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Mary Lou Joseph
Recently, Craig Seebach, VP, Enterprise WFO at Verint, moderated a webinar, “Creating Tremendous Results at Speed,” with Caroline Basyn, SVP, Global Business Services at Mondelez, the global snack manufacturer (Oreo and Cadbury brands to name a couple). While many topics were covered, improving ...
I’ve written before about the back office being the underdog—the unsung hero of the organization. The front office gets the kudos for delivering a great customer experience, but it’s the back-office that typically processes the work to completion. The focus of most of my musings has been on the ...
Gamification, the application of gaming mechanics to motivate a specific behavior, is no longer a buzzword according to Tim Bradshaw, correspondent for the Financial Times in his recent article, “Pokémon Go Shows Gamification Is Far from Dead.”1  The term gamification first gained widespread usage ...
Is your organization still plagued with operational silos? Are you chained to outdated legacy systems? Is meeting customer demand and expectations the focus of just the front office, or your entire company?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then likely your operations are living in ...
What’s the employee sophomore slump?  According to CIO.com writer Sarah K. White in her article, “How to use gamification to improve employee engagement,” it’s when “the high of a new job wears off” and the job has “lost its glamour and that excitement fades.”   Employees are most likely to become ...
The mail-order pharmacy unit of a healthcare insurer recently upgraded to the latest version of Verint® Workforce Optimization™. The upgrade was no easy undertaking as it extended the solutions to include thousands of employees in blended environments, in which staff engaged with customers on the ...
A recent Insurance Networking News article by Nathan Golia (@NathanGolia) references a West Monroe Partners’ study on data analytics in insurance companies that found “Two-thirds of the 122 respondents to the survey said data quality and accuracy was the greatest challenge to advanced analytics.”  ...
Managing to Service Level Agreements (SLAs) can be a daunting challenge, mostly because few organizations can view and track service requests and work items from the point of origin all the way through execution. 
When you first say production management, I think most people envision an assembly line—perhaps at an automobile plant.  Production management in a service support organization is similar in that you know the type of work and process steps needed to execute the work, and the skills required to do ...
In the previous blog post, I introduced the director of global business process services at a leading enterprise technology company.  The director set out on a journey to provide back-office managers with the data they needed to make effective decisions around employee productivity.  Part one ...
The Director of Global Business Process Services at a global enterprise information technology company came to a realization many years ago. The managers of back-office operations were at a handicap due to a lack of data and no standard, consistent program for workforce management (WFM). The ...

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