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AltiGen Communications, Inc., a leading provider of Microsoft-based Unified Communications solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of MaxCS Private Cloud, a unique virtual dedicated IP PBX and Call Center managed service offering for small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs). This new solution leverages the innovative technologies of AltiGen’s MaxCS all software VoIP business communications system, which has been deployed by over 10,000 customers in more than 20 countries worldwide.
MaxCS Private Cloud is powered by AltiGen’s new MaxCS 7.0 software release, which is optimized for cloud deployment and includes the following key functionalities:
- Dynamic SaaS licensing for PBX/Contact Center features
- Support for Polycom VoIP phones behind NAT/Firewall
- Web-based Partner Portal for MaxCS Private Cloud Ordering/Management
“Unlike other hosted IP PBX or IP Centrex services that are deployed on a shared hosting platform, MaxCS Private Cloud is a unique dedicated managed service,” said David Tang, AltiGen’s Vice President of Cloud Services. “Each customer receives a full-featured IP PBX and Contact Center system, delivered as a secured virtual cloud instance from AltiGen’s scalable and resilient cloud network.”
MaxCS Private Cloud offers the following benefits for SMBs.
- Eliminates the need to invest CAPEX in a phone system
- Reduces OPEX and maintenance costs
- Lowers monthly communications costs
- Allows customization for vertical markets (e.g. Pest Control, Insurance, Financial Services) leveraging AltiGen’s flexible APIs
- MaxCS Private Cloud is sold and supported by AltiGen’s extensive authorized partner channel.
“The migration of our AltiGen phone systems in New York and Texas to MaxCS Private Cloud was seamless and painless,” said NuTravel Technology Solutions CEO Carmine Carpanzano. “We were able to reuse our existing AltiGen phones and our employees did not need retraining. We had experienced an extended power outage during Hurricane Sandy, so incorporating the disaster recovery capability of MaxCS Private Cloud was very important to us. Our local authorized AltiGen partner, Reliance Technologies, made the whole process quite easy.”
“The response from our customers to MaxCS Private Cloud has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Sunil Arora, Vice President of Reliance Technologies. “New customers as well are finding the affordable monthly subscription more attractive than an upfront purchase. The paradigm is definitely shifting.”
Whether upgrading from an existing AltiGen phone system or deploying as a first time customer, MaxCS Private Cloud will provide an easy to manage solution that reduces communications costs and lowers the total cost of ownership (TCO).
About AltiGen Communications
AltiGen Communications, Inc. (OTCQX: ATGN) is a leading provider of 100% Microsoft-based VoIP business phone systems and Unified Communications solutions. Having more than 10,000 customers around the world, AltiGen solutions are designed for high reliability, ease of use, seamless integration to Microsoft infrastructure technologies, and are built on a scalable, open standards platform. AltiGen’s worldwide headquarters is in Silicon Valley, California, with international operations based in Shanghai, China. Local sales, service and support are provided by AltiGen’s worldwide network of over 300 certified partners. For more information, call 1-888-ALTIGEN or visit the web site at www.altigen.com.
Copyright 2013 AltiGen Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Product names, logos, brands, and other trademarks featured or referred to within this press release are the property of their respective trademark holders.
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According to the British Retail Consortium, a record amount of online shopping was done in December 2013 – an increase of 19.2% in internet purchases – the fastest increase seen in four years. Here, Richard McCrossan, Strategic Business Director for Digital Channels at Genesys examines what retailers must do to embrace the growing online consumer presence.
There’s been mixed reporting about growth in sales over the Christmas period – food versus retail, in-store versus click and collect, mobile and web – but one fact has remained consistently true. Online shopping was up – with the fastest increase in four years.
John Lewis and Next both reported rising sales over the Christmas period, with both retailers particularly experiencing a big jump in online sales.
Today’s customers expect that they should be able to shop with a chosen company through any channel – whether that is picking up a mobile, going online to use social media or purchasing in store via click and collect. So retailers can no longer hide away from offering an extensive online shopping experience. We’ve seen the success it can bring to retailers who get it right, like Next and John Lewis, and Morrisons, whose sales were hit badly during the Christmas period, has in fact just unveiled its first ecommerce store – a direct response to market needs, perhaps?
Prepare your returns policy
One element to bear in mind in developing an online retail strategy is the returns process. Following the Christmas period, it’s common for three in 10 items to be returned, and if processes are in place to deal with these returns then retailers should see no increase in contact centre interactions.
Yet if retailers fail to provide easy to understand resources on their website – such as a comprehensive FAQ section – or fail to engage in proactive communications to their customers, then these returns can significantly impact traffic volumes into the contact centre.
Customer service is a huge element of retail success – online and offline
Whichever and however many channels are focused on, it’s essential that a retailer’s customer service values are mirrored across them all. Even if a luxury retailer has a good reputation for customer service in store, this must be replicated online – and through social media.
A retailer’s presence on Twitter and Facebook must be engaging, and must offer more than a standard response to all interactions regardless of their context. It’s supposed to be a 1:1 interaction, and should look as if it is.
And poor customer service can quickly can spill over into social media. Retailers need to look at how they can integrate social media into their broader customer service offering to ensure that customers who interact through social media will experience the same level of service and support which customers using traditional channels enjoy.
One view of the customer is key
A brand may be hundreds of shops with thousands of employees that sells both online and offline, but the customer sees just one company. Customers make no distinction between the online part of your business, the high street and the contact centre.
We are witnessing the rise of a generation of customers using multiple contact channels in the palm of their hand and retailers must keep up with this and be able to deliver the same consistent customer experience across all channels. Retailers need to consider the positive impact on the customer experience which would be delivered by agents having complete visibility of their customers’ interactions on one desktop view, regardless of channel. Continue reading Online sales are on the up – is your online customer service ready?
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