Next-generation unified administration for PCCE
A unified admin console on a single pane of glass can manage the end-to-end solution, including the PCCE system and partner applications.
Enhanced Finesse user experience for agents and supervisors, including built-in productivity tools
The contemporary design and enhanced agent experience combine with the next generation of Cisco’s market-leading thin client agent desktop.
Improved back-office and front-office productivity helps to drive quicker issue resolution.
Reporting experience refresh for supervisors and administrators
Improved administration and operational experience for administrators.
More large schedules are supported to pull data; up to 25,000 rows can be included in scheduled reports.
Enterprise-grade scale and reliability
Greater scale allows up to 24,000 actively logged-in agents for UCCE. HCS-CC solutions allow customers to have large deployments in a single instance.
Greater scale allows up to 12,000 actively logged-in agents for PCCE. Now you can bring all the benefits of the Packaged CCE solution to a larger set of customers.
End-to-end security for data in transit
Secure communication of PII data via TLS 1.2 can enable customers to comply with regulatory requirements.
Reduced long-distance toll charges and network bandwidth
The CCE product line treats the entire IP network as an intelligent switch, meaning that calls can be handled at the edge of the network, thereby reducing bandwidth usage.
For the large enterprise, a centralized contact center operation enables the software and administration to be maintained centrally. This centralized operation helps branch offices avoid purchasing and maintaining the software, installing their own upgrades, and making staffing decisions independently of the rest of the company.
By retaining context as customers are transferred among agents, even between different locations and to at-home agents, your company can differentiate itself through superior customer service. For example, you can retrieve the information a customer has already supplied to purchase one product or service when the customer initiates another purchase or interaction elsewhere.
Allow control of network resources
The enterprise can control certain network resources, such as assigning agents to skill groups and defining routing based on a number called or caller-entered digits such as account numbers. In addition, you can control all functions from a single operating interface, reducing training and support requirements.
Cisco Enterprise Chat and Email (ECE)
Each agent license includes Cisco ECE, which offers multichannel capabilities with chat, email, and web callback. It helps businesses manage customer email messages and chats by automatically routing the chat or email to the correct resource, based upon information in the request and agent availability. With web collaboration, customers can chat with agents live over the web, with agents able to handle multiple chat sessions simultaneously. The email feature helps businesses manage large volumes of customer email inquiries by sending automated replies and routing the email to the right resource. With the web callback feature, customers can request a callback from a contact center when the right agent is available. ECE also provides reporting and monitoring tools to more effectively manage your contact center.
Cisco Finesse desktop software and API
The Cisco Finesse desktop is a next-generation agent and supervisor desktop solution designed to provide easy access to the applications and information your customer service organization needs through a customizable web-based interface. It offers your customer care representatives an intuitive, easy-to-use desktop design to help improve their performance and satisfaction, in turn enhancing their ability to provide quality customer service.
For IT professionals, the Cisco Finesse application offers a thin-client agent desktop that integrates smoothly with the Cisco Collaboration portfolio. It is standards-compliant, and offers low cost of customization of the agent and supervisor desktops.
The solution simplifies login and password management for agents and supervisors by allowing just one login for the Cisco Finesse desktop and associated gadgets. All SAML 2.0 compatible IdPs single sign-on is supported for the maximum of 24,000 concurrent agents in UCCE and HCS-CC, and maximum of 12,000 concurrent agents in PCCE.
Cisco Outbound Option
The Cisco Outbound Option, with its combination of outbound dialing modes, complements the powerful inbound call-handling capability of the CCE product line. You can build campaigns to use predictive, progressive, or preview dialing, which is integrated with inbound calls and compliant with contact center service levels, to offer a powerful blended solution. You can allocate agents to handle only inbound, only outbound, or both inbound and outbound contacts, offering an effective way to increase resource use in a contact center. Call-Progress Analysis (CPA; also known as answering machine detection) is enabled for the outbound dialer when using Cisco Unified Border Element. Outbound reports include Performance Monitoring (PerfMon) counters and personal call-back improvements for better agent usage.
You can play a configurable, automated agent greeting to callers, standardizing the caller experience. The greeting helps keep the agent voices fresh because they do not have to repeat the same greeting on every call.
Customers can play a configurable announcement to an agent right before the caller is connected, providing information about the type of call being delivered (for example, sales or tech support) and other guidance. Agents get information about the caller through their headset, speeding problem handling and improving first-call resolution.
