The value of data in a call center


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The value of data in a call center

  1. 1. Spectrum March Newsletter March 2011The value of data in a call centerCall centers generate and store a tremendous amount of data, real time and historical. Unfortunatelyfor most call centers this data is vastly underutilized and therefore loses its value to the organization. ACall center improved its adherence by 6% in 30 days when it started to display, in real time, the agentadherence to schedules.A contact center has an ACD, CRM, WFM, IVR, email, chat, IM, call recording and call accounting just toname a few of the solutions and products in use. Each of these solutions generates a lot of data that isstored and reused by the solution. Each of these solutions is able to produce individual reports for themanager. However, in most call centers these reports are rarely used because there are so manyindividual reports to review. In addition, the time it takes to sort out the valuable data from each reportand create a summary report is overwhelming for most managers.This is a list of solutions and the data that should be extracted and used for real time and historicalreporting.The top five call center solutions (data sources) that should be tapped for reporting and the advantagesfor reporting on that data.Multichannel ACD: The data from the ACD gives us a real time and for the day view of how the agentsare performing and with respect to the goals set for the call center. This data provided to Managers,Team Leaders and Agents shows where the call center can improve immediately as well as in the future.Spectrum customers have reported up to 2% improvement in AHT by reporting ACD KPI’s to the agents.
  2. 2. Workforce Management: Real time reporting on WFM metrics benefits everyone. Agents see theadherence, shrinkage and absenteeism KPI’s and are able to adjust their behavior to meet the goals thatare set. A Spectrum customer reported a change in schedule adherence problems from 9% to 3% in 30days by displaying the KPI to the agent desktop.CRM: Revenue, quotes, and general sales activity creates a competition with the sales agents in the callcenter. Senior management in most organizations wants to see revenue figures and especially largeorders on a daily basis. A customer service call center using real time reporting has been able to increasethe revenue of its bottom producers by almost 3% by creating a competition between its agents anddisplaying the real time status.Customer Satisfaction Surveys: While FCR might tells us how we think the call center is doing CSatsurveys tell us what our customers think of us. External feedback that is shared provides thereinforcement management needs to encourage the call center team.In House Data: 40% of Spectrum customers have a custom built in house database(s) that contains sometype of valuable data. Typically this data is something that has been generated for years and the callcenter has come to depend on it for daily operations. By sharing this data on a real time basis with theentire call center everyone benefits from the data.Call centers generate and store an enormous amount of data. This data when used by a real timereporting tool will provide direct benefits to the call center. Knowledge, opportunities andimprovements are available and possible from using the data that is created by existing call centersolutions. Spectrum customers report real savings and ROI when using real time reporting tools.Spectrum is a leading provider of Unified Contact Center Reporting. Contact Spectrum today to learnmore about Contact Center Activity Monitoring and Unified Reporting.Dan BoehmVP Sales and 713 986 8839