The customer service journey of the (not so distant) future

By |July 27th, 2017|

In the movie Big Hero 6, the inflatable Baymax robot is a healthcare companion who can diagnose and suggest treatment based on the 10,000 medical procedures he has learnt, all within a two-second body scan. So, how far off are we from using such technology for customer service?

We are in fact already using artificial intelligence

Where do humans fit in a world of digital personal assistants?

By |June 28th, 2017|

The fourth industrial revolution is reshaping businesses and the global economy. While previous industrial revolutions moved at a linear pace, the fourth is leveraging digital developments and disrupting all businesses, in all industries, at an exponential rate. The lines between physical and digital are being blurred as technological innovation brings a level of automation previously

From helpdesk to service desk – the evolution of the contact centre

By |June 14th, 2017|

A company’s helpdesk has a very important role to play in the business. It is the first – and often only – point of contact for answering users’ questions. Today, an increasing focus is being put on customer service, which means that it has become imperative for helpdesks to evolve into something more: they need

Training is the key to continued success in contact centres

By |January 23rd, 2017|

As businesses, both large and small, become more digital and move into the world of online, the modern call centre is often the initial, and in some cases the single point of customer contact. But to ensure contact centre agents are equipped to provide a positive customer experience, the role of training cannot be overlooked.

Customer experience and ratings – why it should be a two-way street

By |September 19th, 2016|

Customer experience management has traditionally been about customers being able to rate a business based on their interaction, or a business gathering information to better understand what a customer is thinking to provide a better service. But there is an element that has thus far been neglected in contact centres – rating the customer.

Good communication

Why your contact centre competitors have moved to cloud technology

By |September 7th, 2016|

Cloud-based contact centres have massively increased in popularity over the past 8-10 years. Figures suggest that 41% of contact centres have already migrated to the Cloud or are in the process of doing so, and another 36% are learning more about it. Cloud-based contact centres provide your business with a number of significant benefits, including

3 cloud security considerations for every call centre

By |July 19th, 2016|

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With any IT infrastructure within a contact centre comes risk. And while this risk should not paralyse operations, it should be investigated carefully and practically to find the safest and most appropriate solution. 

There are a few key considerations that should inform a business owner’s decision around what solutions and systems to implement in

5 reasons to outsource your cloud call centre tech

By |June 30th, 2016|

Whether it stems from our desire to remain in control or the often inherent mistrust of outsourcing services, many businesses prefer keeping departments in-house. But when looked at from a different perspective, it becomes clear that to manage specialist technology, we need specialist resources, for a number of reasons. With managed services such as cloud-based

Are you managing the people or the tech?

By |June 10th, 2016|

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Technology, when implemented effectively in a contact centre, is a powerful tool. But, what is often overlooked is that call centres are about the people first, and the technology is simply the enabler that helps provide the best customer experience, says Jed Hewson, contact centre technology pioneer in South Africa and co-founder of

Is your contact centre a brand building or grudge centre?

By |May 12th, 2016|

Streamlined systems, self-service options, real-time communication and measured results define the contact centre of the future.

We all know the theory: consumers are changing the way they interact with each other and businesses. But how many contact centres have taken full advantage of this?

If businesses are willing to embrace the ubiquitous technology solutions available, the once-dreaded