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GN Netcom/Unex Introduces Headset Switch
The SeleCT Computer/Telephone switch for headsets has been
released by GN Netcom/Unex.
The switch allows a headset user to move from the telephone to working with multimedia,
speech recognition and voice over Internet applications on the computer. The switch is
compatible with all GN Netcom/Unex products, including the MPA Satellite wireless headset.
For more information, contact Martha Boissonneault at 800-345-8639 or see www.gnnetcom.com.
Microsolutions Launches Consumer Tracking
Microsolutions Development Corporation, which develops Lotus Notes-software solutions, has introduced CATRAK.
Geared for corporations that use Lotus Notes, this new consumer affairs tracking system
provides real-time drill capability, automatic routing of contact records, and the
automatic generation of follow-up letters and reports to management. For more information,
contact Denise Ratti at 800-897-2162 or visit www.microsolutionsdevco.com.
Omtool Presents Fax Sr./Network ScanJet 5
The new Fax Sr./Network ScanJet 5 module provides users with a
unified method for sending and receiving paper and electronic faxes from all PC desktops.
Produced by Omtool Ltd.,
the module incorporates Omtools network, Windows NT-based fax server software with
Hewlett Packards ScanJet 5 network
scanners. Using a keypad, scanned images can be faxed directly to a destination using LAN
support and Windows NT servers. For more information, contact Craig Randall at
603-898-8900 or visit www.omtool.com.
KONEXX Presents New Direct Wall Interface
Computer-telephone connectivity product provider KONEXX has launched DWIatt2. This direct wall
interface, dual-channel product enables the simultaneous use of an analog
telecommunication device (such as modems, fax machines, cordless phones and
teleconferencing units) and a Lucent phone set over the same digital phone jack or station
port. For more information, call 800-275-6354 or see www.konexx.com.
Omtool Integrates Fax Sr. With MS Desktop
Omtool Ltd. has integrated Fax
Sr., its international network fax server software for Windows NT, with Lucent Technologies Octel Unified
Messenger. Users now collect, access and process all types of communications by phone or
PC from any Microsoft Exchange or Outlook desktop client. Other Fax Sr. platforms include
VMS and UNIX. For more information, contact Craig Randall at 603-898-8900 or see www.omtool.com.
New Workflow Technology Developed By InConcert
InConcert, Inc., a Xerox New
Enterprise Company, has launched Teoss, a high-end software application that streamlines
processing or activating new telephone line and communications service orders. Designed
for cable, Internet and wireless service providers, established LECs, RBOCs, and
long-distance service providers, Teoss allows them to reduce errors and increase
throughput, thus creating greater revenue and better customer service. For more
information, call Betty Zakheim at 617-868-4700 or see www.InConcert.com.
VCS Launches Ready Receptionist 100
Capitalizing on its speech recognition technology, Voice Control Systems has
released Ready Receptionist 100. This new product is designed to connect incoming or
internal calls by asking callers to say the name of the person they wish to reach. Geared
toward small- to medium-sized businesses, Ready Receptionist 100 is a software-only system
that runs on the host processor. VCS also offers Ready Receptionist 200 and 500 models,
which can be integrated with any existing PBX or key telephone system. For more
information, contact Brad Prizer at 972-726-1200 or visit www.voice-control.com.
Sinequanon Releases Call Coach
Call Coach is a new sales training reinforcement tool that
attaches to a computer monitor. Sinequanon Group developed the product to offer telesales agents quick reference to
skills and strategies learned in training. Reference tabs cover such topics as closing the
sale, overcoming objections, keeping a positive focus and making customers want to buy.
Another feature allows personalized coaching messages. For more information, contact
Arlene Johnson at 972- 991-6991.
AQS Provides Disaster Relief
Turn pale at the thought of a catastrophe disrupting your phone
system and business? Advanced Queuing Systems (AQS) has developed CrossPoint PBXParachute, a disaster recovery
service that provides emergency telephone backup. For a monthly fee, AQS creates a
mirror-copy, virtual office using the same phone extensions and greetings as the client
company. Once a company requests PBXParachute to be deployed, it forwards its calls to the
toll-free number it was assigned by AQS and the calls are routed to the backup phone
numbers chosen by the client companys employees (i.e., home, car, cell phone). For
more information, contact Steve Lange at 888-825-0800, ext. 312, or visit www.aqsys.com.
