1 The Rise of Cloud Contact Centers White Paper The Rise of Cloud Contact Centers
2 What does it take to be an Enterprise Cloud Solution? Full-featured Contact Center Platform Scalability & Migration Strategies Reliable Service & Business Continuity World-Class Partner & Hosting Facility
3 Table of Contents Introduction Technology Background Value Proposition for a True Enterprise Solution About Noble Systems & Noble Enterprise Cloud The Rise of Cloud Contact Centers 3 Noble Systems Corporation
4 The Rise of Cloud Contact Centers Introduction For years, analyst firm Frost & Sullivan defined the hosted contact center as a network-based service in which a service provider owns and operates a contact center technology platform 1. Yet for much of that time, users and industry-watchers understood that a vital piece of information was missing from that description: any comment on the depth, sophistication and functionality of the platform itself. Since their inception more than 15 years ago, hosted contact center services were primarily tailored for Small-to-Medium Businesses (SMBs), offering scaled-down features in exchange for convenience and low cost-of-entry. Today, as the early adoption phase of the hosted contact center solution fades into the past, a new breed of hosted offerings have redefined the value proposition and changed the game. With the introduction of Noble Enterprise Cloud, Noble Systems offers a true alternative to traditional premise-based systems not just a stripped-down version of standard features. Armed with the full functionality of Noble Systems award-winning Noble Enterprise solution, Enterprise Cloud is a unified platform with an integrated management console for a single-point of entry to advanced features and tools. 1 THE HOSTED MODEL: Why It s Revolutionizing the Contact Center Industry, Frost & Sullivan. The Rise of Cloud Contact Centers 4 Noble Systems Corporation
5 Technology Background Hosted contact center solutions have been on the market (in some form) for more than 15 years 2. The earliest offerings were based on rudimentary automatic call distribution (ACD) functionality that gave companies basic call queuing and routing capabilities. Small shops looking to avoid IT staffing and avoid the overhead of a premise-based platform opted for such systems, understanding that they would receive sub-standard (but serviceable) functionality. A hallmark challenge for early adopters was the tremendous problem that came with migration to a premise-based system as businesses grew or services expanded. Costly and fraught with delay, migration horror stories further defined hosted offerings as stop-gap solutions designed only for small firms. Over the years, key differentiators between premise-based offerings and hosted solutions emerged: up-front investment, total-cost-of ownership, architecture and scale. Growing SMBs faced difficult choices through the early 2000s, seeking to control overhead while enjoying the benefits of technological advancement more easily delivered through a PBX or premise-based architecture. By 2005, innovation in hosted offerings had progressed to a point of truly valuable differentiation and the marketplace saw a marked increase in adoption. New advantages to hosted services became clear: disaster recovery, integration of at-home or remote agents, future-proofing through automatic upgrades, and more. Despite these advantages, the function and control portfolio remained well-behind available premise-based options. Once primarily the realm of deployments of 75 agents or fewer, [cloud-based] solutions are increasingly gaining adoption in environments with up to several thousand agents. Gartner Now, business interest and vendor innovation have combined to generate significant momentum toward hosted services. Frost & Sullivan forecasts the hosted contact center market to grow to $3.162 billion by 2017 (12.1% CAGR) 3. However, some significant concerns remain the biggest barriers to the ultimate success of hosted contact center solutions. Limited functionality, long-term viability, difficulty of migration to a premisebased solution and total cost of ownership remain active points of differentiation within the marketplace. 2 Hosted Contact Centers are Ready for Prime Time, DMG Consulting. 3 Cloud Momentum Boosts Trends in the Contact Center, Frost & Sullivan. The Rise of Cloud Contact Centers 5 Noble Systems Corporation
6 ... the hosted market has entered a period of technological innovation as feature sets and the range of available applications have blossomed. Frost & Sullivan
7 Value Proposition for a True Enterprise Solution An offering that addresses the following key concerns while delivering on support and innovation promises will result in a solid value proposition to compete in the modern global marketplace. Feature Functionality Business Continuity Scalability Hosted-to-Premise Migration Feature Functionality According to industry analysis at Frost & Sullivan, Gartner and others, a world-class hosted provider must offer a unified agent desktop that allows agents to quickly and easily navigate billing systems, knowledge bases, multiple products and interfaces. Moreover, that same system must utilize fast, responsive tools for management to set up campaigns, determine pacing, monitor agents and maximize overall efficiency. Finally, the platform must offer robust data capturing and reporting features that track activities in real-time and measure results. Noble Enterprise Cloud includes the complete functionality