Network Modernization Planning, 2022 Edition

Posted on June 14, 2022 by Sean Mathias

How are we still talking about network modernization in 2022, you might ask? That is a fair question. The simple answer is that most companies and enterprises have yet to begin the process of modernization in earnest and instead continue down the well-worn path of early 2000s networking.

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Prepare and Create Data to Support Customer Self-Service

Posted on April 19, 2022 by Kathy Sobus

Preparing and creating as much data as you can will help you build for the future and support more self-service efforts.

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Cloud Modernization: Why Lift and Shift Can Lead to Drift

Posted on March 29, 2022 by Tim Femister

This article originally appeared in CIO Dive.

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Don’t be Afraid of Intelligent Virtual Assistants and the Help They Bring

Posted on March 22, 2022 by Kathy Sobus

Virtual assistants can offer an incredible amount of help to your customer care organization. Before we jump into that, let’s start by focusing on what a Virtual Assistant is—or better yet, an Intelligent Virtual Assistant.

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How to Accelerate Your Cloud Journey in 2022 and Beyond

Posted on March 15, 2022 by Craig Chumley + Tim Femister

Several years ago, companies rushed to move their data to the cloud simply for the sake of being in the cloud. But adopting a cloud strategy should not be taken lightly. It’s a journey that requires a methodical approach, deep domain knowledge, top-notch security and a trusted partner. Along that road, you’ll find greater scalability, resiliency, agility and innovation.

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Modernize Your Customer Experience with Self-Service

Posted on February 22, 2022 by Kathy Sobus

In my last blog post, I advocated for beginning your customer experience modernization journey by consulting with IT. My next piece of advice centers around what the end goal of your modernization efforts should be: allowing your customers more access to self-service—and I mean good self-service.

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The Time is Now: Modernize Your Customer Experience

Posted on February 1, 2022 by Kathy Sobus

Do you feel like you’re working on antiquated equipment? Are your customers demanding that you do something different to improve their experiences? If so, it’s time for your customer care organization to modernize—but what does that mean, exactly, and how can you best position yourself and your organization for success?

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Business Agility Through Modernization

Posted on November 9, 2021 by David Lover

My past several blog posts have been talking about the characteristics of a modern communications platform. We’ve talked about the technical things we need to pay attention to in order to deliver a better end-user experience. We’ve talked about the embracing of a mobile-first philosophy, the need for an 11-digit E.164 dial plan to enable better directory integration and click-to-call, the advantages of SIP signaling for endpoints, and so on. We’ve still got a few topics to talk about, but I wanted to share a personal experience I had recently that reminded me why it is so critically important to have these modernization conversations proactively as opposed to waiting until it’s too late.

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How to Create Personalized Customer Experiences

Posted on October 26, 2021 by Phillip Yeich + Frank Tersigni

Customers want to be more than a number. They want companies to quickly recognize who they are, anticipate what they want, and solve their problems quickly. And they want this recognition to extend across any interaction they have with a business—whether it’s phone, email, chat, SMS, or social media.

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Communication Modernization: Migration to SIP Endpoints

Posted on September 30, 2021 by David Lover

Continuing our discussion of Communication Modernization from my last post, I want to talk about migrating to SIP endpoints. What about SIP trunks, you ask? I’m not sure I’d consider SIP trunks a “modernization” thing anymore. Many made that switch a LONG time ago—it’s a complete no-brainer for most customers that I deal with. Reduce hardware, decrease cost, increase flexibility, easier redundancy… what’s not to love? No, instead I’m talking about hardphones and softphones. Using SIP as the signaling protocol is almost always the right answer. Let’s talk about why.

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