Welcome to the Cloud: Trends in Contact Center Technology

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Welcome to the future of contact center technology.

Welcome to the cloud.

If you’ve done research on moving your customer support operations to a virtual, cloud-based contact center, you may have heard the hype.

Can the cloud really be the greatest thing to happen to contact centers since the hands-free receiver?

It certainly looks that way.

From startups to multinational corporations, companies of all sizes are recognizing the game-changing potential of cloud-based contact centers.

And according to 2023 research from Deloitte Digital, “In the past two years alone, the number of organizations that have moved analytics, customer relationship management (CRM), knowledge management, interaction recording and workforce management systems to cloud has increased by approximately 50%.”

But wait, there’s more…

“By retiring legacy tech debt, these organizations can enable more advanced capabilities, greater scalability and superior customer experiences at a reduced cost.”

And the Deloitte study also states that, “Altogether, three in four companies will have cloud-based interactive voice response (IVR), interaction recording and CRM systems within two years. Two in three will have cloud-based automatic call distribution (ACD).”

Sounds like a trend to us.

What is a Cloud Contact Center?

Imagine an enormous room filled with rows of cubicles that stretch as far as the eye can see. Inside those cubicles are helpful people with headsets, who fill the entire room with the chatter and buzz of customer support conversations.

Cloud-based contact centers are the exact opposite of that.

A more formal definition, according to Genesys, explains that a cloud contact center is “A central point in an enterprise, hosted on an Internet server, from which all inbound and outbound customer communications are handled. Cloud contact centers make interactions through voice, email, social media and the web accessible from virtually anywhere.”

Cloud-based contact centers are replacing traditional call center buildings and equipment. The helpful people are still there, just not all in the same place.

Cloud-based call center solutions have gained significant popularity due to their flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness. Experts predict an appealing trifecta like that will have companies migrating en masse into the next decade.

"The cloud-based contact centers market size is projected to reach USD 82.43 Billion by 2030 (growing at a CAGR of 21.3%)"

- Source: GlobeNewswire/Straits Research

What are the Benefits of Cloud-Based Contact Centers?

These capabilities enable personalized and efficient customer interactions, reduced wait times, and quicker issue resolution.

Additionally, cloud solutions often incorporate advanced analytics and AI-driven features, such as sentiment analysis and speech recognition, enabling better understanding of customer needs and improved service quality.

Cloud providers invest heavily in building and maintaining secure infrastructure. They adhere to industry-leading security standards and compliance frameworks, such as ISO 27001, SOC 2, and GDPR. They implement stringent data protection measures, including encryption at rest and in transit, regular data backups, and robust access controls.

What’s the Bottom Line?

When it comes to contact centers, it’s becoming clear that the old ways of doing business are no longer sustainable.

Change is in the clouds.

"68% of contact center and CX leaders say their current technology solutions are somewhat or not at all effective in supporting digital transformation."

- Source: 8x8

Instead of struggling to keep up with evolving technology and the rising costs (and risks) of managing a traditional, in-person workforce, companies are recognizing the benefits of going virtual.

Migrating to the cloud takes a lot of daily distractions off the table and allows them to focus squarely on the experience of their customers.

A unified support platform gives them immediate access to an almost unlimited set of technologies and tools for solving problems faster and serving better.

And they recognize the transformative potential that this technology holds for their business growth, customer satisfaction, and operational efficiency.

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