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Riding the 3 Waves Through the Holidays

As many of you know, the term “Black Friday” is commonly used to describe the Friday immediately after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday--the busy shopping day when many retailers begin to turn a profit for the year. Black Friday signals the start of the holiday shopping season, with its accompanying surge in the need for customer support. We can all think of examples of the latter: the frantic web searches to get our childrens’ gifts working properly, the calls to return a sweater that was the wrong size--sound familiar?

The holiday season is the acid-test of customer care in many industries. Businesses that fail the test will lose customers--often in droves--while those who delight their customers can surge ahead of the competition.

So how can businesses succeed--and excel--in providing world-class customer service even during this most challenging of seasons? The answer lies in properly leveraging the 3 Waves of Customer Care:  Cost, Relationship, and Experience. You can read about the details in this Read More »

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Valued Partner Ecosystem is Key in Quest to be #1 in Customer Collaboration

In today’s changing marketplace, Cisco continues to invest in an aggressive plan to become the #1 vendor in contact center. In the last year, we’ve made huge gains toward this milestone, with Cisco ranked as the #1 worldwide IVR vendor by a wide margin. And in the last four years, Cisco has closed the market share gap on Avaya/Nortel by nearly 23 points worldwide and by over 33 points in North America.

On our march towards #1, our valued partner ecosystem plays a crucial role. When customers choose Cisco Customer Collaboration solutions, they base their choice not only on our innovative products, but also on their ability to collaborate with established Cisco partners who have a wealth of experience in the contact center market and our solutions. By partnering with Cisco, Cisco channel partners are able to provide customers tremendous value add services, including sales and technical support.

Cisco is continuing to invest heavily in training, supporting and growing our partner ecosystem.  And the investment is clearly paying off.  Read More »

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Cisco Announces New Cloud Collaboration Capabilities and Deployment Options

In meeting with customers and partners, I hear repeatedly how key market transitions – mobility fueled by the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, cloud as a delivery model and the pervasive use of video – are dramatically shifting how organizations communicate and collaborate, both internally and externally.  They want to collaborate from anywhere, at anytime, and on any device — with a superior user experience. For maximum business benefit, they want to accelerate collaboration services across their organization. They want options and they need agility.

Today, Cisco unveiled multiple enhancements to our Cisco Collaboration portfolio — delivered via public, private, hosted/managed cloud models — that provide customers access to an expanded set of market-leading collaboration offerings.  Customers have greater choice in how they deploy collaboration offerings based on their specific needs or requirements.  They also have new options for accelerating collaboration across their business quickly, securely, and reliably. Read More »

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Cisco is the World’s #1 Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Vendor

As we announced at the recent Customer Collaboration Partner Sales Summit, the latest independent industry report from market analyst Tern shows that Cisco is the #1 interactive voice response (IVR) vendor by a wide margin, with over 41% market share compared to just 16% for #2 Genesys and less than 13% for #3 Avaya/Nortel.  Cisco enjoyed over 30% growth in our IVR business from CY2010 to CY2011, compared to just 4% for Genesys and 3% for Avaya.

These fantastic results are a testament to Read More »

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Streamlining Customer Collaboration

One of the best aspects of my job is the opportunity to meet with customers, partners, and analysts--not just to talk about our industry-leading products, but even more importantly, to listen.  One of the consistent messages I’ve received in recent years is the need for all contact center vendors to streamline and simplify their products, which is why I’m so excited about our recent 9.0 release of Customer Collaboration.  The 9.0 release introduces exciting new features and functionality with an overarching theme – keep it simple. Read More »

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