Maximizer Introduces Maximizer 4.0
Maximizer Technologies has
released Maximizer Enterprise 4.0, which combines the contact management of Maximizer 97
with Opportunity Management System (OMS) and group security features. Introduced in 1995,
Maximizer Enterprise offered small- to mid-sized companies an off- the-shelf alternative
to custom-designed sales force automation solutions. Maximizer Enterprise 4.0 builds on
the management strengths of previous versions by allowing all users to share one
company-wide database. For more information, contact Ilona Torok at 604-601-8025 or see
FirstCall Presents IntegraCall
FirstCall Communications, Inc. has
introduced a flexible call-distribution system called IntegraCall. This product allows companies to outsource call-processing
requirements, replacing the need for stand-alone ACD, IVR and PBX functions. Through tight
integration of IVR, ACD and PBX, it can be used in an environment thats live,
automated or both. Some features include call handling in IVR, skills-based routing, full
CTI, and ability to handle Web callbacks and Internet phone calls. For more information,
contact Roy Semplenski at 954-453- 7830.
Vitel Releases New Voice Mail Software
Telecommunications software development company Vitel Software, Inc. has
introduced the newest version of VMACS-Plus for Centigram.This release provides TCP/IP connectivity, which enables
organizations with many Centigram systems to pull voice mail statistics into one system.
Administrators use this software to monitor system usage and flag potential tracking
issues and trends. For more information, call 508-831-9700 or see www.vitelsoftware.com.
Goal-Based Learning From DC Systems
The technology-based training company DC Systems Education has
announced its Goal Based Learning (GBL) approach to education. The GBL approach focuses on
the discovery of needs, assessment of skills, design of curriculum, course delivery and
program maintenance. These steps foster learning and comprehension for participants as
they execute their companys tailored curricula. For more information, contact Kathy
Houska at 603-834-2095 or visit www.dcsys.com.
IBM Upgrades Its DirectTalk IVR
IBM now offers its DirectTalk
Business Partners a Windows NT tool kit to increase access to its DirectTalk IVR software,
along with the currently available OS/2 and AIX platforms. DirectTalk for AIX has new
voice recognition options, so callers can use the spoken word instead of key presses. IBM
has also enhanced the AIX version to allow it to support more lines per system, up to 360
ports per RISC/6000. For more information, contact Kevin Levi at 212-213-7106 or visit www.networking.ibm.com/call-path.
Mercom Develops Windows NT- Based Voice-Logging
Mercom Systems, Inc. has
introduced the latest version of its Audiolog voice-logging server, an open-architecture
product that runs on Windows NT. Among other features, this server offers digital call
recording that integrates with PABX, ACD and CAD systems as well as call center, help
desk, and PSAP/E911 center and other mission-critical software and standard databases. For
more information, contact Bob Jagendorf at 201-507-8800, ext. 101 or see www.mercom.com.
Labor Tracking Software Announced
WennSoft has launched W/S
TimeTrack, a module designed to streamline labor tracking when used with its Service
Management Series and Job Cost software programs. It works like an electronic timecard,
which can result in a faster billing cycle that translates to better cash flow and quicker
management reporting cycles and methods. For more information, call 414-821-4100 or visit www.-wennsoft.com.
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Lucent Adds New Features To Its Firewall 2.0
Lucent Technologies has
announced the release of Firewall 2.0 and the addition of Virtual Private Networking,
management reporting ability and surveillance features to its existing firewall. The
product adds new levels of security, economy and efficiency to one of the industrys
most secure, scalable and easy-to-use hardware and software platforms for protecting data
networks. For more information, contact Dan Coulter at 908-580-4111 or see www.lucent.com.
