This is a time of rapid and dramatic progress in the cloud communications landscape. New technological innovations help companies incorporate location-independent systems, allowing workers to collaborate and communicate wherever they may be. And all signs indicate this is only the beginning, with the industry poised for unprecedented growth.
In fact, as enterprise software moves to the cloud, the traditional unified communications space is having its own dramatic shift. The consumer experiences from Snapchat to Instagram to Facebook among other consumer technologies—are changing the expectations for communications. New models for collaboration and engagement, supported by big data and the cloud, provide a whole new world of opportunities.
It’s no secret the restaurant industry is highly populated by teenagers. So what are the best tactics to engage your Gen Z employees while keeping your restaurant compliant with today’s labor laws?
Research has found Gen Z to be very different than their older millennial brothers and sisters, meaning operators need to find a whole new approach to engage them.
In this guide we’ll highlight the engagement and compliance challenges restaurants face with this group of workers. And then we’ll walk you through best practices we’ve seen work using mobile scheduling apps and digital communication tools.
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There’s no doubt in the trends. Focusing on the customer experience is at the top of the priority list for most companies. Personalization plays a key role as top organizations strive to make experiences as compelling as possible with the integration of artificial intelligence and cloud-based technology. To understand and prioritize what your next big moves should be, read The Econsultancy 2018 Digital Trends report.
Here’s what’s top of mind for the majority of your peers:
• Increasing digital marketing activities and budgets
• Investing in well-designed user journeys that facilitate clear communication
• Valuing creativity and design to differentiate their brands
• Combining digital skills with technology to improve customer experience
Effective Competition Depends on Continuous Delivery of Quality Software In today’s application economy every company is a software company, no matter what industry it is in:
• Shipping companies depend on logistics software to efficiently route packages, arrange drivers and automate warehouses.
• Retail companies rely on software to manage inventory, engage with customers online and to give in-store associates the tools they need to answer customer questions on the spot.
• Marketing firms lean on applications to gather consumer data and parse it, automate communication with prospects and effectively manage advertising campaigns. The examples are endless.
The point is that in order to compete today, every business must be able to quickly build and tweak software to adjust to always evolving market demands. Ultimately, business success depends on faster development iterations while still maintaining the high quality of service expected by customers, stakeholders and end users.
Published By: Optimizely
Published Date: Apr 06, 2018
Welcome to the conversion best practices toolkit from Optimizely!
You’re already one step closer to delivering meaningful digital experiences and turning prospects into customers. In an increasingly competitive landscape where customers demand more from their digital interactions with companies across a growing number of communication channels, customer acquisition can be a big challenge. In this toolkit, you’ll find a variety of resources aimed at helping you identify conversion optimization opportunities and acquire new customers with greater efficiency.
When augmenting the benefits package
for your organization, it’s natural to focus
on traditional perks that employees have come to
expect: PTO, health insurance, and maybe a tuition
assistance credit here or there. But if you’re looking
for creative and effective ways to stimulate
employee engagement while also driving business
results, you’ll want to consider the powerful impact
of offering language-learning opportunities.
Why language learning? It offers immediate and
long-term benefits to both employees and employers.
Research shows that organizations that offer access
to language learning see an increase in employee
engagement factors like loyalty, morale, and
productivity, which in turn boosts business performance
factors such as customer satisfaction
and internal communications.
Where’s the connection? And how can you reproduce
these benefits within your organization? This
playbook offers a deeper look at why language
learning has such a positive influence on employee
In our 40-criteria evaluation of data center hardware platforms for software-defined networking (SDN), we identified the nine most significant players — Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, Arista Networks, Extreme Networks (which recently acquired Brocade Communications System’s data center networking business), Cisco Systems, Cumulus Networks, Dell, Huawei, Juniper Networks, and Pluribus Networks — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps infrastructure and operations professionals (I&O) make the right choice.
