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Peter Lyle DeHaan Releases TAS Book

How to Start a Telephone Answering Service
Get the latest info in the book How to Start a Telephone Answering Service.

Longtime industry veteran Peter Lyle DeHaan released his insider’s guide to starting an answering service on January 29. Titled How to Start a Telephone Answering Service, the book concisely shares the essential information needed for an entrepreneur to start an answering service. Based on decades of industry experience and years of consulting, Peter DeHaan, PhD, released this book as a service to the industry.

“Though I open the book trying to talk people out of starting an answering service, if they decide to proceed, I want them to do it right and not damage the industry by making naïve mistakes,” said DeHaan. It’s a must read for anyone thinking about getting into the answering service industry.

Author Peter Lyle DeHaan

“When I consulted for the industry, people kept calling me to help them start an answering service. I repeated the same advice so often, that I eventually resorted to putting it online.” Since day one that website received steady traffic. Now, for the first time, that updated information is available in the convenience of a book. Available in paperback and ebook.

Learn more at www.StartAnAnsweringService.com.

Customer Contact Week Celebrates 20th Anniversary in 2019

Customer Contact Week celebrates twenty years of CCW and groundbreaking industry growth and innovation. This June 24-28 at The Mirage in Las Vegas, CCW brings together 2,500-plus executives for five inspirational, educational, and community-oriented days.

The 2019 Keynote Headliners include Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos; Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Foundation; and Shep Hyken, chief amazement officer at Shepard Productions. Two-hundred and fifty additional experts will take the stage including:

  • Troy Stevenson, VP, global head of community operations, Uber
  • Meghan Borsic, head of UX research and design, consumer electronics, Amazon
  • Kirsty Traill, VP, customer, Hootsuite
  • Sasha Chatani Lucas, head of digital, Verizon
  • Jake Petersen, SVP, operations, Moviepass

The CCW Expo Hall features state-of-the-art technologies and solutions from Salesforce, Genesys, Five9, Avaya, LiveVox, ServiceNow, and 200-plus additional exhibitors. The expo hall features technology themes throughout the event agenda, covering topics including: AI/chatbots, customer experience, customer feedback, employee engagement, omnichannel, nearshoring and offshoring, social media, and training and development.

New programming this year includes CCWomen, a networking event for female contact center leaders, and the Technology and Innovation Focus Day. Learn more at www.customercontactweek.com.

Speaker Lineup Unveiled for 2019 PACE Annual Convention & Expo (ACX’19)

The Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE) is excited to announce its jam-packed speaker lineup and agenda for its Annual Convention & Expo (ACX’19). Industry leaders from Amazon, Google, Uber, Hulu, LegalZoom, USAA, Verizon, Comcast, Shutterfly, Ring, and more, will converge March 31 to April 3 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio.

The Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE) announced its speaker lineup and agenda for its Annual Convention & Expo (ACX’19). Industry leaders from Amazon, Google, Uber, Hulu, LegalZoom, USAA, Verizon, Comcast, Shutterfly, Ring, AXA, and more, will converge March 31 to April 3 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio.

ACX’19 kicks off at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 31 with a welcome reception. From the pre-show tournaments, expo hall, and evening receptions, there are many opportunities to network and engage with leaders in the contact center industry.

Jeanne Bliss, president of CustomerBliss will present the keynote address on Monday at 9:30 a.m. On Tuesday, Chris Malone, the founder and managing partner of Fidelum Partners, will present the keynote address at 9 a.m.

In addition to the keynote presentations, general sessions, and networking activities, ACX’19 will highlight a wide variety of educational breakout sessions. These sessions will focus on the areas of operations, customer experience, compliance, and innovative technology.

For more information visit www.paceacx.com.

Amtelco’s Genesis Intelligent Series Receives Unify Certification

Amtelco received interoperability certification for the Genesis Intelligent Series call center console solution with the version 8.x Unify OpenScape 4000 PBX (private branch exchange) by the Unify Technology Partner Program, based in Munich, Germany, on December 3.

Testing of the interoperability between Amtelco’s Genesis Intelligent Series solution and Unify’s open SIP interface for the OpenScape 4000 PBX was conducted remotely in October by Amtelco’s PBX Integration Lab staff in McFarland, Wisconsin, and the Unify Communications Development Lab in Beersel, Belgium.

Amtelco received interoperability certification from Unify in 2016 for the Infinity Intelligent Series call center console solution with the version 7.x Unify OpenScape 4000 PBX.

Unify, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated communication solutions, is a subsidiary of Atos, Inc. Atos, a European IT services corporation headquartered in Bezons, France, acquired Unify and the OpenScape 4000 PBX in 2016 from Gores Group and Siemens.

AmtelcoFor more information about Amtelco’s Genesis IS, contact Amtelco at 800-356-9148 or email info@amtelco.com.

Customer Contact Week’s 20th Anniversary Series Brings Back Top-Rated Headliners

Customer Contact Week, for customer service and CX professionals, will kick off 2019 at the JW Marriott in Nashville, January 15–18. This event is projected to attract over 500 executives who spearhead contact center and customer experience strategies.