CCS To Release Windows NT- Based FirstLine
Computer Communications Specialists, Inc. will offer the Windows NT-based FirstLine Encore in June 1998, the
latest generation of its interactive voice and information response systems. FirstLine
Encore can be remotely administered via the Internet or local Intranet. It will also
support up to 144 simultaneous lines of telephony sessions. For more information, contact
Cheryl Wilson at 770-441-3114, ext. 7022 or see www.ccsivr.com.
ServiceWare Presents Knowledge Management
Knowledge-Pak Architect is ServiceWares latest support knowledge management software. Its open
architecture lets users create and modify their own customizable Knowledge-Paks as well as
deliver their base content directly over the Internet, across their Intranet or their
existing help desk or call center system. For more information, call 800-KPAKS-4-U or see www.service-ware.com.
CAI Unveils Web-Virtual Application
Century Analysis Inc. has
released Web-VA, which allows business affiliates and internal personnel to view and
modify data gathered from multiple applications in a single browser session. Web-VA
non-invasively interacts with combinations of existing applications on behalf of thin
clients. Additionally, it stores all transactions and guarantees delivery to multiple
applications. For more information, call 510-691-2500 or visit www.cainc.com.
Magic Solutions Focuses On Help Desk Managers
Magic Solutions International, Inc. provides help desk managers a cost-effective method to maintain their
support and network operations from one central console. SupportMagic Enterprise Edition
integrates desktop management tools from Intel and Microsoft, but is powered by Magic
Solutions Statistical Information Retrieval (SIR), which is the only knowledge
search engine designed specifically for the help desk. For more information, contact
Carole Walters at 201-587-1515, ext. 1515 or see www.magicsolutions.com.
Intelligent Self-Service From ServiceSoft
ServiceSoft Corporation has
released Version 4 of Web Advisor and Knowledge Builder, which includes new features
designed to provide smarter, more personalized advice for end users. The new Activated
Question feature (troubleshooting questions automatically answered by a client-side or
server-side Java or ActiveX applet) allows Web Advisor to automatically determine end user
configurations, service contract status, prioritization, inventory and many other items.
ServiceSofts Team Authoring and Web Authoring allow different groups to easily work
together whether they are located across a LAN or across the Web. For more information,
contact Leila Dillon at 781-449-0049, ext. 238 or see www.servicesoft.com.
RMI Announces Lead System For Sales Agents
Receptive Marketing, Inc. released ULTRALeads, an Internet-based lead and customer management system for use by field sales,
inside sales, customer service, customer support and technical support and managers. This
sign-yourself-up and do-it-yourself system requires only Internet access,
fill-in-the-blanks and point-and-click skill. For more information, call Tracy Emerick at
603-926-6233 or visit www.receptive.com.
Automated Service Reps Move To Web
Neuromedia Inc. has released
NeuroStudio, a line of authoring tools and server software that allows non-programmers to
create automated software agents to mimic human service representatives over the Web.
These "virtual reps" allow a Web page to chat with visitors via text, pictures
or media clips. Many applications for these "reps" can be found in marketing,
entertainment and education fields. For more information, contact J.P. Lanham at
415-752-3793 or see www.neurostudios.com.
EIS Adds "Eyes Only" Link
EIS International Inc. expanded
its customer service abilities with the inauguration of a new password-protected,
Web-based service designed to provide maintenance customers with access to technical
information and non-critical support all the time without requiring customers to place a
call to Support Services or spend valuable time on hold. For more information, contact
Rosanne Desmone at 703-326- 6509 or see www.sersolutions.com.
CSC Implements Web Call Center
Communication Service Centers,
an inbound and outbound service agency, has combined Internet and call center technologies
to create the Web Call Center. The value of the Center is real-time efficiency, since it
uses the clients Web site to fulfill transactions. For more information, call
954-973- 7300 or see www.globalresponse.com.
OpenROUTE Demonstrates VPN Solutions
OpenROUTE Networks, Inc. ALL
Ways Secure virtual private network products deliver a multi-tiered security approach that
features data encryption and authentication abilities across its line of Intent Access
routers. OpenROUTE has solutions for small-to medium-sized enterprises. For more
information, contact Joe Grillo at 508- 898-2800 or see www.openroute.com.
