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.”
The text, tabled by Egypt, reiterated the United Nations’ position on Jerusalem and would have affirmed “that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.”The text would also have called on all States “to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem.”A negative vote – or veto – from one of the Council’s five permanent members – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States – blocks passage of a resolution.Therefore, the draft was rejected despite support from the other four permanent members and from the 10 non-permanent members.The vote followed a briefing by Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace process, who said that the Israel-Palestinian conflict has not seen significant positive moves towards peace during the reporting period from 20 September to 18 December.He said that the security situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory has become more tense in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s decision on 6 December to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, citing an increase in incidents, notably rockets fired from Gaza and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces.Uncertainty about future of peace process looms over situation on the ground“None of the developments on the ground can be divorced from the broader context in which they are happening: uncertainties about the future of the peace process; unilateral actions that undermine the two-state solution; occupation; and violence,” Mr. Mladenov told the Council.The Special Coordinator’s briefing mainly focused on the status of implementation of Security Council resolution 2334, which was adopted in December 2016 by 14 votes, with the US abstaining.In that text, the Council reaffirmed that Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders.It underlined that it would not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including the status of Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the two sides through negotiations.“The United Nations maintains the view that Jerusalem is a final status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties on the basis of the relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions taking into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinian and the Israeli sides,” Mr. Mladenov stressed, warning that there is a growing risk that the parties may revert to more unilateral actions.He said that since the US decision, the Palestinian leadership canceled meetings with visiting Vice-President Mike Pence, and called for the establishment of a new mechanism to achieve peace.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has also vowed to seek unilateral recognition of Palestine and to seek full membership in international organizations in the absence of a meaningful peace process, Mr. Mladenov added.Regarding Israel’s settlement activities, housing construction in occupied Palestinian territory has continued, with significantly more units advanced and approved in 2017, he said.For instance, in East Jerusalem, the increase has been from 1,600 units in 2016 to some 3,100 in 2017.In addition, 2017 has seen worrying legislative, judicial and administrative initiatives that aim to change the long-standing Israeli policy concerning the legal status of the West Bank and the use of private Palestinian land, Mr. Mladenov warned.