of its successful premise-based offering: outbound dialing, inbound ACD, blending, skills-based routing, IVR, call recording, agent and system monitoring, customizable agent workflows, CRM/collection software integration, workforce management, legislative compliance, results reporting, and more. In short, it s a complete contact center solution that is a far cry from the bare-bones products commonplace on the market just a short time ago. Business Continuity In a recent survey of contact center managers commissioned by Noble Systems, more than 20 percent of the participants indicated that they did not know what would happen to their customer data in the event of a catastrophe that compromised their facility. Some even responded with certainty that it would be lost forever. For many SMB organizations, data loss and customer privacy are day-to-day concerns that must be addressed thoroughly and carefully. A hosted solution with the right vendor can meet business continuity needs through failsafe systems that ensure the safety and security of all information. Noble Enterprise Cloud features a firewalled infrastructure with change control procedures, regular maintenance, internal security training, online backups for all equipment, and the latest in encryption technology in a SAS-70 and PCI (payment card industry) Certified environment, to protect your data. The Rise of Cloud Contact Centers 7 Noble Systems Corporation
8 Scalability From the days of their first availability, a primary advantage to hosted solutions was the flexibility that allowed users to scale operations to meet changing business needs. That need is no less important today and in many cases, more so. As the global contact center industry becomes more fragmented and location-agnostic, businesses are experiencing diverging workflows and require a flexible solution. Noble Enterprise Cloud makes it easy to add or remove agents based on business requirements. Wherever employees are located on-site, at a remote office, or working from home Noble connects them all with IP-based networks. Hosted-to-Premise Migration Long the dreaded dead-end for customers of hosted-only providers, the hosted-to-premise migration is a key potential transition in the life of a contact center operation even if there is no perceived need for such a transition at the present time. A variety of needs and variables may arise to make such a change advantageous, but many companies realize this only to discover that it will be cost-prohibitive, disruptive to customer care, lengthy, or all of the above. Noble Systems unique hosted system design allows clients to easily migrate their hosted solution to a premisebased platform should their business and financial strategies change. They can quickly transition to an inhouse environment with very little downtime and no retraining requirements. Equipment can be installed on-site and the system can be configured while the client continues using the hosted services, so that there is no loss of productivity. Cloud-based solutions are finding their way into even the most risk-averse verticals, such as finance and healthcare, for which the importance of customer/patient data security cannot be overestimated. ContactBabel The Rise of Cloud Contact Centers 8 Noble Systems Corporation
10 About Noble Systems & Noble Enterprise Cloud Noble Systems offers a unified suite of multi-channel inbound, outbound and blended contact processing, strategy planning, and resource management tools to meet the needs of small, midsize, and enterprise organizations. Whatever your business needs or size, Noble Systems can match you with the solution set that meets your functionality requirements and organizational goals, and offers the right-fit for your contact center to help you improve productivity, reduce costs, increase performance and grow your company. Our solutions allow companies to more effectively communicate with their customers via multiple channels, including inbound/outbound/blended voice, , fax, and web. This unified system includes the key software technologies that contact centers need most: Predictive dialing, Inbound contact management and ACD, IP-PBX, Self Service IVR software, CTI for intelligent screen pops, Digital Recording, Workforce Optimization, Real-time Reporting, Campaign Strategy and Management, and Decisioning and Analytics tools. Noble also provides seamless integration to existing corporate environments in both premise and cloud-based platforms, reducing your learning curve and protecting your technology investments. Noble Enterprise Cloud offers an alternative to traditional premise-based systems, delivering a complete contact center technology solution with all of the advantages of a cloud-based CaaS (communications as a service) infrastructure. Noble s unique offer is the only true enterprise solution in the market, giving you the full functionality of our proven premise-based Noble Enterprise platform in a hosted environment. Noble s hosted technologies can help you improve the management of your customer contacts and allow you to respond more quickly to new opportunities, in a platform that requires no initial capital expenditure and eliminates hardware overhead expenses. For over 20 years, Noble Systems has been delivering solutions that build performance and productivity, improve the quality of customer contacts, and reduce costs. Contact us to learn more. +1 (404) Worldwide +1 (888) Americas +61 (2) APAC +44 (0) EMEA 10
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