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Paul Stockford - Chief Analyst, Saddletree Research
I originally wanted to title this blog “Answering the Musical Question: How Do You Know What You Don’t Know If You Don’t Know That You Don’t Know It?”  Then I realized that the title had so many characters that it would pretty much exclude me from Tweeting about it, so I decided to back off and ...
Like the urban legends that lurk ceaselessly on the Internet, every industry has its own share of myths that seem to take on a life of their own.  Even in the contact center industry we have our share of myths, misunderstandings and mix-ups.  Unfortunately, we don’t have our own version of Snopes ...
It was in 2011 that the back office first came to our attention at Saddletree Research as a potentially disruptive force in the global contact center industry. Although the back office was an entirely separate operation from the front office contact center in most enterprises, the similarities ...
When you hear terms such as “adaptive personalization,” Interactive Voice Response (IVR) probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind. In fact, most people don’t associate those words with the contact center at all, but they are becoming increasingly important in the customer service ...
Can you spare five minutes of your time? I have an opportunity for you to make your voice heard. The not-for-profit National Association of Call Centers (NACC) is gathering the data needed for continued contact center research in 2016. Although Saddletree Research is my primary business, I have ...
This is the time of year that many of us start to wonder what the year ahead holds for the contact center industry. This year, instead of wondering, pondering, guessing and speculating about what could happen in 2016, we decided to take a more scientific approach to our conjectures. This approach ...
Verint Systems recently announced the acquisition of Telligent, a leading provider of software for customer support and digital marketing communities. Communities represent yet another channel for companies to communicate with their customers and employees, extending the vision of the omnichannel ...
Leaves are turning green; lawns are springing back to life, flowers blooming. This can mean only one thing--contact center industry awards season! This is our Oscars, our time to shine, our opportunity to recognize and congratulate ourselves for doing what it is that we do. For me it’s time to ...
In the interest of full disclosure, let me make it clear up-front that I am a huge fan of surveys. Surveys are a big part of my work at Saddletree Research and are essential to the work I do with the National Association of Call Centers (NACC) at The University of Southern Mississippi. For example, ...
Every once in a while something comes along in the contact center industry that makes you scratch your head and wonder why it took so long. Speech analytics comes to mind as a good example of this phenomenon. With tens of thousands of recorded customer conversations sitting in storage, why did it ...
As markets change, whether in response to challenging economic circumstances or through natural business evolution, the characteristics of that market change with them. For example, the cellular communications market, once characterized by high prices that kept all but those with a generous expense ...

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