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Desktop Process Analytics: The Overlooked Overachiever

I originally wanted to title this blog “Answering the Musical Question: How Do You Know What You Don’t Know If You Don’t Know That You Don’t Know It?” Then I realized that the title had so many characters that it would pretty much exclude me from Tweeting about it, so I decided to back off […]

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Speech Analytics: Debunking the Myths

Like the urban legends that lurk ceaselessly on the Internet, every industry has its own share of myths that seem to take on a life of their own.  Even in the contact center industry we have our share of myths, misunderstandings and mix-ups. Unfortunately, we don’t have our own version of Snopes to check on […]

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Back-Office Workforce Management: The Second Wave

It was in 2011 that the back office first came to our attention at Saddletree Research as a potentially disruptive force in the global contact center industry. Although the back office was an entirely separate operation from the front office contact center in most enterprises, the similarities between the two entities indicated a need for […]

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Adaptive IVR: It’s All About Behavior

When you hear terms such as “adaptive personalization,” Interactive Voice Response (IVR) probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind. In fact, most people don’t associate those words with the contact center at all, but they are becoming increasingly important in the customer service profession and in other service-oriented industries. Although I didn’t realize […]

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The National Association of Call Centers Wants You

Can you spare five minutes of your time? I have an opportunity for you to make your voice heard. The not-for-profit National Association of Call Centers (NACC) is gathering the data needed for continued contact center research in 2016. Although Saddletree Research is my primary business, I have worked under contract as research director for […]

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A Refreshing Year Ahead

This is the time of year that many of us start to wonder what the year ahead holds for the contact center industry. This year, instead of wondering, pondering, guessing and speculating about what could happen in 2016, we decided to take a more scientific approach to our conjectures. This approach included conducting a research […]

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Verint Acquires Telligent and Extends Portfolio into Communities

Verint Systems recently announced the acquisition of Telligent, a leading provider of software for customer support and digital marketing communities. Communities represent yet another channel for companies to communicate with their customers and employees, extending the vision of the omnichannel customer experience and providing another avenue for companies to study in order to better understand […]

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What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Always Stay in Vegas – Part Two

In my previous post about Verint’s Engage 2015 global customer conference, I summarized session observations and attendee conversations related to speech analytics. Here, in part two of this blog series, we’ll take a look at the session I co-presented about contact center technology demand. The highlight of the event for me was the session in […]

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A Look Back at Engage – Part One

For the first time in my life, I actually enjoyed a trip to Las Vegas. I’ve been to Las Vegas many times over the years, and it didn’t take me long to learn that I don’t seem to have much luck there. I’m simply not a gambler. I’m no good at it, I get no […]

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Brother, Can You Spare 4 Minutes?

During the Great Depression of last century, “Brother, can you spare a dime” became a commonly heard phrase in the U.S., and eventually went on to become the title of a song written in 1930 and famously recorded by Bing Crosby, Al Jolson and Rudy Vallee. The song talks about the struggles of the depression […]

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