SOURCE: Aspect

November 12, 2009 08:00 ET

Aspect Delivers New IT-Ready Quality Management Capabilities in Productive Workforce UC Application

General Availability of PerformanceEdge® Quality Management 3.0 Provides Cradle-to-Grave Interaction Tracking, Enhanced Alerting, Redundancy, System Management, Security, and Outsourcing Features

CHELMSFORD, MA--(Marketwire - November 12, 2009) - Aspect, a unified communications (UC) solutions provider, today announced the general availability of new quality management features in its Productive Workforce™ unified communications application for the contact center. PerformanceEdge® Quality Management 3.0 offers a number of features for improved business processes across multiple agents, sites and platforms. New capabilities provide cradle-to-grave interaction tracking, enhanced security and compliance, improved alerting, redundancy, system management, and increased features for outsourcers, allowing for full-time call logging and quality recording in mid- to large-sized call centers. The new features add significant value to Productive Workforce, enabling companies to leverage robust, scalable quality management functionality with leading workforce management and performance management capabilities.

"Quality management is a mission-critical function that provides insights into agent, departmental and enterprise performance," said Donna Fluss, president, DMG Consulting. "Supporting the quality management function with feature-rich applications helps contact center managers deliver on their two top goals: providing an outstanding customer experience and increasing agent productivity. With the new quality management capabilities within Productive Workforce, Aspect has taken significant steps towards delivering a more functionally-rich and PCI-compliant quality management solution."

"The newest quality management features of Productive Workforce are helping us improve the quality and consistency of our customer interactions," said Demetric Anamateros, vice president of sales and customer service, RCN. "Having the ability to monitor agent audio and screens in real-time as well as record the interaction on-demand helps us gain greater insight and control over the level of service we're providing, which is critical to our customer care strategies. New system management features such as enhanced encryption and advanced archiving will allow us to ensure recording security while providing ease of administration. Aspect has continued to deliver the capabilities we've needed to pinpoint areas for improvement in our contact center operations and ultimately improve customer satisfaction."

The new capabilities of PerformanceEdge Quality Management 3.0 include:

--  Security and PCI compliance capabilities - Companies that require
    increased security and payment card industry (PCI) compliance, such as
    financial services organizations, can leverage PerformanceEdge Quality
    Management features like enhanced encryption for secure transmission of
    recordings over the network and in storage.  This includes functionality
    such as auto-generation of encryption keys and customer-provided key input
    in addition to audit trail reporting and automatic pause/resume
    functionality to prevent recording sensitive data (e.g. payment
--  Scalable architecture for enterprise contact centers - Mid- to large-
    sized call centers can record and monitor multichannel interactions across
    several locations for thousands of agents and also leverage an enterprise
    multisite option for centralized searching and administration.
--  True "cradle-to-grave" recording of customer interactions - Speech
    self service interactions can now be recorded in addition to agent-customer
    conversations and "tied" together for ease of playback providing additional
    insight into total contact quality and agent performance.
--  Improved agent management capabilities - Supervisors can leverage live
    monitoring of agent audio and screens for quality and training purposes as
    well as for real-time assistance during a customer interaction. Supervisors
    also have the ability to go from live monitoring to ad-hoc recording with a
    click of the mouse. The solution also offers expanded coaching capabilities
    and advanced scorecard features for improved performance management and
    training opportunities.
--  Outsourcer recording features - Outsourcer clients can access
    recordings of interactions by team, port or skill via secure partitioning
    features. Audio and screens for all outsourced agents, including outside
    the firewall, can be recorded and monitored.
--  Enhanced redundancy and alerting - Additional redundancy capabilities
    now ensure business continuity, as well as advanced error trapping
    capabilities for enabling proactive system monitoring and alerting.
--  New integrations to third party platforms and back-office recording -
    Companies can leverage recording of calls, screens, emails and chats
    outside the call center on a number of third-party platforms.

"Our customers continue to discuss the importance of quality management capabilities that can easily be implemented in today's enterprise architectures to improve customer interactions and ensure high levels of security. These requirements address the needs of our biggest customers including both outsourcers and large-scale contact centers," said Andy Bezaitis, senior vice president of product management, Aspect. "The quality management capabilities of Productive Workforce will help our customers gain even broader insight into interactions in the call center and a deeper understanding of enterprise communication processes. The knowledge gleaned from these recordings will be critical for organizations to improve multichannel communications in the enterprise and leverage UC to gain a competitive advantage."

About Unified Communications Applications for the Contact Center

Unified communications (UC) applications for the contact center use software to target operational objectives with specific capabilities from the Aspect® Unified IP® and PerformanceEdge® platform products. The applications deliver inbound routing, outbound dialing, voice portal and Internet contact, workforce management, performance management, campaign optimization, recording and eLearning capabilities to help organizations enhance customer service, collections and sales and telemarketing business processes. Unified communications applications include Blended Interaction™, Seamless Customer Service™, Productive Workforce™, Streamlined Collections™, and Optimized Collections™.

About Aspect

Aspect provides software and consulting services that turn the potential of unified communications into real business results across the enterprise and in the contact center. Applying 35 years of insight and experience, Aspect helps more than two-thirds of the FORTUNE Global 100, as well as small and medium enterprises, power their business processes with communications. For more information, visit

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