8×8 Beefs Up Integrations Speech Analytics Reporting

integration_arrows.png 5 Ways Cloud UCC Changed the Workforce Mark Roberts September 16, 2019 The UCC digital renaissance has come and stayed. Now, enterprises are fine tuning their networks to better engage employees and customers. 5 Steps for A Seamless Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 09, 2019 Ensuring that IT and business teams are on the same page before, during, and after the process is key to a successful migration. In addition, 8×8 wants to do more than support the standard integrations required by most enterprises, added Meghan Keough, VP of product & solutions marketing at 8×8. Its intent with the revamped integration platform is to also enable developers, including those within the enterprise, to use its APIs to “really embed communications into their end-to-end business processes in a way that works for their organizations.” (For more on the role of developers in the contact center in particular, tune in to our latest episode of our No Jitter On Air podcast: “Crafting the Contact Center,” with guest Jeff Thompson, of ProdAdvisory.) And 8×8 doesn’t intend for its speech analytics capabilities to be limited to contact center conversations, Keough noted. In a heads-up to some of what 8×8 has planned for our Enterprise Connect conference and expo, coming the week of March 18 in Orlando, Fla., she said it will be announcing speech analytics for UC, too, broadening the scope of data available for providing customer insight. (You’ll find 8×8 on the expo floor at booth 506.) “It’s not just a support team or a customer service team of folks sitting in a cubicle somewhere that are engaging with your customers. … Now organizations will really be able to tap into all their customer interactions. Speech analytics won’t be constrained to one small team because of cost or scale issues of on-premises solutions,” she said. With a trio of enhancements, 8×8 continues to bulk up its cloud-based blended UC and contact center platform, the X Series, introduced last March and since upgraded with a team messaging capability. With the enhanced offering, businesses can get real-time insights through predefined categories, topics, and hundreds of words and phrases. Speech Analytics on Steroids8x8 also has changed up its approach to speech analytics, in part to meet customer demands for closer to real-time call transcription, Deklich said. To address that requirement, 8×8 has moved speech analytics into the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud to take advantage of its “fancy new” GPUs for processing such compute-intensive workloads, he said. With that in mind, the 8×8 Integration Framework now offers integrations for Microsoft Dynamics CRM; Bullhorn, a CRM system for recruiters; and team messaging app, Slack — with plenty more on the way, Deklich added. Dedicated vs. Shared Cloud Voice Services Darin Ward October 03, 2019 When moving voice to the cloud, many service providers tout their dedicated solutions. But is “dedicated” all that it’s cracked up to be? As an added benefit of now running the speech analytics load in the public cloud, 8×8 will be able to “play the clouds against one another,” thereby gaining cost efficiencies for the end customers, Deklich added. This is about democratizing speech analytics, extending the opportunity beyond large enterprises and the big on-premises horsepower required for setting up and training models, Keough said. By placing the compute in the cloud, 8×8 can now offer speech analytics for much smaller customers, too — like that 50-seat contact center that might be small but still would like to automate workloads — up and running in a month or so, she added. “The one thing you care about now in the enterprise and midmarket essentially is how do you quickly reduce complexity for users; how do you get better, faster, and cleaner ROI; and how do you actually connect your product to everything else,” Deklich said. “The goal is to be able to do that as quickly as humanly possible,” while also offering external engineering teams and customers a simple way to work with the APIs, too, he added. Contact Center DashboardsLastly, 8×8 has beefed up its real-time dashboards for contact centers, making them more customizable, shareable, and displayable as wallboards. These new dashboard capabilities start to show the value of unified analytics across all products, Deklich said. While 8×8 has long supported such integrations, “the old framework didn’t do that as well as it should have,” Deklich frankly stated. Integration OverhaulTo start, 8×8 has completed a “soup to nuts” rebuild of its integration platform and announced three new integrations on top of it, said Dejan Deklich, EVP and chief product officer at 8×8, in a No Jitter briefing. Tags:News & Views8x8integrationX Seriesspeech analyticscontact center dashboardreal-time reportingCloud CommunicationsAPIs & Embedded CommunicationsCCaaSContact Center & Customer ExperienceSpeech TechnologiesUCaaS Articles You Might Like Hyping Up Hybrid: Making the Case Ryan Daily September 05, 2019 With the race to the cloud heating up, some enterprises aren’t dashing to the finish line with the same intensity – opting instead for a “hybrid” pace. Log in or register to post comments As 8×8 has learned through customers, “when you give agents insight into what is the current status and current state of their call center and support team, they self-regulate and shift their behavior to optimize the customer experience,” Keough noted. For example, when agents see real-time queue status displayed on a wallboard, they might hold off on taking a break until a less busy time, she said. See All in Cloud Communications » Are We Heading for Cloud in a Box? Tom Nolle September 26, 2019 As the cloud craze continues, enterprises are looking for simplified “in a box” cloud solutions to address their communication and collaboration needs. “They self-monitor.” To address its goal, 8×8 rebuilt its integration platform on a microservices architecture and industry-standard APIs, all the while keeping its blended goal front and center. “I don’t want to build an integration just for UC or just for contact center,” Deklich said. “I want to build one integration that then works for everybody else.” read more

Alberta could save money cut greenhouse gas emissions with incentives report

by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 14, 2014 12:55 pm MDT Alberta could save money, cut greenhouse gas emissions with incentives: report EDMONTON – A report says Alberta could save money and cut greenhouse gas emissions if it offered people and businesses financial incentives to become more energy efficient.The report was put together by the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance and submitted to the provincial government.“The No. 1 action that we would like to see right now is for the provincial government to put some of their climate change emission management fund dollars into energy efficiency programs,” Jesse Row, the alliance’s executive director, said Tuesday.The alliance includes the cities of Calgary and Edmonton, Suncor Energy (TSX:SU), Atco Gas (TSX:ACO.X), the Pembina Institute, the Canada Green Building Council and other businesses and groups.The report also recommends the province should do more to raise awareness about how people and small- and medium-sized businesses can become more energy efficient.“Energy efficiency programs typically have two components — one is incentives and two is information and capacity building. We want the government to be doing both.”Row said such measures would save Albertans $1.5 billion a year by 2020 and achieve half of Alberta’s climate change reduction targets.The report does not give specific examples of what kind of incentive programs the government should offer, but lists broad areas where savings could potentially be achieved such as in residential buildings, industrial projects, commercial buildings and transportation.Under the heading residential buildings, the report mentions heating and cooling, lighting, appliances and water heating.“In the residential sector, what has been found is that incentive programs for efficiency upgrades have been successful in increasing energy efficiency,” Row said.The report recommends the government pay for incentive and awareness programs with a fund it has for climate change and emissions management.The money in the fund comes mainly from big energy and power companies in Alberta that exceed their greenhouse gas emission targets.Since 2007 the province has collected $398 million in the fund. About $380 million has been set aside for research on greenhouse gas reduction projects, but more money is collected each year.Alberta’s Environment Department received a preliminary copy of the alliance report before Christmas and was given the final version on Monday.Department spokesman Jason Maloney said the province is reviewing the report and plans to take action. But there was no immediate word on what exactly the government plans to do, or when.“Right now we are looking at energy efficiency efforts across all sectors but the details have not been finalized yet,” Maloney said.Under Alberta law, large industrial greenhouse gas emitters must reduce their emissions intensity by 12 per cent below their 2004-2005 baseline intensity.Companies that can’t meet this requirement must either buy carbon credits from other Alberta-based organizations or pay $15 into the fund for every tonne over the limit. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more