A Quintet Of Call Center
||CRM System, HP
Front Office, From Hewlett-Packard
|The integration of Web-based commerce with that of the
traditional call center can be both fruitful and frustrating. If customers cannot contact
agents or find the information they need through self-service applications, they are
likely to click to another company that can provide what they need. Also, integrating
disparate systems from various vendors can cause IT nightmares. Plus, to keep customers
coming back, companies need to integrate the sales, marketing and support functions into a
coherent, workable whole. To help companies fill this need, Hewlett-Packard has released
HP Front Office, a customer relationship management (CRM) solution that provides
pre-integrated, Internet-based marketing, sales and support solutions that are tied to the
call center. HP Front Office enables companies to provide consistent, comprehensive CRM
through a customers preferred communication channel in person, telephone,
fax, Internet or e-mail.
HP has formed alliances with Rubric for the e-marketing
application and with BroadVision for the e-sales application. E-marketing is an
Internet-based, closed-loop application that integrates all marketing activities, from
conventional and Internet campaigns to customer inquiries, sales/campaign reporting and
metrics. The e-marketing application can automatically generate personal Web pages,
e-mail, faxes, Web-based telemarketing scripts and direct mail. It also can capture and
measure marketing campaign responses across all channels in real-time.
The e-sales application offers shopping-cart and transaction functionality, as well as
the opportunity to talk with a call center agent. The shopping cart remembers selections
from visit to visit and the personalization engine can respond to shoppers behavior
by changing products, prices, promotions and other content to better meet their needs.
HP Front Office e-support offers customers help through an intelligent, Web-based
virtual agent, which responds to customer Web inquiries and e-mail with
interactive dialog that asks pertinent questions to provide the customers with targeted
content to help them find the answers they need. Customers also have the option to speak
personally with an agent by clicking on a call me button. All of the
customers inquiries and responses, and other pertinent information, appear instantly
on the agents desktop.
HP Front Office uses HPs customer communications solution, HP Smart Contact, to
provide control of customer communications across the enterprise. HP Front Office can be
deployed as an owned or hosted solution.
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||Marketing Automation Software
|As the Internet has added another channel for customers to
interact with companies, it also adds another layer of complication to targeting and
refining campaigns to these customers and in keeping the message consistent across all
customer interaction channels. To meet these needs and others, RightPoint Software has
released Version 2.5 of the Real-Time eMarketing Suite, an enterprise application for
real-time, one-to-one marketing. Version 2.5 adds new Web features such as real-time
clickstream tracking and XML integration, as well as new customer interaction touchpoints
for e-mail, IVR and fax.
RightPoints real-time customer profiling engine now
utilizes Web clickstream data as a customer information source, in addition to customer
information available in sources such as corporate databases and online data services. The
real-time profiling engineuses patented analytic techniques and self-learning capabilities
that allow it to improve the accuracy of its predictive models and recommendations with
every customer interaction via any customer contact channel.
The components of the Real-Time Marketing Suite include: Real-Time Campaign Server, a
campaign targeting engine that uses customer data, predictive models, targeting criteria
and business rules to profile the customer and select the best offer; Campaign Control
Center, which allows the marketing manager to make, monitor and refine campaigns;
Real-Time Miner, a self-learning engine that builds a target customer profile for each
customer; Touch Point Managers, which deliver customizable offer presentations over all
Web and call center contact points; Campaign Workshop, which provides the campaign
preparation environment for analyst and IT personnel to define campaign data, models and
business objects; and DataCruncher, which is a data mining tool that analyzes enterprise
data to identify patterns and relationships which predict customer behavior.
Version 2.5 provides immediate availability of TouchPoint Managers for e-mail,
interactive voice response (IVR) and fax; these new TouchPoint Managers supplement
existing Web Point Manager for Web site integration and Call Point Manager for integration
in call center environments and applications. RightPoint also offers integration points
for mainframe applications, direct sales applications and other environments.
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||Tioga Releases PC Support
|A large and growing part of calls to help desks and
support centers are for PC support, and the Internet provides both more help-seeking users
and also the ability to provide help desk support in real-time. To help reduce such calls
and the associated costs of support functions, Tioga Systems, Inc. has released version
2.0 of its Healing System software, which is designed to assist IT help desks and call
centers in supporting PC end users through the Web.
This PC support burden is driven by
three categories of user call types:
- Break/fix calls occur when an application no longer functions properly.
- Acceptable Change calls occur when a new change must be made to an end
users PC configuration.
- How-to calls occur when end users need just-in-time training or education.
Because it is a Web-deployed or eSupport solution, the Tioga Healing System is designed
to automate the resolution of support calls for all PC systems, including desktops,
notebooks and servers. The Tioga system can provide solutions for the three levels of
eSupport: self-repairing (preventive maintenance), self-service (end-user fixes problem)
and assisted service (support technician fixes problem). For self-healing, the Tioga
Self-Healing Module is designed to prevent problems before they occur, through automated
problem diagnosis and self-repair. For self-service, Tiogas Active Self-Service
enables call avoidance through both end-user repair and end-user how-to
capabilities. For assisted-service, Tiogas Remote Healing enables support personnel
to perform remote diagnosis and repair.