Celebrating its twentieth anniversary since the founding of Call Center Week in 1999, each iteration of CCW in 2019 will feature the highest-rated headliners from previous years to reintroduce CX legends dating back more than two decades. The 20th Anniversary headliner for Nashville is Jenn Lim, CEO and chief happiness officer of Delivering Happiness, a company she and Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos.com) co-founded to inspire science-based happiness, passion, and purpose at work, home, and everyday life.

New programming this year includes CCWomen, a networking event for female contact center leaders, and Tech and Innovation Focus Day, which combines thought-leading research and content generated by CCW Digital with the latest project case studies from practitioners.

“2019 is going to be an exciting year, and we look forward to celebrating twenty years of CCW during the Nashville, Austin, and flagship Las Vegas events,” said Mario Matulich, executive director, customer management practice. “We have a lot in store for CCW next year, including surprise keynotes, new and improved interactive discussion groups, and new networking and session formats.”

This year’s agenda is rooted in the people, process, and technology organizations need to deliver world-class journeys to all customers, internal and external. Developed through meticulous and in-depth research by CCW Digital and the CCW Advisory Board, the conference will address topics such as predictions for the contact centers of 2019, CX intelligent automation, assessing digital transformation readiness, and how omnichannel analytics technology works and applies today.

The CCW Nashville Speaker faculty includes Valerie Egen, VP of global customer engagement at Subway; Lisa Griffin, VP of patient access at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Bob Flynn, VP of facilities and game day operations at Tennessee Titans; Vinay Mummigatti, chief automation officer at LexisNexis and Carla Moore, VP of sales strategy at HBO. Additionally, big-name solution providers sponsoring the event include Genesys, Salesforce, Bright Pattern, Calabrio, Lessonly, and Qualfon.

To view the agenda or learn more about speaking, sponsoring, or attending CCW, please visit www.customercontactweekwinter.com. For the latest news and CCW developments; follow us at @custcontactweek.

Startel Announces Retirement of Wayne Scaggs

Startel, Professional Teledata, and Alston Tascom, leading providers of contact center solutions, announced that Wayne Scaggs will retire as the company’s director of corporate strategy effective January 1, 2019.

Scaggs joined Alston Tascom (previously known as Conrac Alston) in 1979 after leaving Bell Helicopter. He began his career with the company as a field service engineer and progressed through the organization in a variety of roles until he had the opportunity to purchase the company in 1994. He served as the president of Alston Tascom until September 2017, when Startel, Professional Teledata, and Alston Tascom merged.

“As I reach forty years with Alston Tascom, I have given this decision a great deal of thought and concluded that the time is right for me to take this step,” said Scaggs. “I’m grateful to have had such a long and fulfilling career, and I’m confident that Startel has the right strategy and team to drive our business forward. I’m looking forward to retirement and spending time categorizing my world money collection from 153 different countries and traveling with my wife, Joanne.”

“On behalf of the company, we thank Wayne for his tremendous contributions and almost forty years of dedicated service to Alston Tascom,” said Brian Stewart, president and CEO of Startel. “Those of us who have had the privilege of working with Wayne know that Startel is a better company because of him. We will miss Wayne, but we wish him the very best in this well-earned retirement.”

StartelFor more information, call 949-863-8776 or visit www.startel.com.

Contact Center Software Market to Surpass USD 40 Billion By 2024

The global contact center software market is set to grow from its current market value of more than 14 billion dollars to over 40 billion dollars by 2024, according to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc.

The contact center software market growth is attributed to the increasing adoption of social media platform by customers with the active social media users in 2018 being approximately 3.1 billion. The incorporation of social media with contact center software allows businesses to communicate in an improved way with their current and prospective customers, providing improved sales opportunity, increased customer awareness, and high-quality customer service.

Around 90 percent of businesses now have a Facebook and Twitter account, which enables them to educate and update customers about products and services, thereby creating a favorable opportunity for improving sales. Furthermore, the increasing emergence of AI-based intelligent virtual assistants in the contact center software market is changing the way businesses carry out their operations by not only providing augmented customer experience but also giving the early adopters an edge over competitors. The intelligent virtual assistants gather information, predict customers’ needs, and learn customers’ behavior by understanding customer requests and solving complex tasks.

The customer collaboration segment is projected to show the fastest growth rate with a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of over 18 percent in the market. The customer collaboration software enables organizations to interact with customers in an efficient way, building long-term relationships. Customers have the advantage of expressing their views about the company’s products and services, which can be considered as feedback. After analyzing comments, the contact center personnel should interact with the concerned customer, ensuring they are provided with the best products and services.

In the contact center software market, the cloud-based deployment model is projected to observe the highest adoption rate with a CAGR of approximately 22 percent over the forecast timespan. This model offers various benefits such as easy and faster deployment and implementation, greater security, ease of managing remote workforce, improved flexibility and scalability, standardization of global technology and services, real-time data visibility, and customization capabilities, driving their market adoption. It also provides the contact center supervisors with substantial visibility of their agent’s productivity, making them aware of the performance of their outbound campaigns and inbound queues, thereby achieving higher business efficiency.

