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

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

Tech savvy contact centres are a must-have for higher learning institutions

By |October 18th, 2016|

There is endless data that supports claims of how technology is shifting how we interact with each other and with the information we gather, but even more telling than the numbers, is the change in terminology from a call centre to a contact centre. It’s not just about a sea of agents fielding incoming calls anymore. Instead, contact

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

Visual IVR – Creating a more engaging customer service environment

By |April 22nd, 2016|

Anybody who has ever had to phone a call centre knows the frustration of listening to numerous menu options before eventually being able to speak to an agent. But thanks to the emergence of visual interactive response technology, this no longer needs to be the case, says Bruce Von Maltitz, co-founder at 1Stream.

“Whether it is

The Star newspaper: Good customer service is key to your brand

By |April 30th, 2015|

1Stream’s MD, Bruce Von Maltitz, was featured in The Star newspaper on 8 April, 2015.

Key takeaway: “The secret to successful, consistent customer service is the ability to manage, measure and maintain good standards. Gaining this level of visibility requires a robust system and well-thought-out and managed processes and reporting mechanisms.”  Link to full copy of