Part 5: Three UC Integration Mistakes to Avoid When Looking for a Solution
As you search for technology to help shape your business into the “new normal,” there are a few things you need to understand before making the change. Here are three mistakes you should avoid when it comes to a UC integration solution:
- Not Cloud-based
Cloud-based solutions provide the ability to easily access, manage, and scale your contact center as needed. With on premises solutions, IT departments are needed to help make changes. Even the smallest of changes and can take days, if not weeks, depending on the size of your business. For businesses who need to remain agile and make changes on the fly, this becomes a big challenge. Switching to a cloud-based solution leaves it up to the provider to maintain the hardware and keep the software up-to-date, eliminating the need to develop and maintain a custom integration through the IT department.
- No Subject-Matter Expert Presence
As agents work remotely from their own homes, it’s vital to see what experts are available to assist. Collaboration has become more complex as agents are not in a shared office space where they can simply look around for help. Agents don’t have visibility into the homes of their colleagues, and a solution that displays an expert’s presence helps ease any confusion or delay in helping your customers.
With the ability to see the presence of an expert, agents can simply call, transfer, or conference in an expert directly with the customer to solve their issues. Agents are able to avoid the awful service experience of blind transferring to an expert who is not available, only for the call to bounce back to them.
- Separate Directories
Every second counts in the contact center. From average handle time to hold times, agents are the driving force to help improve those metrics. As we are discussing UC integration, it may be assumed that the directories of the two systems—contact center and unified communications—are consolidated into one, but that may not always be the case.
As agents reach a certain point in customer interactions, help is needed from an expert. Searching through two separate environments that do not communicate can be tough to manage and see which expert is actually available. With a consolidated contact center and UC directory, agents can easily search for experts by groups, job title, or even name if they know exactly who they are looking for. A single directory eliminates the need to jump back and forth between applications.
As you consider options for a UC integration, being aware of these mistakes can help your organization find a solution that not only fits but can increase business agility and efficiency. Click the link to learn more about how Five9 UC Integration can help.
Read the rest of this series:
- Part 1: Bridging the Gap Between Contact Center Agents and Subject Matter Experts
- Part 2: Three Tips to Increase Efficiency with a Unified Communications Integration
- Part 3: How Unified Communications Integration Improves the Customer Experience
- Part 4: Three Trends Driving the Push for UC Integration