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Avaya announces new initiatives for mid-size contact center market.

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Basking Ridge/New Jersey, May 30 (ANI/Business Wire India): Avaya Inc. today announced new initiatives related to its flagship contact center solution for mid-size businesses - Avaya Contact Center Express - that enable organizations to deploy the sophisticated customer service capabilities of larger businesses in a simplified, fully-integrated and more cost-effective cost-effective,
n the minimal expenditure of dollars, time, and other elements necessary to achieve the health care result deemed necessary and appropriate.

Avaya, a leader in business communications applications, systems and services, acquired Agile ag·ile  
1. Characterized by quickness, lightness, and ease of movement; nimble.

2. Mentally quick or alert: an agile mind.
 Software NZ Limited, the developer of the Avaya Contact Center Express solution. With this agreement, Avaya gains full ownership of Avaya Contact Center Express, which will help enable the company and its partners to accelerate their growth in the mid-market space.

Avaya also released Avaya Contact Center Express 4.0, the latest version of its mid-market contact center solution. This new release provides users with a host of advanced multimedia, reporting and self-service capabilities designed to enhance customer service and agent productivity for mid-size companies or divisions of large organizations.

Mid-size companies face a unique set of customer service challenges since they have a fraction of the agents, administrators and budgets of larger businesses - yet may still require a more sophisticated set of features and services.

Avaya's acquisition of Agile Software will help the mid-size customers of Avaya Contact Center Express overcome these challenges and improve contact center operations through a fully-integrated solution delivering more capabilities, easier installation, and a simplified migration path.

"Our acquisition of Agile Software - and the evolution of Avaya Contact Center Express - reinforces our strong commitment to the mid-market contact center space," said Anthony Bartolo, general manager, Integrated Office and Contact Center Communications. "Combining the expertise of Agile Software and Avaya will enable us to deliver more new and innovative solutions to our mid-market customers."

New Avaya Contact Center Express 4.0 Capabilities

The "out of the box" Avaya Contact Center Express solution provides mid-size businesses with features such as a unified desktop display, advanced multimedia tools, and integration to leading CRM (Customer Relationship Management) An integrated information system that is used to plan, schedule and control the presales and postsales activities in an organization.  software including Microsoft DynamicsT CRM. The solution is powered by Avaya AuraT Communication Manager, the company's voice and video telephony See videophone.  software delivering next-generation business communications.

New capabilities of Avaya Contact Center Express 4.0 include:

Enhanced Reporting: Enhanced multimedia performance reporting on real-time 1. real-time - Describes an application which requires a program to respond to stimuli within some small upper limit of response time (typically milli- or microseconds). Process control at a chemical plant is the classic example.  and historical activity in a contact center environment. Voice reporting is also added to existing e-mail and IM reporting, enabling companies to gain the robust reporting required for top-tier customer service. Users can choose from a range of standard reports or use custom reporting tools to create reports tailored to their specific needs

Speech Self-Service Improvements: Integration with Avaya Voice Portal An interactive voice response (IVR) front end to a data retrieval system. This does not differ in core technology from traditional IVR; rather, the difference is in the application presented. Where old-style IVR was mostly a routing application (press 1 for sales, 2 for service, etc.  - the award-winning platform for automated au·to·mate  
v. au·to·mat·ed, au·to·mat·ing, au·to·mates
1. To convert to automatic operation: automate a factory.

 voice, speech self-service and video customer care - provides seamless self and assisted service offerings

More Automated Features: More automated capabilities used by large contact centers are extended to the mid-market space. For example, a "Customer Requested Callback An authentication technique that calls the sender back. After connection is made, the receiving side breaks the connection and calls the sender to ensure that the logon was made from the authorized computer. Callback prevents a stolen ID and password from being used on a different machine. " feature lets customers who cannot hold on the line to request a callback, automatically scheduling a return call from an agent

Free and Clear Uses Avaya Contact Center Express For Personalized per·son·al·ize  
tr.v. per·son·al·ized, per·son·al·iz·ing, per·son·al·iz·es
1. To take (a general remark or characterization) in a personal manner.

2. To attribute human or personal qualities to; personify.

Avaya Contact Center Express has been installed by many companies worldwide, including Seattle, WA.-based Free and Clear(c), Inc., the healthy behaviors company. Free and Clear had specific needs to address in creating a customer service operation that among other activities, could help patients quit tobacco use by scheduling "quit smoking" dates and providing supportive counseling via the phone. Avaya Contact Center Express provided an integrated platform for inbound in·bound 1  
Bound inward; incoming: inbound commuter traffic.

Adj. 1. inbound
 and outbound out·bound  
Outward bound; headed away: outbound trains.

Adj. 1. outbound - that is going out or leaving; "the departing train"; "an outward journey"; "outward-bound ships"
 customer service that easily evolves as Free and Clear grows.

"Avaya's mid-size solution is ideal for our current and future needs," said Leif Haslund, telecom manager at Free and Clear.

"It provides an effective way to deliver personalized, professional treatment to customers across 18 states. We currently have 2 contact centers with more than 300 agents, and as we expand, we're confident Avaya Contact Center Express will help us do so with ease and agility." (ANI)

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