The topic of conversational AI is certainly a hot one, and rightfully so. Customer experience (CX) reigns supreme when it comes to business competition today but ensuring a high-quality CX isn’t as easy as it used to be. The pandemic accelerated digital transformation plans. My research shows that 74% of companies accelerated digital initiatives by at least one year, about a third of those by two years or more.
Today, Bandwidth announced that its global bring-your-own-carrier (BYOC) product, Duet, is now available for Genesys contact center customers. To date, Bandwidth has aimed Duet at UCaaS deployments and currently has partnerships with Microsoft Teams and RingCentral. Genesys is the first CCaaS provider to partner with Bandwidth, or any provider, in such a way.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted most business operations as organizations shifted to work-from-home environments. Nearly two years later, organizations continue to offer a more flexible work setup for employees, and multi-cloud is the model they’re using to support it.
Recently, I attended the Talkdesk 2021 Customer Contact Week (CCW) event in Las Vegas. I participated in a panel titled “The Contact Center as a Revenue Engine.” Kathie Johnson, chief marketing officer (CMO), Talkdesk, moderated the panel that also included Kurt Mosher, chief operating officer (COO) Gant Travel, and Paulo Silva, senior vice president (SVP) of Alorica. I was interested in participating in this session because it addresses a trend I’ve followed for the better part of the past two years—the integration of sales and service.
In late 2021, Avaya launched its Experience Builders community, which brings together partners, customers, developers, and any other constituent that leverages its platform to create unique experiences. In the past, Avaya’s DevConnect developer program would handle creating these experiences, but now, it has solutions beyond just APIs. For example, end users can leverage Avaya’s low-code/no-code interface to create an experience that’s unique to their needs instead of having to modify their workflows around a stock interface.