Ventana Research Launches Next Generation Workforce Optimization for Customer Service Benchmark Research
New research will assess how customer service use applications and technology to empower their agents to effectively handle multi-channel customer interactions

SAN RAMON, CA, December 12, 2012 - Ventana Research will begin its latest Benchmark Research on Next Generation Workforce Optimization. The firm has embarked on this benchmark research to evaluate the current methods for how customer service agents handle customer interactions, how applications and technology are used to support agents and best practices for improvements in customer experience.

In the last two decades, contact centers have evolved into thehub for customer interactions and relationships. They now support multi-channel, multi-interaction, multi-stage customer communications. To be able to handle the volume and complexity of these new models, next generation technologies need to be implemented to support efficient and consistent interactions.

The research will examine how organizations can better support customer service agents to improve customer satisfaction. It will also assess how processes are performed to support agent training and coaching both inside and outside the contact center, how agent performance is monitored and assessed and what steps have been taken to ensure the most qualified agents are handling each interaction.

"Innovative technology has emerged at a rapid pace in the last decade, changing the way the contact center operates." said RichardSnow, VP and Research Director of Ventana Research. "We designed this new benchmark to investigate how agents in customer service best perform their role in the most efficient and results-oriented fashion. The research will provide education and a comprehensive set of best practices to help organizations improve customer satisfaction."

To learn more about Next Generation Workforce Optimization or participate in the research, please visit: www.ventanaresearch.com/NGWFO. Ventana Research, a leading business technology research and advisory services firm, provides qualified research participants with a financial incentive, complimentary report and presentation of the research findings as well as access to a free educational webinar on key findings from the Next Generation Workforce Optimization benchmark research.

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