Spotlight on Customer Experience Drives Firms to CCaaS
The use of contact-center-as-a-service (CCaaS) platforms is becoming a mainstream enterprise strategy as consumer demands change and customer experience (CX) gains importance in corporate decision-making, according to a new research report published today by Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm.
The 2023 ISG Provider Lens™ global Contact Center as a Service report finds that adoption of digital CX services has grown significantly over the last three years, driven in part by the rise of digital transformation, cloud migration and hybrid work modes. At the same time, CX and overall customer satisfaction with enterprise contact channels have become key metrics of enterprise performance, even affecting company valuations.
"Adopting CCaaS is a critical and foundational step within the digital transformation of the contact center," said Wayne Butterfield, ISG partner, digital solutions. "Contact centers are still under-valued by most organizations, but this is changing. CCaaS is just one of the technology advancements setting the stage for more widespread use of AI across the contact center environment."
CCaaS has evolved to include a wide range of features in addition to basic voice and text, the report says. These include tools to manage, retain and optimize workforces and embedded technologies such as AI, ML, automation and chatbots.
Many enterprises are turning to automation and the cloud to address a growing number of customer interactions efficiently and with the agility to adapt to changing consumer needs, ISG says. CCaaS enables companies to achieve these goals at low cost and with minimal risk.
AI has become a major driver of new contact center platform capabilities, the report says. It forms the basis of increasingly capable virtual assistants that take automated query resolution to a higher level, while AI-powered analytical tools allow companies to use vast amounts of customer data more intelligently to augment human operators' capabilities.
"Enterprises have gained a great deal of confidence in the use of AI alongside human operators," said Jan Erik Aase, partner and global leader, ISG Provider Lens Research. "We expect AI to be integrated into all CCaaS offerings."
With most industries having adopted social media as a communication channel with customers, advanced social media services have become an essential part of CCaaS, the report says. Most companies already employ content moderation, and breakthroughs in analytics now allow hem to measure and predict customer sentiment.
The report also explores other CCaaS trends, including the growing importance of business continuity and an increasing focus on agent experience as a driver of high-quality outcomes.
For more insights into the challenges addressed by CCaaS and advice on how best to use the capabilities it offers, see the ISG Provider Lens™ Focal Points briefing here.
The 2023 ISG Provider Lens™ global Contact Center as a Service report evaluates the capabilities of 22 providers in one quadrant: Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS).
The report names 8x8, Amazon Connect, Avaya, Content Guru, Five9, Genesys, NICE CXone, Odigo, Talkdesk and Tata Communications as Leaders in the quadrant.
The 2023 ISG Provider Lens™ global Contact Center as a Service report is available to subscribers or for one-time purchase on this webpage.
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