It’s a smart digital world. Let’s build it together.

Technology advances are changing our world dramatically … at lightning speed. Today, we live in a world of endless possibilities, one where connections are made in a second and access to all the content we could ever imagine is at our fingertips, 24/7. In a new Avaya video, I have the privilege of explaining the Smart Digital World and what we’re doing to embrace and shape our digital future.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt a pull towards technology. As a kid, I was a tinkerer. I worked in my mother’s 5-10-15 (what we’d call a dollar store today) and, occasionally, if I did my job well, she’d let me pick out a toy. But I was never content to just play with the toy. No, I needed to know how it worked, which meant taking it apart and putting it back together again.

I still love taking things apart, but now I’m compelled to figure out how to make them better. Couple this with my love for sports and activities that get the adrenaline flowing, and it should come as no surprise I’m in the most exciting industry today, one that moves and changes at the speed of light and breathes life into smart technologies people could hardly imagine even five years ago, let alone 10 or 20!

Of course, every organization, across every industry, is now coping with how to keep up not only with technology changes, but also with changing business needs. Companies need to be able to adapt quickly … seamlessly … smartly … to meet the needs of their customers.

The digitalization of organizations is a global reality, and it’s giving rise to more unique, industry-specific needs than ever before. That’s what makes this the right time for the Avaya Smart Digital World, a framework for smart vertical solutions. It’s all based on a secure and automated foundation with the SDN FxTM architecture together with the agility of our Avaya BreezeTM platform—a perfect environment for productive tinkering. This combination gives organizations in virtually any industry the power to quickly and easily deliver better experiences and better outcomes for end users—for more efficient and effective patient care, for faster emergency response that saves more lives, for a more engaging and safer learning experience. I recently discussed an exciting vision for the smart campus in a Huffington Post blog.

My adrenaline still gets pumping every time I get to talk about this with customers and see their reactions as they realize that the possibilities for customer experience are limited only by the imagination. No other competitors can do for businesses what we do today.

It’s a smart digital world. Let’s build it together.

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Verbio Brings Voice Biometrics to Avaya Breeze™

If you’ve been following the Avaya Connected Blog in recent weeks, hopefully you’ve read about the changes Avaya expects to see in Customer Engagement as we roll out the Avaya Oceana™ Solution, a contact center suite for the digital age.

And perhaps you’ve read how Avaya Oceana is built upon the flexible platform of Avaya Breeze™, which offers extensibility through a Snap-in architecture, creating new opportunities to extend and customize customer and team engagement interactions further.

I’ve previously highlighted how some of our DevConnect Technology Partners are leveraging the Avaya Breeze Platform to do just that, and I’m happy to add Verbio to the growing list of value-added Snap-in vendors.

I had the opportunity recently to speak with Piergiorgio Vittori, who heads up Americas Sales and Global Partnership opportunities for Verbio, as they recently completed DevConnect Compliance Testing of their Verbio Voice Authentication Snap-in for Avaya Breeze. Piergiorgio indicated that it took “about two months, end to end” to bring this voice biometric solution to market, “including design and requirements, programming, testing, demos, tuning, and documentation.”

I daresay that there aren’t many ways to bring out a flexible, biometric-based capability set in that short of a timeframe, which I offer up as a tremendous proof point for how Avaya Breeze really simplifies key aspects of application and communication services integration.

Verbio’s solution, which couples a Breeze-based Snap-in with their core SaaS-based biometrics capabilities, extends the speech search and ASR/TTS capabilities inherent with Avaya Breeze to a new level of speech capabilities, while maintaining a consistent and familiar type of request and error handling methods to be leveraged by other application developers. The Snap-in itself simplifies many of the tasks associated with passing data to the Verbio engine, acting as a sort of Verbio-proxy for application developers already working in an Avaya Breeze environment.

Voice Biometrics has a number of potential use cases, especially when it comes to automated events and actions. From a security perspective the use of voice biometrics can help ward off social engineering hacks, while its application in contact center domains can increase agent utilization and reduce overall call time by eliminating the need to verify a specific users’ identity through numerous Q&A interactions. In this latter case, a users’ voiceprint can very much act like their conclusive identification.

Enterprises and contact center (or even public safety concerns) can further leverage voice biometric analytical capabilities as an emotion detector to determine whether the validity of the users request is being influenced by stress or emotional status.

All of which makes a great proof point for the power of Avaya Breeze in helping to transform how our customers conduct business in this digital age.

