Aspect Software makes Virtualization a Reality with Unified Command and Control
December 2007 by Emmanuelle Lamandé
Aspect Software, Inc., announces the general availability of Unified Command and Control, a highly scalable solution that enables contact centers to centralize reporting, routing, administration and workflow management in a single console, resulting in reduced complexity, increased productivity and the ability to deliver an improved customer experience. Unified Command and Control helps manage as many as 40 different nodes for as many as 40,000 agents, either within a single site or across multiple contact center locations.
Unified Command and Control, a key component of the Aspect Software unified approach, opens the door for expanded virtualization by increasing an organization’s ability to manage and control multiple contact centers and applications. It enables contact centers to leverage existing investments in Aspect Software solutions while also seamlessly moving to new session initiation protocol (SIP)-based voice-over Internet protocol (VoIP) platforms. Since Unified Command and Control was built upon a service-oriented architecture (SOA), it enables third-parties or Aspect Software partners to build their own adapters into their own products or other, similarly open, products in the future.
This initial release of Unified Command and Control provides administration, reporting, and routing for Aspect® CallCenter® ACD 9.3 and the workforce management capability of PerformanceEdge™, Aspect® eWorkforce Management™ 7.1. Upcoming versions of Unified Command and Control will offer enhanced administration, routing and workflow capabilities targeted toward other Aspect Software products, including Aspect® Spectrum® ACD, Aspect® Unified IP™, and the quality and performance management capabilities of PerformanceEdge. Aspect CallCenter ACD 9.3 delivers improved operating efficiency, reliability, scalability and security and reduces costs through enhanced features and tight integration with Unified Command and Control for enterprise administration. Important new Aspect CallCenter ACD 9.3 capabilities include expanded use of SIP/VoIP for inter-site connectivity, new redundant and expanded voice system options, significantly increased Call Control Table and Application limits, and enhanced password flexibility and complexity. Centralized management across multiple systems, including agent groups, trunk groups, and supervisor teams, can be copied between multiple Aspect CallCenter ACD 9.3 systems.
Through Unified Command and Control, any changes in agent data and staffing information can be automatically sent to Aspect eWorkforce Management 7.1. As an enterprise application, Aspect eWorkforce Management has unifying capabilities for its multisite customers, offering centralized management of agents regardless of their physical location. By consolidating data from various contact center applications, Unified Command and Control enables businesses to eliminate areas of duplication and reduce operating costs associated with managing agent profiles. Unified Command and Control lets them use one system to facilitate all agent moves, adds, and changes across sites, and enables local survivable nodes, ensuring business continuity during a local network failure or in the event of a disaster.