Kana Unveils Customer Messaging System
Kana Communications Inc. has
launched version 2.0 of Kana Customer Messaging System. The enterprise-class e-mail
management application enables corporations to manage, respond to and capitalize on the
growing volume of customer e-mail. Kana CMS uses a scalable relational database, a
Java-based application and a dedicated client to enable rapid response creation. For more
information, call 650-812-0406 or see www.kana.com.
TALX Presents IP Telephony Solution
TALX Corporation has presented
a Web-based call center using the TALXWare platform to serve Web-based users and
traditional IVR "voice" callers. The IP telephony solution delivers coordinated
voice and data transfer or "screen pop" capabilities to a universal call center
agent regardless of whether the call originated from the Web or IVR. For more information,
contact Jackie Engel at 314-434-0046 or see www.talx.com.
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Noble Presents ATOMS Graphical Manager
With its Automated Telephone Organization Management System
(ATOMS), Noble Systems Corporation provides outbound predictive dialing, inbound ACD and blended call
management. This graphical user inter face is customized and based on Dialogic, Sco UNIX
and Informix equipment. It can function as a stand-alone unit, tie into an existing switch
or take the place of a switch. For more information, contact Maria Dixon at 404-851-1331,
ext. 257 or see www.noblesys.com.
Nortel Expands Symposium Portfolio
Symposium agent is the latest addition to the Symposium Call
Center product line provided by Nortel. This desktop application automates the call center
and is offered in three packages. The first is geared to meet the needs of any call
center, such as a screen pop delivered with the incoming call; the second also includes a
desktop softphone; the third also incorporates workflow automation and call scripting
functionality. For more information, contact Carter Cromwell at 408-565-2835 or visit www.nortel.com.
Melita Offers Customized Telemarketing
is a new customized product from Melita International to enhance
the quality of customer contact and telemarketing call center productivity. Some of
TeleSuites features include customer interaction management through Melitas
MAGELLAN Plus 3.0, coaching, same agent callback, Web contact, conferencing and reporting.
For more information, contact Maryjane Stout at 770-239-4000 or see www.melita.com. Melita Introduces OpenClient Access Software Melita International
announced the second-quarter launch of Melita OpenClient Access, a software development
kit the help build thin-client and other desktop applications. OpenClient includes a
development environment and set of Adoptive Interface Components, enabling call center
developers to build customized agent applications using their own development tools. For
more information, contact Maryjane Stout at 770- 239-4002 or see www.melita.com.
PRIME CTI Releases Third- Generation Software
PRIME CTI has developed CTI
Link software, the third generation in a series of CTI middleware programs. This software
program allows users to connect their PIMs, contact managers or other database programs to
their business phone systems for greater speed, accuracy and productivity in handling
communications with customers. The 32-bit open architecture supports TAPI, TSAPI, Windows
95 and NT, DDE and other standard databases. For more information, contact R. John Bolls
at 561-433-2946 or visit www.cti-software.com.
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West TeleServices Adds An Illinois Center
West TeleServices Corporation will
open a new call center in Rockford, Illinois, creating approximately 500 jobs. West
TeleServices secured a seven-year lease with options to expand and is currently renovating
the 24,644-square-foot space. The center will have a total annual payroll of more than $6
million. West TeleServices employs 12,000 people in nine states.
Lightbridge Focuses On Asia Pacific Region
The Malaysian-based IT vendor Formis
Network Services Sdn Bhd (Formis) has signed a
marketing, sales and support partnership agreement with Lightbridge
Inc. of Burlington, Massachusetts. Under this agreement,
Formis becomes a regional partner authorized to provide Lightbridges FraudBuster and
ChurnAlert solutions throughout the entire Asia Pacific region.
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Global Access Renames Divisions
To unify its diverse businesses under a single identity, Global Access Telecommunications Services
is changing its name to be consistent with its corporate parent,
Williams. The new names are: Williams Conferencing for video and audio-conferencing,
Williams Global Access Services for international and domestic business television
services, and Williams TeleServices for inbound call center and call management.
