of Product in CRM applications at Zendesk, sat down with Info-Tech to discuss the current state of the contact center as a service (CCaaS) market space and Zendesk’s position in that space.
On July 7, 2021, TCN briefed Info-Tech on its continued growth, Experian partnership, and CCaaS platform TCN Operator.
On June 18, 2021, Aspect Software briefed Info-Tech on the rationale behind its merger with Noble Systems to found Alvaria. Aspect and Noble announced the merger on May 10, 2021, positioning Alvaria as a market leader in contact management and workforce engagement management (WEM), with half a billion dollars in combined revenue.
On March 24, 2021, Orange briefed Info-Tech on its UCaaS Business Services solution. Orange has positioned its solution to be flexible and adaptable to a range of client use cases. Not only does Orange’s UCaaS offering center within a broad portfolio of solutions (from omnichannel contact center to CPaaS), Orange also offers multi-deployment options, including on-premises, private, hybrid, and public/multi-cloud.
On December 1, Twilio – a cloud communications platform – briefed Info-Tech on its contact center as a service (CCaaS) solution, Flex.
On December 1, Zendesk – a global customer service software company – briefed Info-Tech on its contact center as a service (CCaaS) solution, Zendesk Talk.
On October 21, 2020, Avaya briefed its OneCloud CCaaS solution. OneCloud CCaaS provides an omnichannel experience with market-leading capabilities. If one’s organization is already embedded in the Avaya ecosystem, then OneCloud CCaaS ought to be leveraged if contact center functionality is sought.
On October 23, 2020, Verizon briefed its Contact Center Hub for SMBs. Launched October 1, Contact Center Hub is a hosted cloud service aimed at providing an easy-to-use multi-channel contact center solution for small- and mid-sized organizations. For SMBs that do not have a large customer base and only require the basics, consider shortlisting Verizon’s Contact Center Hub – especially if Verizon’s solutions are already being used in the organization.