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Finding a True Cloud Contact Center
LiveOps Cloud
04/29/2016
Cloud Technology is one of the most misunderstood concepts of our time. Although delivering software as a service (SaaS) from the cloud has distinct advantages, the market is so filled with hype, it is difficult to decipher between what is myth and what is reality.
Social Customer Service: The Pivotal Driver of the Social Enterprise
LiveOps Cloud
04/29/2016
The social customer is a no longer a new breed of consumer – they’re the rising majority. They post their opinions and reviews online in public forums, blogs, Facebook, Yelp, and they don’t hold back. These posts can have a huge impact (either good or bad) on your business.

This white paper outlines the challenges and risks associated with managing social customer service, offering a few examples of brands negatively impacted by negative social media interaction, and outlining a strategy for building a socially enabled modern contact center.
Seizing the Moments: The Insider's Guide to Perfecting the Customer Journey
LiveOps Cloud
04/29/2016
The exploration of the customer journey begins with a simple fact: no organization is perfect. And while it may seem as though everyone else is getting it right, the truth is that even “best in class” contact centers have a few things they wish they could change.

This is what ICMI discovered when they surveyed hundreds of global, leading-brand contact center professionals. From the best to the worst, ICMI dissected the challenges, strengths, and the opportunities that exist for any organization to perfect their customers' journey. In their report, ICMI Guide to Perfecting the Customer Journey, they offer recommendations to help contact center decision makers:

• overcome the top challenges in the contact center
• transform customer service from reactive to proactive
• train agents to recognize and embrace moments along the customer journey
• implement new technologies to improve time and process efficiencies
• turn all data into actionable data
Connecting with the Next Gen Customer
LiveOps Cloud
04/29/2016
Gone are the days when the contact center was seen purely as a voice only sales and service center. With the rise of the next gen social customers who research, blog, and post online, leading companies are realizing that to develop a truly effective engagement center, communication must flow both ways - and they are embracing these social channels to extend that reach.

This eBook outlines the top 5 trends progressive companies are adopting to transform their old-school contact centers into modern customer engagement centers.
4 Steps to a Successful Cloud Contact Center
LiveOps Cloud
04/29/2016
Contact centers worldwide are undergoing fundamental changes. They must accommodate multichannel communications without losing their personal touch to meet the new expectations of quality, efficiency, and availability in an “always-on” consumer world.

This white paper outlines how today’s most modern enterprises are evolving their contact centers to achieve strategic organizational goals, from revenue retention to sales growth, and more.
WebRTC Server Side Media Processing: Simplified
Surf Communication Solutions
04/27/2016
A new white paper by one of the world's leading WebRTC bloggers takes an in-depth look at next-gen multimedia processing - and how SURF Communications is providing an ideal solution.

In addition to examining the high-end requirements of WebRTC, and why the GPU plays such a critical role, the white paper explores the three major functions of a modern WebRTC server:

1. Transcoding between different codecs
2. Gatewaying across different protocols
3. Emergence of hybrid multi-party video architectures

Download the following white paper that makes sense of WebRTC deployments.
Bringing Contact Centers Up to Speed in a Cloud-Based World
Ytel
04/26/2016
Several KPIs that will destroy or grow your contact center.

Whats inside:

Get the most out of your contact center by measuring the right KPIs and making sure your tech is up-to-date. In this whitepaper you will learn:

- If you have the right reporting in place to benchmark success for your contact center.
- If you have enough resources to maximize performance in your contact center.
- If you have the right hardware and bandwidth in place for your agents.
Carrier Ethernet for LTE Mobile Backhaul Guidebook
Ciena
04/22/2016
This guide is a handy reference to mobile technology generations and adoption rates, as well as key topics in mobile backhaul technologies, including SLA measurement, service management, MEF-based mobile backhaul architecture, and packet networking synchronization options.
5 Reason Skype For Business is a Natural Fit for the Contact Center
Clarity Connect
04/22/2016
Thousands of companies have successfully deployed millions of Skype for Business seats, yet many still don’t think of it as a platform for their contact center.

