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Five ways Avaya innovation can change your world


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Five ways Avaya

innovation can

change your world

From customer service to

process automation, Avaya

innovations improve the way

companies conduct business




behind the curtain

For years, pundits have lamented the death of innovation in America.

Kids hate math and science. Young professionals want more glamorous careers. R&D departments are moving offshore where the world’s best and brightest are being groomed.


At Avaya, we embrace and cultivate innovation, both in the

United States and abroad.

We’ve introduced breakthrough technologies

for decades and have no intention of slowing down.

In fact, we’ve raised the bar recently through a new

collaborative innovation model.

We’re bringing together Avaya customers, our world-class research organization, Avaya Labs, and our world-class software development professionals at Avaya Global Services. This setting includes the folks who have the business need for communications, the wizards behind our latest innovations and the business-savvy technical specialists who make those innovations work in the real world.

Through this approach, we engage Avaya customers in the innovation process and bring next-generation solutions to market faster.

Want to take a look behind the curtain?

Read on to learn about a few of the latest Avaya innovations that will change the way our customers do business — and how you can become part of the process.


Harnessing the social media


Any executive with a pulse knows that social media is a force to reckon with.

The immediacy, influence and viral nature of tweets, blog posts, fan pages and other channels demand your attention and action. But how and where should you dip a toe in the water?

At Avaya, we’ve pioneered “listening” to selected social media streams via

commercially available software.

That software sifts through, IDs and tags certain items of

interest. Next — and this is the secret sauce — Avaya applications capture and convert relevant items, use “presence” to locate the most qualified Avaya contact center agents, route the selected items to those

agents, and automatically track those items from capture through resolution.

How well does it work?

Recently, we “heard” a Twitter tweet

in which an IT executive was comparing phone systems from Avaya and a competitor. We responded with


Harnessing the social media tsunami (continued)

Here’s another example.

When we first channeled the river of social media conversations, we weren’t surprised to hear a certain amount of customer grumbling about Avaya solutions. What company doesn’t

have detractors? But after less than a year of funneling those complaints to qualified responders in our customer service organization, the balance has shifted almost entirely toward positive

feed-back and collaborative customer interactions.

Innovation is helping us address the social media imperative

within established mechanisms and processes — efficiently, cost effectively and in alignment with our customer service strategies.


More and better

face time

with customers

An electronics retailer wanted to provide a better sales and service experience for its customers, many of whom are young adults and teenagers. We suggested getting in the customers’ face —

or Facebook, as it were.


Avaya Customer Connections Social Media solutions,

the company now offers customers the option to

add a link to their Facebook page.

Click on the link — from their desktop, laptop, iPhone, Android, it doesn’t matter — and customers go directly to the company’s Web site for a wide variety of self-service options.

But here’s the real magic.

With another click, the customer can link directly to a contact center agent — audio and video, audio-only, chat or

e-mail, whichever is most convenient. As the session begins, the agent receives the customer’s Facebook profile and customer history, and so is equipped instantly with valuable information to help speed things along.

The results? A much richer customer


Tremendous flexibility in how the customer interacts with the company. A viral marketing channel for the company (customers can forward the company’s Facebook link to their friends). And added face time with customers that is priceless.



simpler hospital discharges

During daily rounds, a hospital’s attending physician decides a patient is ready

to go home.

But before issuing the discharge order, he wants to consult with three other specialists involved

in the patient’s care. Previously, tracking down the other doctors was a time-consuming and frustrating process.

Now, the attending physician simply places a call to the Avaya Notification


and issues a prerecorded message to the other specialists. Those specialists who can respond immediately can select an option to conference with the attending physician and discuss the decision to

discharge. That conversation is recorded, so if a specialist can’t make the first call, he can listen to the notification message later, review the recorded conversation and then weigh in on the decision

with the attending physician.

After the discharge order is issued, the medical records department processes the order. The medical records administrator updates the patient’s record in the hospital’s computer


The computer system automatically links to the Avaya

Notification Solution

and issues a message to admissions, so it knows that additional bed space is available; housekeeping, so the departing patient’s room can be cleaned; and the clinic, so it knows that the departing patient’s prescriptions will be handled by the patient’s primary care physician going forward.

For years, patient discharge has been a hassle, affecting staff productivity, patient satisfaction and even revenue when vacant beds aren’t filled in a timely manner. Avaya Notification Solution speeds the discharge process, helping hospitals stop the revenue drain while improving patient satisfaction and the performance and productivity of healthcare providers.



across-the-counter service

Our customer was a wireless communications provider with many

retail outlets.

A growing number of customers walked in off the street wanting information about the company’s new residential cable television and Internet services. The wireless store personnel weren’t equipped or incented to help.

We worked closely with the company to understand

its needs.

In a matter of weeks, we assembled several new, but already proven, capabilities into

a solution: a free-standing video kiosk

(but it could be a desktop or cubicle, too) linked to contact center applications, including a thin video client, routing, desktop tools, workforce management and reporting. The result?

Now when prospective cable customers come into the company’s retail stores, sales associates point them to the video kiosk. There, customers can gather basic information and fill out applications using self-service menus. They also can link directly with a contact center agent who can push out digital content, co-browse with them through online information, and remotely print information and forms.

It’s as if there is a live person “across the counter” from

the customer.

The communications provider reports rave reviews from its customers and now captures missed revenue opportunities.



firmer handle


contact center performance

Contact centers are inundated with calls today

— directly to their agents, as well as to the variety of self-service applications.

How do you measure efficiency and effectiveness

of both human and automated agents in the face of this avalanche of data? Now there’s a way.

Working with Avaya customers, we’ve developed a portfolio of solutions that track and analyze contact center activities and measure their performance. Regardless of the entry point — direct call, IVR, Web link, whatever — these solutions show you call path and flow, points of interruption or digression, customer decision points, agent actions, and many other attributes that characterize performance. More than just showing you what is happening in the call center,

these solutions can help you understand why things happen.

With this deeper insight into the dynamics of your contact center operations, you can be much better informed as you devise ways to improve processes, procedures, systems and the organization.

Think of it as a road



in the game

Many of today’s innovations will be business-as-usual in a few years.

That’s why we’re constantly on the move, looking for fresh, winning ideas to advance the state of the art. No doubt we can do some of that alone, but the best innovations come from ideas we develop along with Avaya customers.


Because the solutions that come from our collaborative innovation process take direct aim at urgent business issues and opportunities. We and our customers invest significant time and effort in understanding business needs and designing solutions that address them.

So how can the innovative use of communications help address issues in your organization?


Learn more

To learn more about the ideas presented in this eBook, our Avaya Aura


and Intelligent Customer Routing solutions,

and other innovative communications advances from the Avaya Emerging Products and Technologies group, talk

to your Avaya Client Executive or Authorized Business Partner. Also, visit us at


About Avaya

Avaya is a global leader in enterprise communications systems. The company provides unified communications,

contact centers and related services directly and through its channel partners to leading businesses and

organi-zations around the world. Enterprises of all sizes depend on Avaya for state-of-the-art communications that

improve efficiency, collaboration, customer service and competitiveness. For more information, please visit


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