Disaster Readiness and the Contact Center

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Click through for a list of what you should look for in a contact center outsourcing provider, as identified by Telus International.

For many businesses, contact centers are the lifeline to connecting with customers, and as a result, contact centers are becoming mission critical to managing corporate brand and reputation. But what if something goes wrong? Companies need to be prepared for a wide variety of events — from natural disasters to infrastructure failure to personnel-initiated disasters — that could impact customer service.

Many businesses are beginning to partner with specialized contact centers to help them provide mission-critical customer service. In addition to the normal day-to-day workflow, outsourcing can help a business survive a natural disaster or business disruption as part of its business continuity planning.

From an IT management perspective, these services can prove essential when a disaster strikes. According to Gartner, IDC and Forrester, IT organizations stand to lose between $84,000 and $108,000 for every hour of IT systems downtime. Outsourced contact centers, therefore, become a lifeline to connecting customers to the organization in a seamless manner.

It is essential, however, to work with a provider that has robust, always evolving disaster recovery/business continuity plans in place that are tested on a regular basis. Telus International has compiled a list of what you should look for when considering a contact center outsourcing provider.

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