Remote-agent support extends the contact center by providing Computer Telephony Integration (CTI), contact distribution, and reporting capabilities to remote agents in branch offices or at home, through either a broadband network connection or their home telephone line. The CCE product line provides identical user interfaces and feature functions to agents, regardless of location.
Cisco Unified Mobile Agent allows agents to choose their destination phone number during login time, and to change the number as often as they want, giving the contact center the flexibility to adapt to a fast-moving mobile workforce. With work-at-home programs, agents can be given location flexibility while reducing the contact center’s startup costs. This capability also allows agents to be on any phone device on any third-party switch infrastructure.
This Cisco Unified Communications Manager feature, supported by CCE, allows agents to temporarily access their Cisco unified IP phone configuration, such as line appearances, services, and speed dials, from other Cisco unified IP phones.
Mobile agent call-by-call mode
Remote agents consume system resources (such as gateway ports and recording channels) only when actively on a call.
Cisco Finesse IP Phone Agent
The CCE product line supports IP Phone Agent, allowing agents to use their Cisco IP phone to perform common agent tasks such as setting their state (for example, ready or not ready).
Cisco Unified CCE can easily be integrated with Cisco Unified Customer Voice Portal (Unified CVP), the de-facto Cisco IVR product, at an additional cost. Unified CCE can also integrate with Cisco Unified IP Interactive Voice Response (Unified IP IVR) or a third-party IVR and self-service systems through its open IVR Service Control interface.
Packaged CCE and HCS-CC come with Unified CVP built in.
Cisco Unified Customer Voice Portal
Cisco Unified CVP operates with both Time-Division Multiplexing (TDM) and IP-based contact centers to provide a call management and treatment solution with a self-service IVR option that can use information available to customers on the corporate web server. With support for automatic speech recognition (ASR) and text to speech (TTS), callers can obtain personalized answers to their questions and conduct business in innovative ways without the costs of interacting with a live agent.
For example, with Cisco Unified CVP, you can pay a bill, order products and track delivery, locate a dealer, schedule a pickup, change name and address information, make travel arrangements, check payment status, receive notification of unusual activity, and request literature or product information.
Supervisors can view agent states and call information, send text chat messages to agents, interrupt or intercept calls, record conversations, and silently monitor agent calls from the corporate network or through a remote dial-in connection. These features add value to the supervisor's role in the contact center and help them effectively manage their teams.
With supervisor and agent chat capabilities, supervisors can send text messages to agents participating in a call, allowing supervisors to coach agents unobtrusively on cross-sell and up-sell opportunities and help agents resolve customer situations. Supervisors can interrupt an agent's call to create a three-way conference, and then interact with both the caller and the agent to help resolve a concern. A supervisor can remove the agent from a call using the Intercept feature, allowing the supervisor and caller to complete the call on their own while the agent handles another customer request.
Supervisors can change an agent's state from their desktop. For example, agents may forget to make themselves available to take calls after a break or neglect to log out when away from their workstations for an extended period. Supervisors can easily log out missing agents or make unintentionally idle agents ready to take calls.
This function is critical to highly distributed contact center deployments.
Supervisors also can change an agent's skill profile in real time. This capability gives supervisors tactical tools to manage their agent teams and support contact center management objectives.
Streamlined administration allows managers to perform all contact center administration centrally. The administrative interface allows agents to be set up to handle voice, web, chat, and email contacts, depending on their assigned skill sets. The interface allows system managers, administrators, and supervisors to develop, modify, or view routing scripts; manage the system configuration; monitor contact center performance; define and request reports; and help ensure system security. This one user interface provides enterprise-wide control across a single or multisite contact center.
Multitenancy with departments
Customers with multiple lines of business (LOBs) or departments can easily share the same instance of Unified CCE or Packaged CCE using the Departments feature. This feature allows you to assign resources, including agents, skill groups, call types, and precision queues, by LOB or department. When resources are assigned to a LOB or department, only the supervisor or manager of that LOB or department can view and manage those resources.
In Unified CCE, you can manage departments through the Cisco Unified Contact Center Management Portal (Unified CCMP). In Packaged CCE, the native web administration allows management of departments.
Along with configuration, scripting access is also segmented when using Internet Script Editor. Finally, using the Cisco Unified Intelligence Center Collections feature, you can segment reporting to match departments.
The CCE product line takes full advantage of industry-standard hardware platforms, giving you the benefits of many software functions at a modest hardware cost. The open architecture of the system, which includes an Open Database Connectivity (ODBC)-compliant database, as well as Java, COM, and .NET interfaces for CTI applications, can integrate with existing contact center solutions, preserving investments in traditional systems and providing a platform for future applications.