Advanced Techniques for Writing Avaya Breeze Snap-ins Using Engagement Designer—Part Five

All things good and bad must come to an end and so it is with both sadness and relief that I am closing out my series of Advanced Avaya Breeze™ videos.

Combined with my series of introductory videos, I’ve shown you how to create Avaya Snap-ins that process calls, emails, and SMS text messages. I’ve reached out to cloud services from Snap-ins and invoked Snap-ins from cloud services. I’ve created Snap-ins with decision logic, voice announcements, and JavaScript functions.

As a fitting end to my video tutorials, I will now show you how to debug your Snap-ins. It would be great if everything worked exactly as it should, but as we all know, Murphy has a way of stepping in and turning success into frustration and embarrassment. By using the many debugging tools that Breeze supports, Snap-in developers can catch and fix mistakes well before they manifest themselves in production.

To start viewing my videos from the beginning watch the introductory series.

Continue with the advanced series:
Part 1: Error Processing and Boundary Events
Part 2: Breeze Connectors
Part 3: SMS Text, Email, and Parallel Gateways
Part 4: Adding JavaScript Functions to Snap-ins
Part 5: Debugging your Snap-ins

Andrew Prokop is the Director of Vertical Industries at Arrow Systems Integration. Andrew is an active blogger and his widely-read blog, SIP Adventures, discusses every imaginable topic in the world of unified communications. Follow Andrew on Twitter at @ajprokop, and read his blog, SIP Adventures.

Avaya Oceana: Riding the Next Wave in Customer Experience

Earlier this month, the CFI Group, which issues the annual American Customer Satisfaction Index, issued the Contact Center Satisfaction Index (CCSI). Here are some of the key findings:

  • The index shows a four-point decrease in customer satisfaction from 2015 to 2016, sliding to the lowest score in the nine-year history of the report.
  • Difficulties are driven by the ability (or lack of) to quickly and effectively solve customer issues: Only 52% of contacts were resolved on the first contact and a third could not successfully self-serve through the IVR system.
  • Millennials have higher expectations for service than those 45+ perhaps largely due to their sense of immediacy and highly digital, multi-modal nature.

Bottom line: The CCSI news isn’t good regarding contact centers’ ability to deliver an excellent experience. And that results in reduced revenues for your business as customers go elsewhere to satisfy their needs.

From our point of view … the timing couldn’t be better. Here’s why: Avaya Oceana just went generally available.

As long-time leaders in customer experience technologies, we know there are two critical points of opposition underlying the findings of the recent CCSI report. One is that consumer technologies and customer expectations change at an ever-increasing pace—even more so for millennials—your next generation of disposable income. This change is so rapid that some business technologies can be nearly obsolete before fully implemented. Second, because of this rapid pace of change, enterprises often hesitate to commit to new technologies that may disrupt a precariously-built, but functional operation—many of which resemble a Jenga stack whereby if one piece is touched the whole shebang comes tumbling down.

There’s a third factor that’s worth mentioning: traditional contact center technologies have been rigid, highly complex solutions, making changes to deployed systems difficult at best. Over time, what may be left as a result are ancient artifacts of routing patterns, complex integrations, and more that—at minimum—slow responses to potentially already frustrated customers.

Avaya Oceana to the rescue! Oceana simplifies that with a flexible, software-based solution that can negate those opposing forces. Suddenly, aligning customer needs and business strategies is as easy as drag and drop, so changes can be made without the traditional hold-your-breath-and-see-what-happens approach that causes migraines and drives significant resource requirements. The easy-to-use, self-adjusting system knows how—and in many cases, why—the customer is reaching out, managing proactive, self service and assisted service as a single thread.

Intelligence gleaned via Oceanalytics can be automatically applied and visually reported to those who need to know, who can also make immediate changes in the workflow pattern without esoteric programming requirements.

What’s more? Since Avaya Oceana is built on Avaya Breeze™ Platform, companies have massive flexibility to quickly customize their approach to customer experience—again with simplicity and ease through the development tools or pre-made Snap-ins from the Avaya Snapp Store.

The end game? To deliver the best experience possible every time in the course of a transaction or in the relationship overall.

While much of the magic of Oceana is behind the scenes, essentially, the solution enables companies to fully realize the omnichannel experience that many talk about and few truly deliver.

Experience is everything—Avaya Oceana enables proactive, persistent, contextual highly personalized experiences. The kind of experience even a millennial could love.

Watch the Avaya Oceana video.