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For The Profession of Cloud/SaaS Product Support
It's time for a change, for something new to be added to the Contact Center Technology Suite. Currently, there are at least 70 manufacturers of what might be called Case Management Systems for customer contact centers. A good CMS resource is a requirement for any customer contact center that wants to be effective. However, the implementation and use of a CMS application, while it can help you to manage cases, will not guarantee effective management of the center itself. It's time for a change; are you ready to be a part of it?

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Many companies these days want to be perceived as being "Customer Centric." The rewards of customer loyalty supposedly to be gained through attaining such status certainly seem impressive. It's understandable that senior management teams and contact center executives would want to jump on the bandwagon and talk of customer centricity initiatives of their own. Unfortunately, the moves being made and the path being followed are mostly transaction centric rather than truly being about a mutually profitable and therefore continuing relationship between company and customer.

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In any organization, Power Follows Money. One of the principal reasons why the Customer Support/Service department is low on the corporate pecking order is the lack of clarity about its contribution to overall company profitability. That needs to change. Start by producing a verifiable Cost Per Operational Minute value, and build your profitability picture from that beginning.

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The costs for maintaining the training inventory for the company's customer contact center are seldom if ever tracked or reported. As a result, senior management's ability to make financially sound decisions regarding the center is hampered. This is the seventh article in the "A Contact Center Primer" series for executive management teams. While directly applicable to all technology companies, the implications for Software As A Service companies will be significant.

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