November 11, 2008, 12:10 PM — In advance of Obamaâ€™s election victory, it was clear that the US (and global) economies would be in trouble for a while. Whoever would become President-elect, one lingering consequence would be the need for companies in most all sectors of the economy to reduce capital expenditures. That didnâ€™t mean customer service should suffer or that technology expense would cease, but that enterprises would need to find alternative solutions to meet both ends of the customer care requirements: keeping their technology current and meeting customer service goals.
With the election results now in, whatâ€™s different? Well for one, the Obama administration is likely to appoint the first government Chief Technology Officer. And based upon how the Obama campaign embraced â€œnon-traditionalâ€ use of technology on their road to the White House, itâ€™s a good assumption that weâ€™ll see further embracement of alternative technology deployment â€” not for the sake of technology itself but in order to serve â€œthe customersâ€: the US citizens.
Whatâ€™s the connection? Tradition has given way to innovation, customer care still matters, and in order to meet the challenges ahead weâ€™re likely to have the government and its CTO spending on technology wisely and carefully.
In combination, this confluence of forces is likely to further propel the rise of Software as a Service (SaaS) hosted customer care solutions. Numerous Fortune 500 and enterprise companies have aging technology infrastructure that needs to be upgraded and/or replaced. At the same time, capital funding will be reduced while customer service needs to improve. Within the contact center industry, weâ€™re likely to see an acceleration of hosted contact center deployments that require no capital expense yet let firms compete better and still focus on providing high levels of customer service. And the example being set may not be just other companies that have already seen the benefits of this type of hosted technology deployment, but from the new regime in Washington.
Bruce Dresser is chief marketing officer for Echopass, the number one provider of hosted contact center services to the enterprise market. Learn more about Echopass at www.echopass.com and contact Bruce at firstname.lastname@example.org.