Ron Violante to Focus Attention on Pulsar360

Ron Violante announced that he will rep exclusively for Pulsar360. Last year, Violante began representing Szeto Technologies in addition to Pulsar360. Though this was not a conflict of interest, and Violante was able to fully represent both companies for maximum results, it did cause confusion among some members of the industry. To remove any possible concerns that some people may have, Violante decided that going forward he will rep exclusively for Pulsar360.

“I have great respect for Charles Szeto and the work done by Szeto Technologies,” said Violante. “My decision isn’t a reflection on Charles or the company, but I decided it was the best interest of everyone involved if I only represented one company. Because my involvement with Pulsar360 goes back many years, they will receive my focus going forward.”

Pulsar360’s Michael Dozier affirms Violante’s decision. “Ron is a man of integrity, and we are glad to have him as part of our team.”

In addition to his work with Pulsar360, Violante has also been involved with answering service acquisitions, where he assists buyers and sellers to put together mutually beneficial transactions.

For more information contact Ron Violante at 330-565-8364.

Amtelco’s Genesis Intelligent Series v5.1 Now “Avaya Compliant”

AmtelcoAmtelco’s Genesis Intelligent Series release 5.1 is compliant with key communications and collaboration solutions from Avaya, a provider of digital communications software, services, and devices.

The Genesis software switching solution provides the Intelligent Series applications with advanced software-based telephony. Genesis Intelligent Series provides an all-inclusive, enterprise-wide call center multimedia software suite with skills-based automatic call distribution (ACD), built-in speech recognition, text to speech, and voice services to improve call routing and management.

Genesis users can keep metrics with customizable reporting, enhance accountability with call logging and video screen capture, connect remote agents, and manage automated dispatch and on-call scheduling. Genesis can be operated in a virtual server environment or in the cloud, enabling businesses to grow without adding additional hardware—helping save time and money. The application is now compliance-tested by Avaya for compatibility with Avaya Aura® Session Manager 7.1 and Avaya Aura Communication Manager 7.1.

Amtelco is a Technology Partner in the Avaya DevConnect program. As a Technology Partner, Amtelco is eligible to submit products for compliance testing by the Avaya Solution Interoperability and Test Lab. There, a team of Avaya engineers develops a comprehensive test plan for each application to verify whether it is Avaya compatible. Doing so enables businesses to confidently add best-in-class capabilities to their network without having to replace their existing infrastructure—speeding deployment of new applications and reducing both network complexity and implementation costs.

“We are excited that this latest release of our Genesis Intelligent Series has successfully completed Avaya DevConnect compliance testing,” said Tom Curtin, Amtelco president. “Our mutual customers can confidently deploy Genesis with their Avaya Aura platform, helping them uncover new possibilities for getting more out of their communications infrastructure.”

In Other Amtelco News

Amtelco has brought on Brad Swift as their contract service sales manager. Amtelco created this position in response to the growing need for call centers to quickly have access to the newest Amtelco software features. Brad will offer Amtelco contract services to help call centers get up-to-date with current technologies, assist with projects such as upgrading system software, and help with growth and future development.

“Brad had a successful eighteen-year sales career with us in the past, serving our clients in Canada,” said Curtin. “We are excited to begin this new partnership so that our customers will be able to outsource to Amtelco to help get the work done that they cannot find resources for. This will open up new opportunities for our customers to be able to add even more processes to their Amtelco call center system.”

“I’m looking forward to this new role,” Swift said. “When call centers are unsure about the cost and liability that comes with hiring temporary in-house or contracted employees for their communications projects, I will be able to help—backed by the resources, expertise, and HIPAA-compliance Amtelco provides. There is a huge opportunity in our industry to help customers with services such as converting from legacy systems and transitioning to IS and Genesis, system analysis, and future growth.”

Improving Communications for the Deaf Community

AnswerNet and Connect Direct have partnered to bring the deaf community to the forefront of today’s customer service solutions. With one million deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States, it’s astonishing how little progress has been made in customer service communications. While the use of smart phones and video chat has been well-established over the past few years, companies still haven’t taken full advantage of the opportunity to provide the instant customer care expected by most hearing consumers.

With a partnership between AnswerNet and Connect Direct, companies can now allow customer service representatives to connect immediately with their deaf or hard of hearing consumers through video. The agents use American Sign Language (ASL), often the first language of deaf and hard of hearing people, to communicate with the consumer regarding their issue in a quick and efficient manner.

While this innovation is great for businesses, it also is a unique opportunity to employ deaf and hard of hearing people. Forty-seven percent of the deaf community in the United States isn’t in the labor force. However, call centers can now expand their offering to handle live video calls that require ASL.

“The deaf community has lacked the support from corporate America. As consumers, they are not given the chance to speak in their native language [ASL],” says Gary Pudles, CEO and president of AnswerNet. “However, as an owner of many omni-channel contact centers, technology has so greatly opened up the world of communications that we can not only provide better customer service solutions but also provide employment opportunities that didn’t exist before; being deaf should never be considered a limitation, but being unaware of the community and the value they bring to a corporation is.”

Learn more at https://answernet.com/asl/.