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Paul Stockford - Chief Analyst, Saddletree Research
In 2018, the contact center industry will be all about automation. The groundswell of interest in automating many of the traditionally routine tasks in the contact center is creating a substantial impact on both employee engagement and the customer experience, and we expect this automation ...
I don’t think I’ll surprise anyone by saying that, as an industry, we sometimes tend to get a bit ahead of ourselves. Vendors try to offer products to a market that’s not ready for them, and buyers may postpone purchases of solutions today in favor of waiting for technologies and products that are ...
In my previous blog post, I discussed the rise to prominence of employee engagement in today’s contact center industry. As a reminder, 82 percent of participants in Saddletree Research’s recent survey of end-users ranked employee engagement as a highly important component of their contact center ...
At the end of 2016, I conducted 20 interviews with customer service professionals who were members of the National Association of Call Centers (NACC).  The NACC is a 503(c)(6) not-for-profit membership organization based at Middle Tennessee State University. I work under contract as research ...
Just about everyone knows that the word “Aloha” is a Hawaiian language word that has a number of meanings. Aloha can mean “Hello” and it can mean “Goodbye.” Aloha can also mean “Love.”  Not many people know, however, that the literal meaning of Aloha is “the presence of breath” or “the breath of ...
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 ...

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