mandag 5. april 2010 builds MicroStrategy’s BI tools into cloud-based phone system

Interactive voice response, or IVR, is the technology companies to build phone systems that handle customers’ calls much more cheaply than human operators. Like most information technology, it’s moved over the years from standalone hardware, to custom-built rack-mounted servers, and now to cloud systems that could be anything, anywhere.
This morning, IVR vendor announced that the company has beefed up its cloud-based system with business intelligence tools from Angel’s parent company, MicroStrategy, a huge BI firm founded in 1989 and headquartered in McLean, Virginia. MicroStrategy went public in 1998, and spun off in 1999.
In short, MicroStrategy’s BI tools will let customers analyze their IVR systems and optimize them on the fly to improve customer satisfaction and reduce costs. It’s another example of cloud technology letting two companies hook up their products to wring new benefits. President and COO Dave Rennyson explained the company’s new tools in a phone interview. The MicroStrategy tools, dubbed Caller First in Angel’s system, brings several BI tools to bear on phone menus. Colorful, customizable dashboards track hang-ups, visits, time spent on a page, and other indicators of trouble spots.
The system measures and tracks how many callers hung up, how many punched 0 for an operator, and how many completed a call session without trouble indicators. IVR administrators can view the paths callers take through the system to identify entry and exit points, which areas are hit most frequently, and which cause people to hang up. Because the reports are integrated with the call system, Rennyson said, it’s possible to configure a phone menu, push it live to customers, get feedback on what works and what doesn’t, and make improvements the same day.
Admins can listen to recorded calls, too. “It’s amazing to listen to those calls, to hear what people are saying,” Rennyson said. “You get to hear the problems they’re having.”
Companies:, MicroStrategy
People: Dave Rennyson

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