Web content management now constitutes mission-critical software to help
drive successful communications with customers. Application leaders
focused on enabling effective digital experiences should use this document
to help them in selecting the most appropriate vendor and solution.
When it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT), the evolution of connected devices and data can often make it difficult for teams — including designers, engineers and communication specialists — to efficiently work together. The SOLIDWORKS connected devices ecosystem, however, provides development capabilities that easily bring teams together to manage complexities and synchronize and facilitate product development. This webinar further explains smart, connected devices and how SOLIDWORKS can leverage these capabilities to help drive business change.
Published By: Progress
Published Date: Mar 26, 2018
The transition to value-based outcomes, an aging population, and new mobile and
wearable and chat bot technologies are driving changes across every aspect of the
Advances in digital health technologies hold great promise that healthcare can be
delivered in smarter, simpler, and more cost effective ways. Mobile technologies
can foster patient engagement, enhance care team communication, reduce cost
of delivery, and improve the healthcare experience for both patients and their
The key is figuring out which apps to tackle first. This document outlines a few of
the key use cases that are showing positive impact. While this isn’t an exhaustive
list, it provides several great places to start on the digital health innovation journey.
Published By: Polycom
Published Date: Mar 13, 2018
With the increase in mobility and the growth of distributed teams, it’s essential that you select audio devices that offer the best flexibility, quality and reach needed to support collaboration anywhere on any device.
To meet these requirements, Polycom offers a broad selection of easy-to-use, high-quality desk phones, conference phones, and applications. The phones support crystal-clear conversations and seamlessly integrate with a wide range of communication environments including open-SIP and Skype for Business and Office 365.
This comprehensive guide will provide you:
Guidance on selecting devices for different workspaces
Information on the newest collaboration features and benefits
Overview and comparison of the latest Polycom desk phones and conference phones
Published By: Brother
Published Date: Mar 08, 2018
Documents are an integral component to the successful operation of an organization. Whether in hardcopy or digital form, they enable the communication, transaction, and recording of business-critical information.
To ensure documents are used effectively, organizations are encouraged to continually evaluate and improve surrounding workflows. This may involve automating elements of document creation, securing the transfer and storage of information, and/or simplifying the retrieval of records and the data contained within. These types of enhancements can save time, money, and frustration.
This white paper will discuss top trends and requirements in the optimization of document-related business processes as well as general technology infrastructures for document management. It will also address how some office technology vendors have reacted to these trends to guide their design and development of products, solutions, and services.
What does it take to be relevant today? In the era of hyper-connectivity, consumers
have become entitled, demanding more control over their experiences and
expecting that marketers use data and insights to create a seamless, relevant brand
experience. Research shows that communications containing relevant information
and offers are the best drivers of brand loyalty and conversions
Gartner Report: Competitive Landscape for Hyperconverged Integrated Systems. Accelerate business outcomes and achieve growth with hyperconverged integrated systems (HCIS). Key findings: As the hyperconverged integrated system (HCIS) market has matured in the past two years, some smaller providers without sufficient bases, technical resources and cash to survive on their own have exited the market." • "HCIS-only providers that have a sustainable sales advantage based on effective communication of technical strengths that can deliver superior cost savings or performance advantages are most likely to remain viable as the market continues to grow." • "HCIS providers without compelling value propositions to differentiate their offerings against other HCIS solutions are unlikely to survive the increasing competitive pressure that is appearing in the market."
Published By: SundaySky
Published Date: Mar 06, 2018
Personalization works. Brands know this. That’s why they use information like customer names, relevant content, and purchasing history to make consumers feel special.
But is this enough for today’s empowered consumers?
No—it still treats consumers as a small drop in a big bucket of generic marketing communications. It’s repetitive and stale. It’s simply not enough.