Tiogas patented DNA Probe technology dynamically determines the state of any
application all components and dependencies of any Windows software,
The Enterprise Healing Module enables preventive support. It includes capabilities for
mass problem identification and repair.
The Tioga Support Network is the network infrastructure that connects all support
constituencies. As a communications platform, it encompasses support APIs; the Internet,
Intranets and extranets, and provides scalability to millions of end points. It also
enhances security by encrypting communications.
The Integration Server enables integration of leading help desk, systems management and
knowledge base solutions into existing support infrastructure.
The Support Server consists of the Software Vault, the Tioga Server Administrator, and
analysis and reporting tools.
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||Web-Based Lead Management
Solution From MarketSoft
|Studies have reported that as many as 70 to 90 percent of
sales leads are never acted upon. Even companies that follow industry-standard best
practices can have serious shortfalls in following up on their sales leads. To help
companies realize a closed-loop tracking process, MarketSoft designed its Web-based
lead-management software, eLeads. eLeads qualifies, prioritizes, enriches, assigns, routes
and tracks sales leads to improving the throughput of qualified, high-quality leads.
automatically captures and routes leads from multiple sources to multiple destinations and
enriches them by adding intelligence in the form of Dun & Bradstreet
information, sales and channel promotions, order forms, quotes and other sales tools via
attached objects. It also provides personalized notification and delivery based on sales
reps preferences. eLeads also creates a closed loop between a business and its
channel partners to provide exact measurement of specific campaigns and performance of
individual channel partners.
eLeads creates a closed-loop lead management and reporting system through its LeadTrack
function, which captures the end destination of each lead. eLeads can also generate
effectiveness reports for specific campaigns or channel promotions, as well as for lead
destinations (e.g., sales rep or reseller).
Optimized for the extended enterprise, eLeads native Web architecture enables
universal access and makes it easy for marketing and sales personnel to use and customize
the product. eLeads accepts leads from all input sources, including: call centers, e-mail,
the Web, service bureaus and the trade-show floor. It feeds leads directly into Siebel,
Outlook, and ACT! It can integrate with all major ERP systems (including SAP, PeopleSoft,
Oracle and J.D. Edwards), mapping orders directly to campaigns and individual leads.
eLeads provides intelligent leads via the SmartLeads function, which allows market
intelligence to be imbedded into each lead at the initiation of the sales cycle, providing
sales reps with immediately actionable leads and the critical information they need to
help them close the sale.
eLeads real-time routing is designed to compress the sales cycle and speed up
lead-response time. Previously, leads that took weeks to months to get to their
destinations are now delivered in seconds. English-language, wizard-based customization
allows marketing and sales personnel to change routing rules and minimizing their
dependence on IT.
eLeads is available as a perpetual-use license or as a Web-hosted application service.
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||Actuate Releases Reporting
Software For E-businesses
|Delivering effective online business also means providing
a high volume of secure, customized content to thousands of customers. Actuate Corporation
has designed its Actuate e.Reporting Suite 4 to automate the creation and delivery of
high-volume, structured, personalized content to e-business Web sites. Actuate e.Reports
enable e-businesses to differentiate their services by providing users with instant access
to high-resolution content from application and database information with the look, feel
and infrastructure of a companys e-business Web site.
Users can search and
navigate high-resolution, personalized content in e.Reports that are viewable in a pure
browser via Dynamic HTML (DHTML) requiring no plug-ins and no Java download. When a user
initiates a request to view a page of an e.Report over the Web, the e.Report Server
renders the pages as DHTML using a high-performance rendering engine and delivers this
page to the user complete with a customizable DHTML Viewer. The DHTML Viewer is a set of
DHTML pages that provide content navigation functionality, Smart Search capabilities and
an automatically generated, fully customizable Nav Bar. The Actuate e.Report Server
processes all of these activities to ensure that minimal amount of data is transported to
the users desktop.
The interface for viewing, navigating and interacting with Actuate content is based on
a series of customizable templates. Developers can build e.Reports that access any data
source, perform any calculation, compose any format and seamlessly integrate with any Web
site. They can also customize any aspect of the DHTML Viewer, such as the Nav Bar or Smart
Search interface, so that users will be unaware they are interacting with Actuate content.
Actuate 4s Page Security mechanism provides secure, personalized views of
information contained in a single document produced by a single query. The developer
defines the security rules for information when the report is designed. When the report is
run, the rules are used to create an Access Control List (ACL) for each page of the
report. When the report is viewed, information concerning the users identity is
compared against the ACL for each page in the report to determine what pages the user can
Actuate e.Reports can be generated on-demand and viewed immediately, or generated on
schedule and chached, to be viewed later, and the Open Server feature allows reports
written in languages like C or tools like Crystal Reports to be accessed and scheduled as
well as any Actuate e.Report.
The Actuate e.Reporting System provides report scheduling capabilities that are used to
execute and distribute reports on a regular basis, and Automatic Archival enables
documents to be automatically deleted or archived from the system.
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