Alston Tascom Announces Two Easy-to-Use Revenue Enhancing Products

Alston TascomAlston Tascom announced two new products, with an eye toward providing more tools for their customers to use to enhance their call center revenue: ADAM Outbound and Reply and Deliver.

Alston Tascom’s ADAM Outbound is an excellent tool for taking on outbound campaigns to offset the inherent idle times by offering outbound campaign calls to designated agents when they are not taking incoming calls. The built-in scheduler blends calls, adding the ability to keep agents busy during slow times.

Additionally, Alston Tascom’s Reply and Deliver is a feature that allows call center customers to send a reply to the message sent to them via SMS or email with an option for them to close out the message. For example, when a repair call comes in and the message is sent to the person on call, once the job is finished the on call person can send a reply and close the message. Their reply is inserted into the message ticket so the next morning the office will have a complete record of the incident.

Amtelco Introduces Intelligent Series v5.0

AmtelcoAmtelco introduced version 5.0 of its Intelligent Series (IS) suite of call center applications. The updated IS messenger interface incorporates multiple conversations into one window. The contacts page is used to select agents and supervisors for a new chat message. Agents can initiate a chat, refresh the screen, dock the IS messenger window, and view the IS messenger history.

The IS specials pane displays a list of special notes regarding the selected client. Specials usually contain timely information about the client’s availability, location, and activities. Specials have a subject and content, just like an IS message, but are displayed in the specials viewing area and can have expiration dates and times.

The client sidebar enables agents to view information for the current client account. The info pages pane lets agents view info pages for a client without opening a new work item in the work area of the soft agent screen. A new navigation menu feature has been added to configure menus of options that can be used to select an automated behavior for a call to follow.

The call event tracker, accessed from the IS supervisor monitors menu, provides detailed information about call events generated with the optional Genesis soft switch, which provides detailed information about agent events.

Genesis reports have been added to IS supervisor reporting for use with the optional Genesis soft switch. The Genesis reports can be run from IS supervisor and the optional miTeamWeb application.

In other news, Amtelco announced that the Genesis Intelligent Series solution and the Intelligent Soft Agent have successfully completed Avaya DevConnect Compliance Testing.

The Genesis Intelligent Series solution was tested with Avaya Aura® Session Manager Release 7.0 and Avaya Aura® Communication Manager Release 7.0. The Intelligent Soft Agent Release 5.0 call center solution was tested with Avaya Aura® Communication Manager Release 7.0 and Avaya Aura® Application Enablement Services Release 7.0. Both successfully completed compliance testing.

The Genesis software switching solution provides the Intelligent Series applications with advanced software-based telephony. Genesis provides an all-inclusive call center solution based on the Intelligent Series suite of applications.

Professional Teledata Announces New Online Payment Processing Solution

Professional Teledata launched ThePaymentPortal.com, its new payment processing option for its Total Billing Solution 3 (TBS3) software. The solution was unveiled earlier this month during the annual PINetwork User Group Meeting in Miami, Florida.

ThePaymentPortal.com is a hosted, online, secure e-commerce site that customers’ clients can log into at their convenience to manage their account. Through a partnership with QOS Merchant Solutions, Professional Teledata offers this optional feature to users wanting to view account statements, invoices, and traffic history and to pay bills online. ThePaymentPortal.com incorporates several features designed to optimize the user experience: 

  • Easy Account Management: End users can access and download invoices and view traffic statistics from their account. Users now maintain the administration of their accounts, including registration and passwords.
  • Custom Branding: Accounts can be branded with company logo, colors, and contact information.
  • Strong Encryption: Communication with the website and data at rest is strongly encrypted to resist any potential data breaches.
  • Flexible Payment Options: Payments can be made via credit card or electronic check, depending on TBS3 users’ preferred merchant account configuration.

Professional Teledata staff monitor and maintain the web server, saving users from having to dedicate in-house IT resources.

“ThePaymentPortal.com provides a secure and simple way for our clients’ end users to manage their accounts and pay bills online,” said Alan Hartmann, director of software development for Professional Teledata. “We are excited to offer the marketplace with our new payment solution and a more convenient way to do business.”

Professional TeledataThePaymentPortal.com will be available in July 2017; Professional Teledata is taking pre-orders now for installation in July. To place an order, or for pricing or system requirement information, contact Sales at sales@proteledata.com.

OnviSource to Support Multi and Cross-Channel Analytics

OnviSource selected and integrated the Nuance Transcription Engine (NTE) for the OnviSource speech-to-text (STT) and transcription product, Captora™. Accurate speech-to-text conversion performed by Captora is crucial to OnVision’s text analytics, responsible for big data management, data mining, and trend analysis. Captora taps the power and accuracy of NTE to quickly transform massive amounts of voice and audio into text for rapid search and indexing by OnVision’s text analytics.

OnviSource offers OnVision™ to capture, unify, and analyze all data and media from the entire customer journey, including all systems and all multichannel customer interactions. The resulting actionable knowledge and trends are then used by OnVision’s decisionmaking engines for the automated launch of decisions and actions.

“OnviSource continuously investigates and evaluates the best STT engines available from the right partners in order to power its Captora transcription product,” said Art Yri, CTO of OnviSource. “Nuance Transcription Engine was selected and integrated to power our Captora after an extensive evaluation by OnviSource and due to its speed and accuracy.”

OnviSourceOnviSource enabled companies to costeffectively connect, interact, capture, unify, analyze, and automate their entire customer interactions and transactions.

