Enhancing the Agility of Customer Information Systems in Utilities

Customer information system (CIS) projects in the utilities industry have earned a reputation for being disruptive to business, very expensive, and always behind schedule. As a mission-critical cash register for utilities, it pays to examine CIS more closely. Learn about the perspectives on strategic CIS assessment frameworks and how a structured solution can help you improve the agility of CIS without a huge investment.

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11 Criteria for Selecting the Best ERP System Replacement

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is your information backbone, reaching into all areas of your business and value chain. That’s why replacing it can open unlimited business opportunities. The cornerstone of this effort is finding the right partner. And since your long-term business strategy will shape your selection, it’s critical that your ERP provider be part of your vision. Read More

When Customers Call, and They Will, Will Your IVR Be Ready?

Reports have indicated that more and more customers are using online and other self-service tools to resolve issues. That said, analysts are not predicting that call volumes will be dropping significantly. This means that interactive voice response (IVR) technology can still be crucial to a company’s customer experience.

This report from Frost & Sullivan looks at what customers dislike about and require from IVR systems. It presents the case that some customers reject calling as a method... Read More

Enriching Your Customer Experience with Proactive Customer Communications

Proactive customer communications (PCC) is any outbound communications solution that delivers proactive notifications, alerts, or other messages. Done right, PCC turns often-dreaded telemarketing calls or ignored direct mail into important alerts and updates.

Today, PCC is being used across industries, including financial services, telecom and utilities, travel and hospitality, healthcare, retail, and pharmaceuticals. PCC can help businesses in many industries and of all sizes deliver greater... Read More

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