TSC Creates New Lab
Technology Solutions Company has
formed a new Relationship Architecture Design and Deployment Lab (RADD Lab) that supports
CTI, Internet integration, desktop environments and others. The lab will use the
industrys top talent and remote facilities to focus on deploying enterprise customer
management solutions; thus, it allows companies to eliminate finding and funding their own
application development and deployment.
Ameritech Sponsors Call Center Campus At Purdue
The annual Call Center Campus is a three-day conference sponsored
by Ameritech on June
2-4, 1998. Held at Purdue University, the conference is designed for operations, human
resources, technology, internal help desk and telemarketing managers. Call Center Campus
focuses on call center assessment, benchmarking and problem solving. Each participant
earns three continuing education credits from Purdue University as well as a certificate
of accomplishment with the assessment process. Tuition is $1,500, not including room and
board. For more information, contact Jon Anton at 765-494-8357 (Purdue University) or John
Broschka at 312-364-2182 (Ameritech).
Modus Seeks COPC-2000 Certification
Modus Media International is
pursuing certification of the COPC-2000 standard, due to its commitment ensuring quality
customer service. Modus joins Microsoft, Adobe, Epson, Softbank Services Group and other
companies and third-party service providers in seeking a comprehensive operations
performance standard that specifies minimum operational requirements in 32 critical areas.
Internet Tax Would Hurt Consumers
Rep. Christopher Cox (R-CA) and Utah Gov. Michael Levitt are
calling for Congress to authorize tax collection on all Internet, mail-order and telephone
purchases in exchange for a three-year moratorium on specific Internet-related taxes. Currently, taxes
are collected on purchases from residents in the states where the business operates; the
proposed tax could easily turn into a national sales tax.
Notice Of Allowance Given To 911Plus
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office gave a Notice of Allowance
to 911Plus on its patent application for "9-1-1 private notification system
for communicating 9-1-1 information." The advanced personal safety service is
connected directly to 911 call centers. 911Plus provides emergency services with critical personal information about
subscribers as well as a designated third-party emergency contact.
Free Inbound Call Center Time
The American Homeowners
Association has developed a no-cost program for
direct marketers that receive inbound credit card orders. Each time a telemarketing
representative completes an order, the customer is offered a thank-you gift through a
trial membership to AHA. Whether or not the customer accepts the offer, the call center
will receive $2 plus all of the call center fees incurred during the "upsell"
time. AHA will provide the script and training.
CCS To Automate Unemployment Claims For KS
The Kansas Department of Human Resources has signed an agreement
with Computer Communications Specialists, Inc. CCS is establishing call centers for the automated telephone processing
of unemployment insurance initial claims. The CCS FirstLine IVR system and FirstLine
IntellAgents call control software will provide the initial handling via a touch-tone
Forum Focuses On CT And Web Environment
The Enterprise Computer Telephony
Forum (ECTF) is facilitating interoperability for
converging computer-telephony (CT) and Web/ Internet environments. As businesses forge
both PSTN and IP networks, this new convergence becomes more necessary. ECTF will
concentrate on CT and Web interoperability in access, applications, databases and
Air Canada To Create 500 New Jobs
Air Canada plans to expand its
customer call center in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The expansion will allow the airline to
improve its customer service and cater to the demand for supplemental services like
electronic ticketing. The center will be relocated to the downtown part of the city and
will add 500 new jobs to the area over the next three years.
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Fujitsu And AVT Join Forces
Fujitsu Business Communication Systems and Applied Voice Technology extended their original OEM agreement so Fujitsu will also market
AVTs Windows NT-based unified messaging and computer-telephony products. Fujitsu
will integrate AVTs CallXpress for Windows NT with Fujitsus F9600 Multimedia
Platform PBX and Series 3 business communications platform. The products will be marketed
under the Fujitsu brand name TranSend for Windows NT.
Telrad Bundles Artisoft Software
Telrad Telecommunications, Inc. now bundles the host portion of Artisofts CoSession Remote software with Telrads ImaGEN voice mail
software. This partnership will allow Telrad and its dealers to provide remote support and
administration to customers using the ImaGEN voice mail and auto-attendant system.
