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Lori Bocklund

Lori Bocklund
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Lori Bocklund is President of Strategic Contact, an independent consulting firm that helps companies optimize the value of their customer contact technology and operations. Lori helps corporate and government contact centers develop and execute plans tied to business goals, such as technology strategy, VoIP and virtualization planning, technology requirements and selection, and project management and implementation. Backed by more than 20 years in the industry, Lori has developed a deep understanding of a broad spectrum of systems, applications and operational environments and extraordinary skill in making today's complex technology environments more easily understood. She's a popular, enthusiastic presenter, author and advisor, and shares her knowledge and practical guidance through numerous speaking engagements, articles, technology courses, and her book, "Call Center Technology Demystified." Email: [email protected]
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Cloud-based Solutions Need a Good SOW

The cloud is a strong contender for contact center technology today, and the market hype makes it look as simple as buying a mobile...
Call Center Knowledge Management

Why Contact Centers Like Cloud-Based Technology

Cloud vendors capitalize on a message of “fast and easy.” Get it installed quickly—as short as hours (or days). Easy goes hand-in-hand with speed....
Realities of technology for the small center, including cloud, suites and managed services

Technology for the Small Center

Every small center aspires to deliver good (or great!) service to customers and offer a good (or great!) place for employees to work. The...
Call Center Authentication and Routing

Taking a Fresh Look at Authentication and Routing

Any center that is truly focused on the customer has to solve a difficult dilemma: make prompts and authentication simple, ensure security requirements are...
Review of Niche Technologies in the Call Center

Some Nice Niche Technologies

Mainstream technologies get a lot of press. As the backbone of contact center operations, they’re on everyone’s radar and they need to function at...
Call Center Managed Technology Service Tips

Managed Services: Easy to Want, Hard to Buy

Managed services (MS) are easy to want given the desire to lessen reliance on IT, add agility, secure specialty expertise and/or change cost structures....
multitasking-and-long-term-planning

The Three Ms of Implementation

Three management factors play a key role in technology implementation success: Project, Change and Vendor Management. Most organizations focus on project management (PM)—the discipline of...
Tips for Technology Selection in the Call Center

Technology Selection at Today’s Speed

While supporting our clients in technology vendor selection, we find that many companies have limited time and resources to spend performing due diligence through...
WFM Budget Prep

State of the WFO Industry

Workforce Optimization (WFO) technology has been a hotbed of activity as buyers and users clamor for new tools and seek to get more out...
3 Contact Center Technology Tips for Better Assisted Self Service

3 Technology Enablers Make Assisted Service Shine

Most centers have done an admirable job providing options for customers to self-serve. In fact, they’d love it if customers could handle all of...
Contact Center Self Service as a Customer Satisfying Experience

Self-Service as a Customer-Satisfying Experience

Contact centers exist to support customers who need to access information or complete transactions. Companies can reduce costs by addressing those needs, partially if...
Training Aligned

Don’t Shortchange Technology Implementation

Too often, the pursuit of technology is driven by speed and constrained by resources. Experience shows this to be a bad combination. Getting implementation right...
Call Center Knowledge Management

Doing More with Knowledge Management

Knowledge management (KM) is an Achilles’ heel for many contact centers. Some have an abundance of “tribal knowledge” scattered among a core of seasoned...
Underutilized Metrics

CRM and the Contact Center

If you think customer relationship management (CRM) software can only play in the sales sandbox, think again. CRM provides a host of capabilities that...
Plan for Technology Change in the Call Center

Plan For Change

We love to conduct technology strategy projects and have shared how important we think those are for contact centers. We emphasize alignment of technology...
contact center technology misses

Top 5 Reasons Contact Centers Miss the Mark on Technology Implementation and Support

Contact centers rely on technology to meet their business goals, manage their operations, and interact with customers in a variety of media. Unfortunately, they...
Call Center Technology Liason

Could a Business Analyst/Technology Liaison Be in Your Future?

Whether you’re a technophile or a technophobe, you’re in the technology business when you have responsibility for running one or more contact centers. And...
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