Telescan Announces New Hires

AmtelcoThe Telescan Division of Amtelco continues to grow and advance the development of its Spectrum system in response to demand for a flexible, expandable software-based call center system. The Telescan team is growing to continue helping customers succeed.

Paul Schulte is joining the Telescan support services team in St. Louis, Missouri. Paul will provide phone support to Spectrum system users and assist in the internal operations of the St. Louis office. Brett Minster is joining the software development staff in St. Louis. Brett will be developing applications for Telescan’s next-generation switch, Prism II.

For more information contact Amtelco at 800-356-9148 or info@amtelco.com.

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Spectrum Prism II Begins Beta Testing

AmtelcoThe Telescan Division of Amtelco has begun installation and field-testing of Prism II at beta sites. Prism II is the next-generation telephony switch for the Telescan Spectrum system. It provides a powerful and flexible soft-switching solution. The benefits for call centers include:

  • Increased call handling capacity without added hardware
  • Improved backup and recovery options
  • Real-time monitoring and activity logs
  • Enhanced audio quality
  • Faster call setup

Call routing is enhanced with powerful features based on station, client group and skill level. Where the current Prism switch uses hardware to accomplish its telephony functions, the new Prism II is an entirely software-based switch built around Asterisk, a widely used open-source framework for building communications solutions.

For more information contact Amtelco at 800-356-9148 or info@amtelco.com.

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Amtelco Releases Hosted Spectrum

AmtelcoSpectrum Prism is now available as a hosted service. Some of the advantages of hosting include increased call handling capacity without adding hardware or IT labor. And there’s no need for a support plan; it’s all included along with updates. Hosted Spectrum is completely scalable, which makes it ideal for startups. Stations are easy to add as needed.

Virtual call centers using hosted systems will become more prevalent in the coming years, especially as an element of the consolidation that is taking place in the call center industry. Virtual call centers will be much more flexible than traditional call centers, which are constrained by their locations, floor space, and physical agent positions. Use of a collocated call center solution breaks the call center away from the physical constraints and overhead costs of a building, equipment room, and back-up power.

For more information contact Amtelco at 800-356-9148 or info@amtelco.com.

2017 ATSI Annual Conference: Education, Networking, Fellowship

The Association of TeleServices International (ATSI) will host the 2017 annual conference, “Education, Networking, and Fellowship,” June 27-29, 2017 at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. The conference will bring together industry leaders who will share and discuss important topics in the contact center and telephone answering service industry such as:

  • Hiring talent and training
  • Revenue enhancement techniques
  • Sales and marketing tactics

Additional sessions will explore topics such as, HIPAA agent training, business operations, and planning and financial management. This annual event also examines upcoming changes in legislation, telco competition, new technology, and equipment. The trade show and exposition, an integral part of the convention, provides an opportunity to view the latest in contact center equipment and technology.

ATSI’s mission is to promote and provide research into the development of the telephone answering and call center industries. Stakeholders can take advantage of becoming ATSI members and access a wealth of knowledge. ATSI members can:

  • Boost their TAS and contact center’s profits.
  • Participate in the Award of Excellence program, allowing businesses to be tested and recognized for quality standards.
  • Access ATSI University, offering a myriad of educational tools.
  • Use the ATSI listserv, providing access to colleagues and industry subject matter experts.
  • Forge ahead with industry trends and developments with the idea sharing member forum.

Registrations in early 2017 at www.atsi.org.

Executive Services Earns Gold Call Center Certification

The Association of Teleservices International (ATSI) announced that Allgood Communications, Inc, dba Executive Services, has re-qualified for a fourth time and has been awarded the Gold 24/7 Call Center Certification Award.

“This qualification is another milestone in our continuous investment in technology, people, and processes,” said April Kasza, Executive Services’ general manager. She continued, “Tom Sheridan, Executive Services’ president and part of the founding certification process, has committed to provide the highest quality services to our clients. Together, we are able to offer the best call center and information technology available, as well as innovative applications and quality service.”

The certification indicates that Executive Services has met or exceeded high standards in the following areas: business practices, life safety, operations, including normal and emergency procedures, personnel hiring, training, and ongoing evaluations through a peer review program focusing on 99.9 percent annual run time.

ATSI is an international trade association established by and for entrepreneurs in the teleservices business. This includes telephone answering services, voicemail services, telemarketing services, and any other business that provides enhanced communication services.

ATSI Recertifies Focus Telecommunications

ATSI - Association of TeleServices InternationalAssociation of Teleservices International (ATSI) announced that Focus Telecommunications has re-certified for the Gold 24/7 Call Center Certification Award after originally qualifying November 2004.

Donna West, president of Focus Telecommunications and an industry leader in quality education training products said, “I am delighted that this certification product is available along with other ATSI products that help to demonstrate a standard of quality to our clients and industry as a whole.”

Tom Reandeau, vice president of operations said, “Focus has been a long-time supporter of the ATSI certification program and along with the site certification, we also participate in the Agent, Advanced Agent, and Supervisor Certification Programs as well as the Award of Excellence and Award of Distinction for Call Centers, which helps to codify our commitment to excellence.”

The certification indicates that Focus Telecommunications has met or exceeded high standards in the following areas: business practices, life safety, operations, including normal and emergency procedures, personnel hiring, training, and ongoing evaluations through a peer review program focusing on 99.9 percent annual run time.