Learn how a Skype for Business contact center is a great fit for:

• Multi-channel communications
• Cloud contact centers
• Development and extensibility
• Employee mobility
• Significant cost savings

Read the free white paper on what you can accomplish with a Skype for Business contact center
Centerity – The First Predictive BSM Solution for SAP HANA!
Centerity
04/08/2016
Technology cooperation between SAP Co-Innovation Labs and Centerity brings holistic Business Service Monitoring (BSM) capabilities to the entire SAP environment including SAP ERP, SAP Infrastructure and SAP HANA. Centerity Monitor has been tested by SAP Labs and this document describes that testing process and SAP’s conclusions.

Centerity’s BSM solution was chosen for this integration over several other vendors due to the fact that Centerity is an established player in this domain and already has “out of the box” monitoring capabilities to SAP Systems (e.g., CCMS-based monitoring). Centerity was challenged by SAP to demonstrate the rapid implementation capabilities of its BSM solution within the existing service environment of SAP Co-Innovation Labs Israel and the ability to integrate HANA KPIs into its monitoring solution. While modern IT monitoring solutions provide various features, the focus of this SAP Co-Innovation Labs integration was the enablement of full BSM stack monitoring for a HANA-based environment.
Delivering Holistic Business Service Management for SAP HANA
Centerity
04/08/2016
Cisco partners with Centerity Systems to provide BSM for in-depth visibility of SAP HANA IT / business environment.

The groundbreaking SAP HANA in-memory database platform is revolutionizing business workflows for many enterprise companies by delivering in-memory processes that enable real-time analytics, transactions, and predictive processes. By combining database, data processing, and application capabilities in-memory, SAP HANA enables companies to analyze vast stores of data and generate in minutes or even seconds complex reports that previously may have taken days or weeks to create. To help ensure quality performance, SAP works with trusted partners such as Cisco to deliver hardware and software as an integrated environment dedicated to running SAP HANA.

When Cisco looked at the market, Centerity Monitor, a Cisco compatible product, addressed all of the management challenges. Centerity delivers comprehensive Business Service Management (BSM) capabilities to the integrated SAP HANA IT / Business Environment with the flexibility to cover a broad range of equipment and applications that may support the SAP HANA environment.
Centerity Simplifies The Israeli Air Force’s Critical Information Systems Monitoring
Centerity
04/08/2016
Enterprise System Fully Installs in 4 Weeks, Reduces Critical MTTR By 80%

Protecting the security of a nation in the middle of one of the world’s most unstable regions leaves no room for error. The mission of the Israeli Air Force (“IAF”) is to defend the existence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the State of Israel, to protect the inhabitants of Israel and to combat all forms of terrorism which threaten its daily life. To accomplish this, the IAF’s IT infrastructure needs to be at the highest state of readiness possible in order to coordinate all of the Air Force’s assets and resources.

The IAF implemented Centerity’s IT and BSM performance & availability monitoring platform to efficiently maintain its IT assets, proactively prevent disruptions and effectively reduce mean-time-to-restore (“MTTR”) via Centerity’s Business Service Management (“BSM”) capabilities to define and collectively manage critical processes. This paper addresses: (1) Industry Best Practices for establishing an efficient Enterprise-Class Monitoring Solution; (2) IAF’s Requirements; (3) New Solution Selection Process and Findings; (4) Implementation of Centerity; and (5) Business Impact of the Centerity deployment.
New Revenue Opportunities Service Providers in Public, Private or Hybrid Cloud Applications
Centerity
04/08/2016
Service Providers are always looking for new service opportunities with high margins and low delivery costs. While IT and Cloud Monitoring is not new, Centerity’s next-generation approach combined with a service-centric focus is. This service-centric approach is what’s needed to promote the transition to the “3rd Platform of IT Innovation” described by IDC in a 2014 report.

Legacy monitoring tools were typically created with one of the following two approaches in mind. The first approach was technology domain-centric meaning that these tools focused on only a single technology domain. This “silo-ed” approach focuses on only one technology and can’t understand its impact or interdependency with other technologies in delivering a service. The second approach was, in theory, a cross-domain approach with aspirations of being a service-oriented platform but being an assembly of silo-ed approaches lacks the dynamism necessary in today’s complex, hybrid environments.