TeleMark Provides Customer Support To TNC
TeleMark Inc. has agreed to
provide nationwide customer support services to existing, residential clients of
Trans National Communications, Inc. TeleMark
specializes in inbound and outbound live-operator telemarketing service. TNC is an
affinity-based long-distance reseller that is affiliated with Trans National Group, which
consists of telecommunications, travel, venture capital, financial service and membership
Tivoli And ServiceWare Team Up
Tivoli Systems is including ServiceWares Knowledge-Pak Suite
for SAPs R/3 within Tivolis support desk software called SA-EXPERTISE for R/3.
Tivolis software allows companies to increase the speed of R/3 deployment and
improve end user productivity. Since Knowledge-Pak Suite is an online, Web-accessible
knowledge base, it will augment Tivolis service by allowing support personnel to
deliver answers quickly about R/3.
ATIO And Siemens Target Small Businesses
Siemens Business Communication Systems has joined forces with ATIO Corporation
to extend its reach into the small businesses market. ATIOs
Cybercall call center products will be incorporated into Siemens Hicom 150 E
communications server aimed at allowing small businesses the same quality call routing,
reporting, CTI and real-time ACD functionality of larger companies, but at a price small
businesses can afford.
VCS And Lucent Link Software
Voice Control Systems Inc. will
run its FreedomRecognition software on Lucent Technologies 4-port Vantage Volare voice-processing card in conjunction with
Lucents RealCT Release 2 application programming interface for Windows NT. The
combination will extend their computer-telephony capabilities by improving the deployment
of messaging and IVR solutions. Another big plus is that FreedomRecognition provides a
speech-recognition program that does not require Lucent to add specialized hardware,
reducing costs by half.
Ericsson Signs Agreements To Support MPLS
Ericsson is collaborating with Bay Networks, Inc. and General DataComm to develop product
lines that support the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) protocol standard using the
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) specification. With each company, Ericsson will
implement MPLS in carrier-class core IP/ATM switching platform. With Bay Networks,
Ericsson will market it under its family name AXI 530 and Bay Networks will implement MPLS
in its Backbone Node routers. General DataComm will enhance its APEX ATM Edge Switchto
support MPLS in conjunction with Ericssons software development. Each alliance will
provide telecom operators, service providers, Internet service providers and large
enterprises with end-to-end IP/ATM-based WAN solutions.
MCI And Siemens Ink 5-Year Agreement
Siemens Business Communication Systems and MCI have
a five-year, $2.1 billion agreement that piggy-backs an eight-year partnership that had
generated more than $1 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Siemens will deliver
business to MCI and MCI will conduct joint sales activities. The two companies plan to
offer customers compatible products and services, application solutions, cooperative
network configurations and engineering from a single source.
AT&T Taps Pathlore For CBT
AT&T Solutions Customer Care has joined with Pathlore Software to create AT&Ts standard tool for developing and distributing
network-delivered computer-based training. AT&T will integrate Pathlores PHOENIX
for Windows training tool to streamline its multimedia training over a client/server
network in North America, Europe and Asia.
Lucent To Offer VeriSigns Digital IDs
Lucent Technologies is
Digital IDs as a bundling feature with the Lucent Managed Firewall, which controls and
secures access to an organization. Incorporating Digital IDs which provide
electronic credentials over the Internet for businesses, Web sites and individuals
Lucent will enhance its product as well as add another protective layer to help prevent
security breaches as businesses move more critical functions to the Internet.
Periphonics Partners With Dasa
Periphonics Corporation, a
leading supplier of IVR systems, has joined with Dasa (Daimler Benz AerospaceAG) of Germany to integrate Dasas advanced
speech recognition technology StarRec into Periphonics OSCAR VPS system. Dasas
solutions for high-volume computer-telephony markets will meld easily with
Periphonics scalable hardware/software environment platform, since each operates
with an unmodified UNIX operating software.
InterDigital And Siemens Introduce Wireless Loop
Communications Corporation and Siemens AG will be the first to
market a Broadband Code Division Multiple Access (B-CDMA) technology wire-less local loop
solution that delivers advanced broadband solutions. Each is part of the B-CDMA Alliance,
which also includes Samsung and Alcatel.
