December 18, 2012
What Is a Cloud Call Center?
Businesses are realizing that call and contact centers are more important than ever. Call centers act as an essential point of connection between companies and existing or potential customers. Now, with the increasing popularity of the cloud as an enabler of faster and more efficient computing and communications, more and more companies are looking to move their call center operations into the cloud. Properly implemented, these cloud call centers will provide flexibility, scalability and savings for companies.
The cloud allows companies to deploy quickly, without the traditional spend on professional services. Thanks to the flexibility of the cloud, companies that wish to institute a cloud-based contact center solution can have operations up and running in a much shorter period of time than with traditional deployments, making it far easier and more convenient for companies that wish to get started or to expand operations.
In the earliest days of contact centers, agents were deployed in one single site where they would sit in their cubicles with their phones and their screens, taking calls that are routed through the on-premise equipment. But in an increasingly mobile and connected world, the workplace has extended far beyond the office building. With a cloud contact center, agents can be productive from any location – at home, in remote offices or while on the road.
In a cloud call center model, software solutions are available in the cloud, giving agents more flexibility. Eliminating expensive on-premise equipment cuts down on capital expenditures and takes a great burden off of the shoulders of overtaxed IT departments. It also allows agents to connect to a number of different applications, providing them with the tools they need to serve the customers quickly and efficiently. When it is time to update cloud-based call center solutions, it is a far easier process than with on-premise deployments. Software can be updated continuously and these updates are managed by the vendor, so they can be implemented as soon as they are available.
Furthermore, cloud contact centers can deploy any number of software-as-a-service solutions to provide better customer service experiences and delivering the proper information to agents, so they can handle the calls quickly and efficiently. Cloud call centers are easily scalable, giving companies the ability to adjust their deployments up or down based on seasonal changes or other factors. As a business grows, the flexibility of the cloud allows these call centers to grow to match demand.
Call centers are a vital part of any company’s customer service plan, and the cloud represents the future of computing and communication. By joining these two together, companies can create call centers in the cloud that are flexible, scalable and cost-efficient, providing the best experience for customers and the best investment for businesses.
Edited by Rich Steeves