What is a Cloud Contact Center?

A contact center is a customer service function that handles customer contacts using more than one channel, which can include phone, email, chat, text messaging, and social media. A cloud contact center has its core contact center technology hosted by a third party, utilizing cloud computing. Commonly hosted applications include automatic call distributors (ACDs), which are responsible for routing contacts, and interactive voice response (IVR) systems, which greet callers and facilitate self-service. Cloud contact centers can also use hosted solutions for workforce management, analytics, customer relationship management (CRM), training management, and more.

With the addition of digital channels, workforce management, advanced analytics and more, contact centers have evolved from legacy, limited purpose call centers. In addition, newer contact centers are now cloud-based, making them even more powerful and affordable.

Benefits of being a cloud contact center

There are a variety of reasons organizations choose to use cloud-based solutions for their contact centers. Here are just a few of the benefits:

- Workforce flexibility - Cloud-based software is accessible to anyone with a computer and a good internet connection. This means cloud contact center agents can work from home, which allows organizations to tap into broader labor markets and eliminates the commute for their agents.

- Scales easily - Many businesses, especially retailers, have significant seasonal fluctuations in contact volume, which leads to peaks and valleys in staffing levels. Cloud contact centers are able to scale up and down easily and they only pay for the seats they're using.

- Lower cost of ownership – Organizations using a cloud contact center no longer have to worry about installing software updates, buying new hardware, fighting hacking attempts or hiring system administrators. All of that is handled by the cloud provider, allowing the organization to focus on delivering exceptional customer service.

How NICE is Redefining Customer Experience

NICE CXone is the industry’s only interaction-centric platform where channels, data, applications, and knowledge converge to improve customer experience at scale.

It is the leading, most complete and unified CX Platform on the market, used by thousands of organizations of all sizes around the world to help them consistently deliver exceptional customer experiences. CXone is a cloud native, unified suite of applications designed to help you holistically run your call (or contact) center operations.

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