The CCE product line supports Windows Server 2016, SQL Server 2017 (SQL Server 2016 for ECE, CCMP/CCDM), and VMware ESXi 6.5 and 6.7 with VMFS 6 on vmv 13.
Distributed fault tolerance
From the network to the desktop, all components and external application links provide carrier-class, distributed fault tolerance at both the hardware and software levels, with real-time application failover capabilities. Self-diagnostics and self-healing features allow the system to automatically take advantage of redundant components when required; the system is resilient to hardware component failures, communications network failures, and asynchronous software errors.
CCE product line software provides a Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) interface for integration into centralized network management systems. It also provides integration into a broader unified communications management infrastructure, bundled with Cisco Unified Communications Manager. It provides new levels of availability and manageability during deployments and upgrades, as well as during normal contact center operations.
The CCE product line supports the latest in security and data integrity features and solutions to reduce attack surfaces and system vulnerability. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is available on all web-based applications, and Transport Layer Security (TLS 1.2) and IP Security (IPsec) support is available for sockets-based communications to secure data in transit across trusted and untrusted networks.
IPv6 dual mode
The CCE product line supports IPv6 endpoints in dual-network mode, enabling easier migration from IPv4.
Precision routing sends the contact to the best available resource, based on information about the caller and the attributes of the agent. By delivering the contact effectively, companies can reduce overall handle time, decrease the need for multiple transfers, and increase customer satisfaction with the experience. Precision routing is supported for all contact channels, including voice, video, web, chat, and email.
Cisco pre-routing and post-routing functions
The Cisco pre-routing function makes routing decisions for each call while it is still in the carrier's network, enabling the Cisco platform to effectively segment customers, balance calls across the enterprise, and deliver each contact to the best enterprise resource the first time. The Cisco post-routing function provides the intelligent distribution of contacts already connected to a peripheral in your network, whether it is an automatic call distributor (ACD), PBX, IVR, web, or email server. When a contact requires redirection, Cisco Unified CCE applies business logic, instructing the peripheral to send the contact to the best available enterprise resource.
Customer profile routing
The CCE product line extends the sources of data available for making contact routing decisions and for populating agent desktop applications. For instance, you can perform a lookup in your customer database during routing to guide its decisions. You can also use information from CRM applications to match customers with agents and expand the data available to screen-pop applications.
Wherever an agent is based, the system delivers context-call event and customer-profile data as a contact arrives, allowing the agent or application to personalize service and help maximize efficiency.
Agent request API
The agent request API enables businesses to add voice callback as a feature to their custom-developed applications for the web and for mobile applications. Businesses can present callback as one of the ways or channels their customers can contact them, allowing customers to choose the channel of communication that works best for them.
Outbound campaign management API
This API allows for more precise control over contact center outbound calling campaigns.
The CCE product line provides real-time and historical data necessary for mission-critical contact center reporting across all media types. The solution provides accurate and timely reports on contact center activity, helping managers make informed decisions regarding staffing levels and contact handling procedures.
Reporting is provided by the Cisco Unified Intelligence Center, which offers numerous report templates intended to meet common reporting needs. With the availability of the underlying data model and schema, you can easily develop custom reports to extend the solution to meet specific reporting needs. Furthermore, the CCE product line allows for the export of reporting data to external data warehouse environments for extended storage and advanced analytics.
The Live Data feature provides a new real-time architecture with significant real-time refresh-rate improvements with actionable, real-time contact center information. Reports available from Cisco Unified Intelligence Center and reporting gadgets available on the Cisco Finesse desktop take advantage of this next-generation architecture.
This feature coordinates an agent's ability to work on multiple tasks from various channels while allowing the agent to be interrupted with high-priority tasks as required. For instance, an agent who is assisting a customer using text chat could handle another chat request at the same time, increasing the agent's productivity. Agents also can be sent a task of a different channel type from their active task. For example, an agent responding to a customer's email message can be sent a voice call or a back-office task, allowing the agent to handle the real-time voice call and then return to the email message. In this way, you can optimize your agents' activities, helping ensure the highest level of customer service with the resources available.
Task Routing API
This API enables new types of interactions—such as third-party applications, videos, texts, and events from the Internet of Things (IoT)—to be routed to the contact center. The Task Routing API also allows precision routing capabilities to be applied to non-voice interactions.