Aspect eWorkforce Management 7.2 reduces physical footprint and facility costs through automated, flexible seat scheduling.
The PerformanceEdge Group, a dedicated Aspect organisation comprised of contact centre performance optimisation professionals, has announced that new PerformanceEdge workforce management capabilities will be generally available in Aspect eWorkforce Management 7.2 on 17 December 2008.
This release will include more than 45 new features designed to significantly streamline the scheduling process and therefore lower operating costs. Furthermore, Aspect eWorkforce Management 7.2 will offer a new enhancement package for scheduling physical positions for front- and back-office staff, as well as provide extended scheduling and assignment capabilities and enhanced synchronisations with other PerformanceEdge applications.
The new Aspect eWorkforce Management – Reserve enhancement package enables users to maximise how they utilise existing workstations as well as training room facilities to automate the seat planning process by matching up the right seats with the appropriate agents. It can reduce real estate and administrative costs by enabling flexible seating or “hot desking” in an automated fashion. Companies using Aspect eWorkforce Management – Reserve can assign seats across teams, floors, sites and facilities automatically, enabling organisations to reduce their physical footprint, postpone capacity-adding decisions, and reduce operating costs.
“Workforce management vendors have traditionally focused on optimising agent schedules because staffing represents the most expensive component of a contact centre or back-office budget. What is too often forgotten, however, is the difficulty of managing physical seats and the associated facility costs,” said Robert Kelly, vice president, PerformanceEdge Group. “Now, PerformanceEdge gives customers a way to reduce facility costs, while optimising agent and supervisor performance and decreasing administration costs, which can help give these companies a clear-cut competitive advantage in today’s volatile economic climate.”
Many customer-requested capabilities are also now available in the new release of Aspect eWorkforce Management 7.2 which include:
- Extended Scheduling and Assignment Capabilities with the ability to create team-based schedules or to schedule for one month at a time.
- Enhanced Synchronisation across all the PerformanceEdge products with the ability to utilise quality scores and other key performance indicators (KPIs) to schedule coaching and classroom training sessions, or to prioritise schedule assignments.
- Additional eSchedule Planner Enhancements to provide agents with a new, graphical view of schedules that offers administrators more flexibility.
“The new features of Aspect eWorkforce Management demonstrate that Aspect continues to listen to our customers’ requests to add value to PerformanceEdge by helping them gain visibility into capacity planning and employee scheduling,” Kelly added. “And, by leveraging Aspect eWorkforce Management with other performance optimisation applications, companies will have a more holistic view of their performance, providing them with the insight and tools they’ll need to make changes to more easily drive improved service, sales and collections.”
Aspect eWorkforce Management is a complete automated solution that provides the capabilities for forecasting, scheduling and tracking, to ensure contact centres have the right staff, with the right skills, at the right time. The end result is increased productivity and revenue, improved customer service and agent performance, reduced staffing and operating costs, and increased profits and customer satisfaction.