Spreadsheets Still Dominate WFM

What Equipment do You Use for Forecasting and Scheduling?


This article explores the answers of 224 contact centre professionals when we asked them ‘What Equipment Do You Use for Forecasting and Scheduling?’

The results have been taken from the Workforce Management chapter of our ‘What Contact Centres Are Doing Right Now’  2021 survey report, which was sponsored by NICE.

What Equipment Do You Use for Forecasting and Scheduling?

Equipment contact centres use for forecasting and scheduling – results:

Equipment Used Percentage
Spreadsheets 60.1%
Erlang Calculator 39.3%
Hosted WFM 18.4%
On-premise WFM System 16.0%
Pen and Paper / Whiteboard 10.4%
Specialist Forecasting Software 9.2%

Spreadsheets Still Dominate WFM

Most contact centres (60.1%) are still using spreadsheets for WFM. In many cases, this will likely be in tandem with an Erlang Calculator – a tool used by 39.3% of operations.

2021 Survey Graph What Equipment do You Use for Forecasting and Scheduling?

Of course, many will find success in using these tried-and-tested solutions. 10.4% of contact centres have even stuck to pens, paper and whiteboards.

Yet, in large contact centres, these can become difficult to manage, while adding flexibility to them is also a tricky task.

Many WFM Systems Have Stayed On-Premise

While many contact centres have transitioned to the cloud to pave the way for remote working, many have kept their solutions on-premise.

In fact, almost half of WFM solutions remain planted within contact centre walls. This perhaps indicates a commitment to keeping the resource planning function inside the larger operation, despite the rise in remote working.

This survey was done in partnership with Akixi, NICE, Nuance, Odigo, Poly and ProcedureFlow.


To view and download the full copies of our ‘What Contact Centres Are Doing Right Now’ survey report, follow this link: What Contact Centres Are Doing Right Now (2021 Edition)

For more great information, check out our other Contact Centre Research

Published On: 16th Jun 2022
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