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TMCNet:  Aspect Software Sets a New Standard for the Agent Experience With Aspect Workforce Optimization 8.0

[March 13, 2014]

Aspect Software Sets a New Standard for the Agent Experience With Aspect Workforce Optimization 8.0

(Marketwire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) PHOENIX, AZ -- (Marketwired) -- 03/13/14 -- Icons, widgets and customizable dashboards of new intuitive graphical user interface remove technology barriers, improves agent engagement Cloud-optimized platform integrates with full suite of Aspect products to provide more complete contact center solutionNew capabilities allow for tighter integration between front and back office operationsAspect Software, a leading provider of fully-integrated customer interaction management, workforce optimization, back-office solutions, and award-winning cloud solutions, today announced the launch of Aspect Workforce Optimization 8.0 (WFO 8), an advanced, integrated workforce optimization solution that includes workforce management, quality management and performance management capabilities.

"As the contact center becomes a more integral part of the overall customer experience, companies are seeking intuitive solutions that provide more flexible and integrated customer service operations," says Spence Mallder, Senior Vice President, General Manager of Workforce Optimization at Aspect Software. "To address this, enterprises need to provide a much better user experience for agents and supervisors and develop a tighter integration between the front and back office. WFO 8 lets companies do just that, regardless of whether it is deployed at our customers' premises or in the Aspect cloud." Designed in collaboration with a nationally-recognized user experience design firm and tested by experienced contact center agents, WFO 8 boasts a customizable, intuitive and easy-to-use graphical interface that eliminates the technology barrier between users and their workforce optimization system. In addition to tighter data and functional integration, all components of WFO 8.0 (Workforce Management 8.0, Aspect Quality Management 8.0 and Aspect Analyze 8.0) use this common look and feel. Benefits of the new user interface include: Higher productivity workforce because day-to-day administrative tasks take less time Improved morale resulting from the simplification of important tasks such as vacation requests Broader use of more powerful but complex WFO features Easier remote agent deployments with flexible use across common browsers (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome) and devices (desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones) Improved agent autonomy and efficiency by providing faster access to information, all in one place through simple icons and configurable widgets and dashboards Also, WFM 8's new back office performance capabilities allow for better management of business processes and workflow in the back office as well as blending of back office and front office workforces. With the ability to provide more accurate forecasting, scheduling and tracking of back office personnel, employee schedules can be optimized to meet specific business requirements. WFM's back office optimization features can dramatically improve the efficiency of most back office operations.

"The agents at Fairmont are really delighted with Aspect's new Workforce Management user interface," says Louise Andrew, Manager, Workforce Planning, FRHI Hotels & Resorts. "It's so much easier for agents to understand what they need to do and how to do it." WFO 8 also allows for tight integration with other Aspect products, including the full suite of customer interaction management and analytics solutions including Aspect Unified IP, Aspect Analytics for Speech and Text, and recently launched Aspect Mentor. Aspect Analytics for Speech and Text gives clients sophisticated analytical tools with access to 100% of all speech and text interactions revealing valuable and actionable insights. Aspect Mentor software offers proactive notification alerts and guidance to both agents and supervisors using real-time speech analytics methods. WFO 8, Aspect Unified IP, and Aspect's analytics solutions provide a complete call center infrastructure and management package that is unrivaled in the industry.

"Our focus is to provide the tools to allow contact center agents to feel more effective and empowered when interacting with customers," continues Mallder. "As the first point of contact with a company, the agent is the face of the brand, and happy agents lead to happier customers, ultimately improving customer retention, brand loyalty and the overall customer experience." Workforce Optimization 8.0 is available globally.

Aspect will be showing Aspect Mentor at the Enterprise Connect show, March 17 - 20 booth #1325 in Orlando Florida. More details on Workforce Optimization 8.0 can be found here.

About AspectAspect's fully-integrated solution unifies the three most important facets of modern contact center management: customer interaction management, workforce optimization, and back-office. Through a full suite of cloud, hosted and hybrid deployment options, we help the world's most demanding contact centers seamlessly align their people, processes and touch points to deliver remarkable customer experiences. For more information, visit www.aspect.com.

Follow Aspect on Twitter at @AspectSoftware. Read our blogs at http://blogs.aspect.com.

Aspect, the Aspect logo, are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Aspect Software, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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