Sky Selects NICE to Enhance Customer Experience and Operational Efficiency

Sky will use a joint NICE-Silver Lining workforce optimization solution to more effectively manage its multi-site, multi-skill, contact center environment

July 24, 2013

RA’ANANA, ISRAEL, July 24, 2013, NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE) today announced that it has been selected by Sky (BSkyB) to further enhance customer experience and improve operational efficiency. Sky will utilize a joint NICE-Silver Lining workforce optimization (WFO) solution to more effectively manage its multi-skilled workforce in order to provide outstanding customer service, drive optimal business results, and reduce costs.

“Sky is making significant investments in workforce optimization technologies to further improve our great customer service and which will deliver a compelling return on investment,” said Andy Webster; Head of Contact Design and Service Delivery at Sky. “We are confident that the combined offering from NICE and Silver Lining Solutions will help us extend our leadership in customer service.”

Sky is among the leading UK home entertainment and communications companies and runs one of the largest contact center operations in the UK. The offering will provide the most complete visibility into actual agent activity and skill gaps for over 7,500 customer-facing employees. Using this performance data, the company can create, manage, and enhance tailored training plans at scale. It can also ensure that agents are able to quickly and easily access information needed during real-time customer interactions.

The solution comprises the following innovative technologies:

  • NICE IEX Workforce Management helps to forecast staffing needs, schedule agents, and effectively manage daily changes in Sky’s complex multi-site, multi-skilled call center environment;
  • NICE Real-Time Activity Monitoring provides visibility into employee desktop activities, identifying process inefficiencies as well as best practices for improving productivity.
  • Silver Lining Solutions’ Optimizer highlights skill gaps at an individual level, allowing Sky to create personalized training plans for each employee;
  • Silver Lining Solutions’ Planner enables the automatic scheduling and management of these training plans for individual employees based on performance.

“We are pleased to play an important role in helping Sky achieve its business goals,” said Benny Einhorn, President EMEA and Chief Marketing Officer at NICE. “While Sky has a rich and diverse product set, we were able to offer them a unified WFM and skills management strategic solution. The adoption of our solution by a major UK communications company strongly supports the value of our offering in providing scalable, multi-channel workforce optimization capabilities.”

About BSkyB

Sky operates the most comprehensive multi-channel, multi-platform television service in the UK and Ireland. Over 10.3 million households across the UK and Ireland enjoy an unprecedented choice of movies, news, entertainment, arts and sports channels.

About Silver Lining Solutions

Silver Lining Solutions is a leader in performance optimization. Leading companies around the world use Silver Lining’s unique solutions to transform the customer experience and achieve step change improvements in sales performance, customer experience and operational efficiencies. Operating since 2001, the company is headquartered in Birmingham, UK, with offices in Asia Pacific and the United States. In 2009, Silver Lining Solutions received the prestigious award for 'Best Product' at the Call Centre & Customer Management Expo.

About NICE Systems

NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE) is the worldwide leading provider of software solutions that enable organizations to take the next best action in order to improve customer experience and business results, ensure compliance, fight financial crime, and safeguard people and assets. NICE’s solutions empower organizations to capture, analyze, and apply, in real time, insights from both structured and unstructured Big Data. This data comes from multiple sources, including phone calls, mobile apps, emails, chat, social media, video, and transactions. NICE solutions are used by over 25,000 organizations in more than 150 countries, including over 80 of the Fortune 100 companies.

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