Alliance Data and NICE Receive Ventana Research 2011 Operational Leadership Award, Recognizing Success in Business and Technology


April 23, 2012

Alliance Data’s Retail Services Business Recognized for Driving Innovation, Improvement in Customer Care Quality, Client Support in the Customer Care Center via Partnership with NICE Customer Service Solutions

Ra’anana, Israel, April, 23, 2012—NICE (NASDAQ: NICE) today announced that the company, along with its customer Alliance Data Retail Services, a leading provider of marketing-driven credit solutions for some of today’s leading retail brands,was recently recognized by the Ventana Research 2011 Leadership Awards in the Contact Center & Call Center category. Alliance Data was recognized for the company’s innovative use of customer service solutions provided by NICE to proactively identify trends and opportunities to further improve the experience for its clients’ private label credit card holders calling into Alliance Data customer care centers.

The award, in its sixth year, recognizes businesses and their associated technology vendors for most effectively achieving success through capitalizing on the combination of people, processes, information and technology, and applying best practices within specific business and technology categories.

“Alliance Data has demonstrated its commitment to delivering the best possible quality in customer and client service by successfully incorporating technology that helps the company meet those objectives,” said Mark Smith, CEO and chief research officer, Ventana Research. “From our purview as a leading research and business technology advisory services firm, we’re pleased to recognize Alliance Data and its partnership with NICE for the company’s distinguished use of best practices in implementing technology to further its business objectives.”

Alliance Data was recognized for making advancements to its customer care center operations by enhancing the use of quality management and analytic processes and tools. The company leverages tools from NICE Solutions to apply analytics to up to 100 percent of the calls to their contact center, while also significantly improving the accuracy of call categorization even during increased call volumes.

“As an organization continuously focused on providing an exceptionally positive experience to our clients’ customers, we are committed to investing in call center technology that takes us to the next level of best-in-class customer care and client support,” said Sallie Komitor, vice president of call center operations for Alliance Data. “NICE solutions have significantly increased our quality monitoring and feedback capabilities as well as our ability to leverage analytics that not only improve the customer experience, but also allows us to capture and share richer insight with our clients regarding their specific customers’ needs.”

Yochai Rozenblat, president of NICE Americas added, “We’re honored to be recognized alongside Alliance Data for this prestigious award. We’re proud of our partnership with Alliance Data and strongly believe that they offer an excellent example of how an organization can leverage outstanding solutions for great business value.”

About NICE SystemsNICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE), is the worldwide leader of intent-based solutions that capture and analyze interactions and transactions, realize intent, and extract and leverage insights to deliver impact in real time. Driven by cross-channel and multi-sensor analytics, NICE solutions enable organizations to improve business performance, increase operational efficiency, prevent financial crime, ensure compliance, and enhance safety and security. NICE serves over 25,000 organizations in the enterprise and security sectors, representing a variety of sizes and industries in more than 150 countries, and including over 80 of the Fortune 100 companies.

The NICE Enterpriseoffering enables organizations to impact every customer interaction with targeted solutions for enhancing the customer experience, increasing service-to-sales revenue, streamlining operational efficiency, and complying to policies and regulations. Driven by real-time, cross-channel analytics – including speech analytics, text analytics, feedback analytics, web, and social media analytics – and coupled with real-time decisioning and guidance, NICE Enterprise solutions are implemented by contact centers of all sizes, branch networks, retail stores, trading floors, and back office operations.

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About Alliance Data
Alliance Data® (NYSE:ADS) and its combined businesses is North America’s largest and most comprehensive provider of transaction-based, data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving large, consumer-based industries. The Company creates and deploys customized solutions, enhancing the critical customer marketing experience; the result is measurably changing consumer behavior while driving business growth and profitability for some of today’s most recognizable brands. Alliance Data helps its clients create and increase customer loyalty through solutions that engage millions of customers each day across multiple touch points using traditional, digital, mobile and other emerging technologies. Headquartered in Dallas, Alliance Data employs approximately 8,500 associates at more than 50 locations worldwide.

Alliance Data is a leading provider of marketing-driven credit solutions, and is the parent company of Epsilon®, a leading provider of multi-channel, data-driven technologies and marketing services, and LoyaltyOne®, which owns and operates the AIR MILES® Reward Program, Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program. For more information about the company, visit our web site,, or you can follow us on Twitter at

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