Ericsson Licenses Suns Java
Ericsson signed a licensing
agreement to use and distribute the PersonalJava and Java Application Environment of
Sun Microsystems, Inc. Ericsson will use
the Java-based technology to develop its third-generation wireless products and systems
that are based on the Wideband CDMA mobile communications standard.
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Aspect To Acquire Voicetek
Aspect Telecommunications, a
leader in mission-critical call center solutions, is acquiring Voicetek Corporation
$71 million. Voicetek provides software platforms and application solutions, including
scalable, missioncritical IVR and network-deployed enhanced services solutions. By
integrating Voiceteks developments and expertise in Signaling System 7, Aspect seeks
to establish a leadership role in the public switched telephony network market.
NICE Acquires IBS Corporation
NICE Systems Ltd. has acquired IBS Corporation, a
privately held software company in San Diego, California. With IBS call center
technologies, NICE improves its offering for large corporations with multiple call centers
in various locations. NICE will also be able to address the IBM Mainframe market by
providing high-end, fully integrated voice-and-screen monitoring.
TeleSpectrum Sells Division To DDS
DDS Distribution Services Ltd. has
agreed to purchase the Harris Direct Mail & Fulfillment division of TeleSpectrum Worldwide Inc.
will initially receive $23 million in cash and up to $4 million contingent on future
performance of the division. The sale will allow TeleSpectrum to focus on teleservices and
strengthen its financial position.
Teltrust Buys Calling Card Firm
Teltrust, which provides
outsourced wholesale telecommunications services, will acquire Quest Group International, a leading
provider of prepaid phone card systems. As a result, Teltrusts calling card revenue
is expected to double. The company will benefit from Quests technology and services
in the prepaid and traditional calling card markets. Quest will maintain its business
functions as well as Teltrusts calling card business.
Mosaix Sells Software To Contact Point
Contact Point Technologies, a
developer of voice processing technologies, has purchased Mosaixs Scout call handling software for workgroups, including product
development, support and sales. The sale allows Mosaix to focus on its core business of
customer relationship management applications and call management systems.
Network Associates To Acquire Magic Solutions
Network Associates will
purchase help desk provider Magic Solutions for about $110 million in cash. Network Associates, the result of the
merger between McAfee Associates and Network General, sells high-end help desk
implementation. Magic Solutions, which produces an off-the-shelf help desk product, will
allow Network Associates to provide end-to- end help desk solutions.
Mercom Forms New Company With ISI
Mercom Systems, Inc. has
joined forces with Interface Solutions, Inc. to form a new venture, Evaluation Technology & Services (ET&S),
which will enable the delivery of a unified voice logging and service provider solution.
Based on the recent integration of ISIs Call Monitoring System and Mercoms
Audiolog system, ET&S is creating a worldwide dealer network for local sales and
service that can be used to supplement a companys own program or as a complete
outsourced monitoring program.
ATC And IQI Announce Third- Largest Industry
Dallas-based ATC Communications Group, Inc. and Los Angeles-based
IQI, Inc., which are two of nations largest teleservices companies, have announced a
definitive agreement for a stock-for-stock merger of the two companies. The combined
company creates a top-tier competitor and is valued at approximately $150 million, which
is the third-largest merger in the industry. Stephen A. McNeely, CEO of IQI and the
announced CEO of the new entity, noted, "The combined company will provide total
customer care, customer acquisition and custom market research." On an historical,
proforma basis, combined 1997 revenues were $250 million. The combined company has about
8,000 teleservices professionals, 6,000 work stations and 21 call centers. "This
merger matches a leader in inbound teleservices, ATC, with a leader in outbound services,
IQI its a great strategic fit," said Michael G. Santry, chairman and CEO
of ATC. Santry will co-chair the combined company with Dr. Paul G. Stern, a founding
partner of Thayer Capital, IQIs largest shareholder. "Combining IQIs
unique capabilities in multilingual, pay-for-performance and database management with
ATCs information technology platform will create a strong, strategic weapon,"
Stern explained. The transaction requires ATC Communications Group shareholder and
regulatory approvals, and is expected to be completed by July. To accomplish the merger,
ATC will issue about 3.2 million shares of stock in exchange for IQIs equity. IQI
shareholders will own 57.5 percent of the common stock after the merger and ATC
shareholders will own 42.5 percent.