Published By: SundaySky
Published Date: Mar 06, 2018
Guests at Atlantis Paradise Island, a luxurious tropical resort in The Bahamas, enjoy an amazing guest experience: the resort boasts pristine white-sand beaches, luxurious accommodations, a world-class casino, a 140-plus acre water park, and the world’s largest open-air marine environment. Atlantis wanted to drive anticipation and deeper engagement with guests before they even set foot on the island by improving the pre-arrival experience. SundaySky SmartVideo enables Atlantis to take a strategic, multi-touch engagement approach to enhancing the pre-arrival period with personalized video communication to assist guests in fully preparing for their vacations.
Published By: SundaySky
Published Date: Mar 06, 2018
Cox Communications has been a SundaySky customer for five years, running personalized video ad programs through traditional video publisher channels. At the end of 2016, Cox Communications expanded that program to Facebook to see if greater levels of personalization and performance could be achieved by combining the dynamic capabilities of SmartVideo technology with the reach of the Facebook ads platform.
The program targets recent Cox website visitors on Facebook and delivers them a relevant video ad with offers related to products and services they had viewed on Cox.com. The program leverages SundaySky’s SmartVideo platform to achieve Cox’s online revenue goals of maximizing the number of revenue-generating orders on its website while also lowering the cost per acquisition (CPA) as the program optimizes.
Published By: Cisco EMEA
Published Date: Mar 05, 2018
When thinking about how the workforce is evolving, you need to think about what really matters to employees and how you can integrate technology in the workplace for the digital nomads of today. Corporate real estate, IT, and HR executives need to do a lot to meet those needs and achieve their HR goals.
Cisco has the expertise needed to deliver high-quality mobility and collaboration solutions. We make business-critical communications possible in real time, across multiple channels. Cisco Workforce Experience offers are complete, enterprise-class solutions designed to scale smoothly and make your vision of the digital workspace a reality.
So, while the advertising industry is in the midst of profound change, it’s hard to be certain about the form that it will take in future. There’s good reason to be optimistic, rather than pessimistic. Firstly, as we saw earlier, the proliferation of digital platforms means that there are now more canvases for creativity than ever before. And secondly, recent discoveries in psychology and behavioural science have highlighted how human decision making – in any context – is often unconscious or non-rational. As a result, the range of problems where creative communication can offer a solution is wider than ever previously realised.
Published By: Genesys
Published Date: Feb 27, 2018
What if the cloud could radically improve your customer’s experience, your operations, and your bottom line? There’s a reason why many organizations are taking advantage of the benefits of cloud for contact centers.
This eBook, focuses on two profiles for small contact centers, small business and small of large - a small contact center that is part of a much larger enterprise. Get key insights from independent market research that will help you make a case to take your customer communications platform to the cloud. With the right solution, your business can benefit from enterprise-quality capabilities at a price you can afford. And you can realize a return on investment in as little as three months!
Download this eBook and learn:
• How to calculate ROI and time-to-value in different types of small contact center profiles
• What factors to consider when selecting a cloud vendor
• Three common myths about the cloud
The new integration demands of cloud, mobile, API and IoT technologies require a unified approach to integration that spans multiple integration channels. As the volume, variety, and velocity of data increases it is becoming more important to maintain effective communication among all elements of the architecture.
Planning your cloud, hybrid, and on-premises integration needs? This free e-book will show you how the Oracle Cloud Platform for Integration can help you extend what is possible.
Thrill customers and empower employees with omni-channel, socially-infused digital experiences to drive better business outcomes
IBM Customer Experience Suite features rich, integrated capabilities for managing web content, rich-media assets, real-time social communications, robust customer self-service capabilities, business analytics and mobile device delivery
IBM Employee Experience Suite enables employees to easily find and share relevant information across multiple platforms, diverse geographies with multiple languages, and within the context of business applications
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Our portfolio of live events, online and print publishing, business intelligence and professional development brands are centred on the complexities of technology convergence. Operating in 42 different countries, we have developed a unique global knowledge and networking platform, which is trusted by over 30,000 ICT, engineering and technology professionals.
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