Centerity’s new approach to Cloud Monitoring is to create a unified platform providing end-to-end coverage via a single, software appliance purpose built to be both service-centric and application-centric. Due to its broad coverage, Centerity can offer comprehensive Business Service Management (BSM) process views where technology interdependencies are well understood enabling IT to become a dynamic business-driven culture.
Next-Gen BSM: A New Path to Integrated, Service-Centric IT Availability and Performance Monitoring
Centerity
04/08/2016
The pinnacle of integrated, service-oriented management strategies is embodied by Business Service Management (BSM) solutions. Such products are intended to bring together a holistic/systemic view of IT infrastructure and services, recognize relationships between collections of elements, and put them into context regarding how they support business activities and processes. Large enterprise organizations have been the sweet spot for traditional BSM framework solutions, but product complexity, integration costs, and services needed for deployment and maintenance have made them impractical for the broader IT community. A new breed of next-generation BSM offerings is arising to provide more cost-effective answers that intrinsically unify data across IT technology domains, lowering both acquisition and deployment costs. This paper discusses the essential requirements for successful BSM deployments, examines how Next-Gen BSM solutions differ from traditional alternatives, and reviews a Next-Gen BSM solution offered by Centerity in light of those requirements. By Enterprise Management Associates.
Modern Call Center Best Practices in the Age of Siri
Spoken
03/29/2016
Siri and smartphone virtual assistants like it have affected customer expectations for the voice channel in the modern contact center. However, most Interactive Voice Response systems fall short of those expectations. Modern Call Center Best Practices in the Age of Siri offers concrete tips on how to meet caller expectations while saving money and keeping customer satisfaction at an all-time high.
How to Budget for Enterprise Software
TMCnet
03/28/2016
If your enterprise is not using leading-edge software — assured and upgraded frequently from a trusted vendor and employed by well-trained people — your enterprise could be imperiled. This strategic white paper explains what Enterprise Software is, discusses why and how to budget for it, and how vendor selection is a critical part in making the right software choices to achieve optimal overall performance.
Empower Your Business with Continuous Communications
8x8
03/28/2016
Enterprise conferencing and collaboration technologies today stand at an exciting crossroads. Solutions that were once considered consumer technologies are moving into the enterprise. Never has this trend been more pronounced than now, as consumerization of IT and mobile device proliferation increasingly break down the walls between business and consumer use. As a result, enterprise solutions must become increasingly simpler to deploy and more intuitive to use. At the same time they must deliver a secure and seamless communications experience. As the worlds of consumer and business communications blend, walking the line between the two has become top of mind for users and IT decision makers alike. Businesses must capitalize on these tectonic shifts in user preferences by deploying agile communications that today’s mobile users need in order to collaborate effectively wherever they are.
5 Common Pitfalls of Project Management Software Implementation
Project Insight
03/22/2016
For a successful implementation, you must have a product that fits your needs, leadership to sponsor your implementation, and a business process defined that blends with the software you’ve selected. Using real world example, we will dive into 5 common pitfalls of project management software implementation and adopt and discuss why project teams are adopting project management solutions and how the market is growing.
Irving Materials uses Quantifiable Analytics to Manage Business
8x8
03/22/2016
In this 80 seconds, see how Irving Materials, the largest privately held construction company in the US, utilizes 8x8 Virtual Office Analytics to track call analytics, such as call volumes, where calls were placed, number of calls, call quality.

Virtual Office Analytics helps Irving Materials gauge their business and helps their management team get an idea of the call traffic that’s coming into the different locations.
Step up to Enterprise Cloud Communications and Save
8x8
03/22/2016
Move up to the cost and performance advantages of 8x8 Virtual Office business phone service.

Virtual Office answers the call for your company to save serious money on business phone service—all while delivering enterprise-class features to your fingertips. With Virtual Office, you get all the business features that Fortune 500 companies have come to know and appreciate, including an auto attendant, corporate directory, music-on-hold, conference bridge and more. Local, long distance and international calls are more cost effective because we leverage the power of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to reduce costs for you. We deliver our phone services and features right over your Internet connection. Because it’s all in the cloud, customers typically save up to 90% off the start-up costs of traditional premises-based PBX systems and up to 50% off monthly phone bills.
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