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NICE unveils global ‘Robotic Automation Community’

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A new educational platform from NICE aims to provide resources and best practice sharing for customers, partners, system integrators and domain professionals across various industries.

With over 550 deployments, 500,000 robots in production and 16 years of RPA experience, NICE says its automation community members now have access to insights on RPA and NEVA (NICE Employee Virtual Attendant), as well as the latest innovations and trends in the industry.

By joining the NICE Robotic Automation Community, entry level employees as well as experts can learn how to harness the growth the industry is experiencing and cultivate their skills and careers.

Open to customers, partners, system integrators, as well as domain professionals, materials include short articles, how to videos, white papers, in-depth e-learning content for technical employees and consultants, as well as certification programs.

The community includes a forum that encourages discussions among peers and with NICE experts, enabling the sharing of best practices, guidelines and experiences that members can learn from and adopt in their own implementations.

NICE’s community is integrated with NICE Dojo, one of the largest global learning networks which enables users to easily access training assets and choose flexible learning paths to suit their individual and professional needs.

Barry Cooper, President, NICE Enterprise Group, said: “As the most established and experienced RPA vendor in the enterprise market, NICE is delighted to launch a comprehensive and engaging global community to drive collaboration and innovation among RPA professionals. The NICE Robotic Automation Community is the ideal platform to share in-depth experience and industry knowledge. Our innovative RPA technology is built to support the most complex process scenarios facing enterprises today. The RPA market is vibrant and dynamic, and we are excited to be contributing towards and shaping the industry on a global scale.”

Thomas Cook adopts NICE Robotic Process Automation for customer experience

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Thomas Cook has implemented the NICE Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution for its UK operations, which it says has saved millions in operational costs over a 24-month period.

The travel giant elected to adopt US-based NICE’s advanced process automation solution in order to meet the challenge of servicing both internal and external customers across various markets and networks.

The company deployed NICE RPA’s attended and unattended robots across its UK operations, including automation of its back-office activities.

In addition, Thomas Cook brought its outsourced offshore activities back onshore and in-house at the UK contact centres.

The new system replaced a heavily manual process involving inconsistent legacy systems by either completely automating routine tasks or assisting agents to ensure more efficient customer interactions.

The partners claim the changes have driven millions in savings, reduced the average handle time of in-house processes, introduced global consistency in reporting, increased efficiency, and facilitated a greater focus on customer service.

Thomas Cook is planning a phased roll-out of NICE RPA across all its European operations and within other divisions of its UK business activities.

Graham Lee, Group Head RPA, Thomas Cook said: “At Thomas Cook, we are investing in process automation initiatives as a pillar of a transformation program intended to liberate cash for investment in marketing and to accelerate growth. NICE RPA, with its scalability and flexibility, has met those goals with significant operational cost savings and support for our customer experience strategy in the UK. It has provided a great foundation for additional savings and efficiency enhancements using advanced process automation across our European offices, for internal business functions, and in the context of other enterprise activities.”

John O’Hara, President, NICE EMEA said: “We’re excited to see NICE RPA making a significant difference at Thomas Cook by helping ensure efficient and effective operations. By combining both attended and unattended robots, the solution provides Thomas Cook with a platform to deliver on strategic objectives across all its markets with a consistency that improves both service and internal reporting. In the travel industry, automating routine tasks with NICE RPA is an important key in delivering customer service that’s comprehensively streamlined in terms of processes and fuels greater engagement among frontline agents, both of which customers are attuned to. This makes all the difference in an economy where customer experience is king.”

NICE move by BT

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Telecoms giant BT Group has chosen NICE software to replace its previous recording and workforce management (WFM) solutions, implementing NICE WFM, Nice Engage and Nexidia Analytics across the group within the next three years.

Working towards improved customer services experience, ensured regulatory compliance and optimised total cost of ownership, BT undertook a selection process that resulted ion choosing NICE for multichannel recording, speech and text analysis and WFM.

Commenting on the new partnership, Libby Barr, managing director of consumer customer care at BT Group, said: “After extensive research we concluded that the NICE WFM, Engage and Analytics platforms were the best in the market, with a proven track record of helping organisations such as ourselves to deliver better outcomes for our customers, whilst also allowing for simplified support processes.

“We look forward to partnering with NICE as we embed their use into our contact centres.”

John O’Hara, president of NICE EMEA, added: “With the roll-out of the three complementary NICE solutions at BT – focused on employees, channels and customers – they are reinventing customer service and significantly improving employee engagement with new features and functionalities.

“BT’s contact centre evolution reflects NICE’s position as a driver of actionable insights and efficiency across customer-centric operations in the telecommunications industry, with solutions that both reward and create successful employees.”

Wilmac and Business Systems continue Global Partnership Alliance development…

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Well into the second year of its formation, the Global Partnership Alliance created by Business Systems and Wilmac continues to grow in strength by addressing the increasing need for ‘exceptional support and service’ on a global scale, in regards to recording technologies and other related solutions.

Amassing 18 partners across 39 countries, the Alliance – founded in 2015 – was the conclusion of a large number of global customers expressing the need to extend their service and support contracts across their countries of presence. On an international scale, customers hold greater and simpler centralised control of their estate with standardised cost plans and levels of service. Meanwhile, at a more local level, customers receive technical support from the ‘best local provider’ who holds a strong regional presence and is familiar with national regulations.

Founding director of Business Systems, Stephen Thurston, commented: “Systems availability pressures have dramatically increased for companies across the globe, and especially in the financial sector where the majority of our global customers operate. As a result, being able to provide them with high quality services, on time, wherever they need us, is becoming a key business driver for Business Systems. We are excited about partnering with Wilmac to extend our reach and deliver more value to our global customers.”

As well as voice data management and strategy consultancy, technical support services, professional services, remote management and monitoring and staff augmentation are offered to support existing systems for clients including NICE, Verint, Red Box and VPI.