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Ireland Lands More American Investors
Ireland continues to be a favorite expansion site for American
investment, as five new U.S. companies have signed investment deals to establish or expand
operations in Cork and Dublin. According to the Industrial
Development Agency of Ireland, 450 of the more than 1,000
overseas companies operating in Ireland are based in the United States.
Telstra Launches New Pay Phones In Australia
Telstra is rolling out new
technology pay phones and smart phone cards in South Australia. By mid-1998, Telstra will
have installed nearly 30,000 new pay phones throughout Australia. The pay phones feature
larger, multi-language information screens, coin- and chip-based Smart Phonecard payment
facilities, hearing aid couplers and volume control.
Fujitsu Creates 150 Jobs In Belfast
Fujitsu Telecommunications (Europe)
is investing 5.4 million pounds sterling in a new telecommunications software development
center in Belfast. Fujitsu Telecommunications Software Ireland is expected to provide 150
research and development jobs over the next five years. The center will help develop
software products for European and global markets.
Envox Opens Office In Florida
The Swedish computer-telephony company Envox is opening Envox US
Operations Office, located in Naples, Florida. The office will handle day-to-day
operations of Envox US, including sales, marketing and technical support of its software
to the CTI market. CFS To Set Up U.K. Center CFS International, an affiliate of
Commercial Financial Services Inc. of Tulsa, Oklahoma, will enter the European debt
collection market by setting up a U.K. call center this year. CFS purchases credit card
debt written off by banks and other issuers. The company will operate a 15,000-square-foot
office in Kent, Southeast England and will eventually employ 200 people there.
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APAC TeleServices, Inc., a leading provider
of outsourced customer service and sales, has elected Marc S. Simon
president and chief operating officer.
Montgomery Ward & Co. Inc. announced that Worthington Linen
is chairman and
chief executive officer of The Signature Group, its wholly owned marketing subsidiary.
TeleSpectrum Worldwide Inc. has named Keith E. Alessi chairman,
president and chief executive officer, succeeding Brian ONeill, who stepped down.
ONeill will continue to be part of the board of directors.
Richard Mace is now president and chief operating
officer at Network Programs, which provides business and operations support systems. Mace moved
from Digital Equipment Corporation, where he was worldwide vice president of Internet
Services Xantel Corporation, a Phoenix-based CTI developer, has appointed Kevin Gralen
to vice president of
sales and marketing.
TCS Management Group, Inc. has added Robert Dawson, Susan Morin,
Sandra Norris, Robert Rounds, Carole Schrope and Pamela Trickey
to its consulting
group, which provides services ranging from operational reviews to PBX selection studies.
Penny Reynolds is the new director of marketing of
all business development activities for Call Center
University throughout North America and Europe.
L.Wayne LeRoux has joined Paymentech Inc. as group manager
responsible for strategic business operations at the companys Network Services unit.
SITEL Corporation has appointed W.Gar Richlin the executive vice
president and chief financial officer, succeeding Barry Major, who became president of
SITEL North America in 1997. Richlin will also become a member of SITELs Executive
Capital One has promoted Marge Connelly to senior vice
president, credit card operations. Connelly will lead the production services and customer
relations organizations including managing the companys call centers.
IRDC USA has promoted Jay Hammans to vice president
outbound client services, Eric Kaufman to vice president information systems and
Bill Hoke to vice president
finance/controller. Each was previously working at ProMark One, an outsourced teleservices
solutions provider within IDRC.
Linda Saxon has been appointed the director of
direct response marketing at Corporate Express Call
Center Services in Cresskill, New Jersey.
George Daum joins IntraNet
Solutions, Inc., a Web-based document management
solutions provider for corporate Intranets, in the newly created position of vice
president, sales and services. He will be responsible for worldwide sales, services and