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

The cloud is broadening its horizons

By |March 29th, 2017|

Cloud technology is no longer the new kid on the block. It has slowly and steadily infiltrated almost all aspects of our lives, from personal device storage to large-scale enterprise management systems, bringing with it convenience, but more importantly for businesses, cost savings and agility.

Life – and work – in the cloud

The cloud has given

Technology trends that will shape the contact centre of the future

By |February 20th, 2017|

2016, a year that garnered endless negative press, brought significant economic and political upheaval, both in South Africa and internationally. And while these challenges put the local market under severe pressure, with many businesses being forced to downsize, the contact centre industry has continued to thrive.

According to Jed Hewson and Bruce von Maltitz, Co-founders and

6 tips to keep productivity and quality high in call centres this festive

By |November 15th, 2016|

The lead up to the holiday season can be daunting for those in the retail industry, particularly for call centres and contact centres who bear the brunt of the increased workload, and often heightened tempers. While managing this period might seem overwhelming to the staff and managers involved, there are some key things to bear in

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

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

Why education needs technology-led transformation in the contact centre

By |September 14th, 2015|

As with most other industries, education and academia is fast being transformed by the rapid shift to online mechanisms of consumption and delivery. The ways in which educational institutions manage their communications and service delivery are in flux, as students/consumers begin to demand real-time interaction, instant feedback and online services, says Bruce Von Maltitz, managing